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Tag: parenting


Working Together to Reap a Harvest

by Kelcie HuffsticklerPosted Oct 20, 2020

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Combines dot the outskirts of my small town this time of year. They trek down row after row, from morning ‘til night, gathering rice, corn, and soybeans from the fields. It’s harvest season. And though it’s hard work, this is the time when farmers get to reap what they sowed during the labor-intensive spring. Harvest […]

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Back to School Encouragement for Moms

by Erin HarrisPosted Aug 26, 2020

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the kids going back to school tomorrow. Even though we KNOW this is what God has called our family to do for now, it FEELS very uncertain, and less than ideal. Stressed out teachers and admin, masks, kids who’ve been cooped up for five months, and, well, COVID. I […]

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How to Help your Child Connect to God and Learn to Pray

by Kelcie HuffsticklerPosted Jul 2, 2020

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My oldest daughter tends to overthink and worry about things at night when she’s tired. Something about a long day and an exhausted mind magnifies her otherwise minor fourth grade problems. I remember one night as she laid in her top bunk above her sister, with tears streaming down her cheeks, I taught her Philippians […]

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Summer is Short

by Tracey EysterPosted Apr 22, 2020

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Have you ever looked over at your kid and thought, “Hey, you are growing up! Where has the time gone?” I think we all do—if not, you may not be paying attention!  I have heard it said, “The days are long, but the years are short,” and while that sounds “off” when you stop and […]

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The Importance of Fun For Your Kids

by Tracey EysterPosted Apr 22, 2020

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If there is anything Pine Cove has taught me as a mom, it is that kids having fun is about a whole lot more than just kids having fun. It is difficult today to process all that is going on in our lives and to juggle our responsibilities, activities, and relationships. The loads that we […]

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8 Parenting Lessons I Learned from the Pine Cove Staff

by Erin HarrisPosted Mar 10, 2020

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Everything I ever needed to know about parenting, I could have learned from college kids. For the past six years, our family has had the privilege of getting to be a part of the ministry of Pine Cove. Because of that ministry, we frequently get to be around college kids who love Jesus. I cannot […]

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25 Core Values for Your Family

by Pine CovePosted Feb 26, 2020

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Christ-centered. Others-focused. Seriously fun. These are Pine Cove’s core values. From crazy skits to deep conversations to high energy times of worship, everything we do gets filtered through those three principles. They help to ensure that Pine Cove stays true to who God has created us to be, so that no matter the changes we […]

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Forge Father Daughter Retreat Preview

by Chris SherrodPosted Nov 19, 2019

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Being a dad to two daughters is such an adventure. To be honest, I was a little unsure at first when we learned we were having a baby girl. My wife and I already had three boys and I felt I had a pretty good grasp on what that was supposed to look like. But […]

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3 Ways to Communicate Your Way to a More Joyful Holiday Season

by Scott KedershaPosted Nov 13, 2019

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Those holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time for food, football, and friends. Along with the good times come countless opportunities for relational challenges. And we all know these communication and conflict struggles are heightened during the holidays. Every significant relationship will face challenges with communication and conflict resolution. This holds true […]

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How to Have a Hangtime with Your Kids

by Jenny LayPosted Oct 9, 2019

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Skits, camp names, and counselors jumping upon your arrival… all things that are an integral part of just about any Pine Cove camp experience. Another important  experience for youth campers (and children at family camp) is something called a hangtime. In Pine Cove’s staff handbook, a hangtime is defined as “an intentional time with just […]

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