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Communicating with Your Teen: Those 4 Longed-For Words

Do you know what those four words are? They’re the ones every person longs to hear from a parent: “I’m proud of you.” Yet so many parents withhold them from their children’s aching ears. I’ve heard adults who have children and grandchildren of their own, along with impressive lists of other accomplishments, bemoan the fact that they’ve never heard those simple words from Mom or Dad. Why do so … Continue

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Best Plywood for Small Watercraft

When building a canoe, kayak, or other small boat, you want to use a wood that’s lightweight yet will provide durability for gliding through the water. Choosing the right wood requires knowledge of how it stands up to wet environments, as well as how heavy or light it is when crafted into planks. You’ll certainly want to know a boat’s going to hold up when navigating through heavy rapids and that … Continue

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The Truth About Self-Esteem

It seems like anyone who exhibits symptoms of frustration, despair, or self-consciousness is labeled as having low self-esteem. They may be told to love themselves, or we may try to convince them of their worth. Especially during adolescence, when egocentrism naturally guides their behavior, teens need to be presented with their Creator’s view. As with any issues of life, God’s Word has … Continue

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Freshman Year: Full of New Experiences

For the first time, you will be away from your parents’ rules. You will have your own place to call home. For the first time, you will be away from your high school friends and any drama or pressure they may cause to your life. For the first time, you will leave your comfort zone and experience a new world; a world with new beginnings and new experiences. For the first time, you will be … Continue

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Best Plywood for Small Watercraft

When building a canoe, kayak, or other small boat, you want to use a wood that’s lightweight yet will provide durability for gliding through the water. Choosing the right wood requires knowledge of how it stands up to wet environments, as well as how heavy or light it is when crafted into planks. You’ll certainly […]

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As Ipe becomes less readily available, evaluating prospective alternatives is becoming more and more important. While Cumaru and other species  are worth consideration, Jatoba, or Brazilian Cherry, is growing in popularity, and for good reason: It is truly an outstanding stand-in for Ipe decking. In Part 1, we compared Jatoba with Ipe by examining two […]

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Tropical Decking Comparisons: Jatoba vs. Ipe, Part 1

With the current shortage of Ipe, Jatoba is one of the species rising to the forefront as an alternative decking species. We’ll look at this excellent alternative, comparing it side-by-side with Ipe so you can determine which species best suits your taste and project needs. As we examine these two species, we’ll consider the four […]

love for granddaughter

Communicating with Your Teen: Those 4 Longed-For Words

Do you know what those four words are? They’re the ones every person longs to hear from a parent: “I’m proud of you.” Yet so many parents withhold them from their children’s aching ears. I’ve heard adults who have children and grandchildren of their own, along with impressive lists of other accomplishments, bemoan the fact […]

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