How to Live (and Parent) in a Society That Rejects Truth

How to Live (and Parent) in a Society That Rejects Truth

The Supreme Court decision legalizing homosexual unions no doubt casts a weight of discouragement over us. Not because we are bigots or hate homosexuals (we’re not, we don’t), but because the attempt to redefine marriage is impossible, wrong and devastating to family and society, opening a Pandora’s box of immorality. We can’t redefine an institution God created, […]

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Why My (10) Children Disagree With You About Getting Enough Attention

Why My 10 Children Disagree With You About Getting Enough Attention

Why My (10) Children Disagree With You About Getting Enough Attention Big families are a bit of a freak show, and I’ve come to accept that. When we go out in public, we prepare ourselves for the onslaught of stares and awkward questions from strangers about our fertility even though we don’t return the probing questions […]

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Simple, Awesome Ideas for Whole-Schooling (Relaxed Homeschooling)

Simple, Awesome Ideas for Whole-Schooling (Relaxed Homeschooling)

We practice relaxed homeschooling which is somewhere between traditional schooling and unschooling. What drives our educational philosophy is simply the fact that the goal of education is to learn (not to take a test or get a job), learning happens all the time, from the time we are born until we die, and a well-rounded education […]

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The Old & Young Were Meant to Live Life Together

The Old & Young Were Meant to Live Life Together

Mount St. Vincent, a nursing home in Seattle, Washington is experimenting with a new idea: sharing their day with a preschool. A filmmaker, Evan Briggs, captured on film the sweet interactions and obvious benefits to having young and old share life together. This film ripped my heart open. Not because of the tenderness or beauty […]

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Portrait of a Courageous Woman of God, Elisabeth Elliot

Portrait of a Courageous Woman of God, Elisabeth Elliot

A beautiful woman of faith, a true saint, fearlessly courageous, bold and devoted to her God, died this week. She was an early mentor of mine through books and audios, and her faithfulness has left an indelible impression in my life. Elisabeth walked through some dark places and maintained that God used it all to make […]

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Why “I Can’t Afford It” Could Be the Best Thing For Your Children

Why I Can

Americans are pretty obsessed with “affording” stuff. I saw a quote recently, though I can’t recall it, that said something like: “We work all the time to afford all the things we never have time to enjoy because we’re always working.” We’ve afforded bigger homes, nicer cars, longer vacations, but we can’t afford for mom to […]

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The Quiet Fight Among Women

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Angie Tolpin, my friend and fellow blogger, has addressed a tough, relevant issue among women head on, in her 8-part, online study, Redeeming the Division, The Quiet Fight Between Women. As I’ve gone through the study, it has been such a refreshing, convicting reminder of how very important it is for us, women of God, to be […]

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Why I Agreed to Do a National Interview About (Not) Being Quiverfull

Why I Agreed to Do a National Interview About (Not) Being Quiverfull

They wanted to tell my perspective, in light of the Duggar’s recent presence in the news, of what it means to be “Quiverfull.” It was a radio show that airs on NPR. My first thought was to decline. Publicity typically doesn’t go well for people and the farther we can stay away from it, probably, […]

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I’m Not Raising a Family (The Problem With Short-Sighted Living)

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People are tired, frustrated, bored or discouraged. You can see it, hear it, feel it. What’s more, you might be one of those people. We all are at some point. And I think I know why: Because we measure our contentment by today’s work. We live short-sighted lives–living for today or maybe next week, (until our […]

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What if You Can’t Teach Your Child? (A Big Sigh of Relief to Homeschooling Parents)

What if You Can

Homeschooling has had to fight some pretty deep-seated myths because the machine that runs the government system of education plants those myths deeply to keep it running. Every homeschooling parent has heard at some point: “What if you’re not qualified to teach your children?” “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there […]

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