Author Archives: Jill Aspegren

Children need sophisticated vocabulary…..

A friend recently gifted to me three “old” books. No longer in print, he found old copies and sent them to me. This past weekend I curled up, started to read, and immediately was immersed in pool of complex words … Continue reading

Posted in Children Need....., May 2014 | 1 Comment

Children need the particular…..

Children need the particular, the unique. They need favorite colors and special flavors and textured experiences. This is where mass responses can trip us up because God didn’t create one size fits all. God created the particular. The dictionary defines … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014, Children Need..... | 1 Comment

If we want to offer bread…..

If we want to offer bread, we need to make bread, and the bread making process takes time. We could go purchase it from a store, neatly packaged and sliced, but it’s not the same as a fresh, homemade loaf … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014 | 1 Comment

“I asked God for a dream…..”

Sometimes the Kingdom shows up unexpectedly. We’re hosting an event we’ve held many times – same recipes, same back porch, same, same, same. And then a young man tells me a story, his personal story about the adoption of his … Continue reading

Posted in April 2014 | 1 Comment

Family as a Door That Has Hinges and a Lock – Post 10 of 10

I have so enjoyed passing through this book again. I first read it over a decade ago when we were sketching and dreaming and musing about bringing children separated from their biological families closer to “living family”. It has been … Continue reading

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Family as a Museum of Memories – Post 9 of 10

I suppose it happens more as we age because we have more memories in our storehouse, but surely each of us holds certain sights, smells, tastes, sounds, or touches that kindle something deep within. I have mine, I hope you … Continue reading

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Family as an Educational Control – Post 8 of 10

Good morning! I’m back. 465 posts and counting, we’re going for 500 and then we just might let this field of writing become fallow ground. We will see. Edith uses this word “control” to mean “a matter of constant attention … Continue reading

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Family as an Economic Unit – Post 7 of 10

What is a family? A family is an economic unit – willing to live in conditions “better and worse” in different times of life, expecting to have ideas and a pioneering spirit of approach at times, but also having a … Continue reading

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Family as a Perpetual Relay of Truth – Post 6 of 10

Truth is headline news these days, but I think it has always been and will always be a running current in and around our notion of reality. We all have a deep need to know the truth, to know that … Continue reading

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Family as a Shelter in the Time of Storm – Post 5 of 10

Comfort. Shelter. Refuge. I had the unmistakable privilege of seeing this first hand last weekend. Newborn babies and children only months old being cared for with such love and hope. The origins of the word “comfort” are found in roots … Continue reading

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