Honestly, I just don't want to think about this right now. We're literally just three years off from having yet ANOTHER teenage girl in our charge. Just in case you haven't already heard the hubby and I have already ushered FIVE girls into adulthood, and it didn't resemble the Brady Bunch. It was a bit more like Roseanne. In fact, we almost threw a celebratory party when we learned Avery was a boy. Seriously!
Neither of us have ever been known for doing things the easy way, so I'm sure none of our parenting hurdles have come to any type of surprise to anyone. I mean who blends together two families consisting of four girls nearly all the same age just at the onset of puberty? Well, us. That's who! Apparently we like a challenge.
Today marks Harmony's 10th birthday. It was a monumental year in our family. After nine years of uh-hem "courtship" (aka playing house) we officially joined together in holy matrimony. My father passed away in April, Harmony (our first grandchild) was born in July, and we married in September. There was a lot going on in our lives. Things really haven't changed since then. It's always something, or rather a lot of somethings.
With all the unique challenges we face in our life I am more than grateful for the products that are created that help us with the tough things we face. Passport2Purity by Dennis & Barbara Rainey is a tool that gives me a little more confidence knowing I have it tucked in my back pocket. I'm not sure there are too many parents that get excited about the tough topics of conversation that we need to face as our children begin traveling the turbulent waters of adolescents.
Fortunately, we've had some experience in this regard. At least we know a little of what to expect. I mean, we're not so lucky as to have the assurance of predictability, but at least we have learned that open dialogue is essential, and relationship is key. Passport2Purity is a foundational tool that opens the doors to the tough topics of the challenges our children face in the years ahead. It doesn't take too much effort to see that at least some of the hurdles are different for them than they were for us. We live in an age of sexting, bullying, online stalking, and moral defiance. Sometimes we may wonder if there is even such a thing as innocence in today's culture.
Passport2Purity is designed as a combined listening experience that facilitates the tough, heart to heart conversations that need to take place between parents and their budding adolescents. There are object lessons and guided conversations all packaged up nicely in a Passport2Purity weekend getaway.