If You’re a New Mom Afraid of Doing it Wrong, Lean in Close

So you’re a young mom, maybe a new mom, afraid of doing it wrong? Of course you are. That’s perfectly normal. It makes you a good mom who cares deeply for her child. But let me give you some advice from a seasoned place of mothering for 23 years…. We’re all afraid of doing it wrong and that fear doesn’t really get better with age and you need to go ahead and settle the fact that you will do a […]

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What I’m Doing About My Aging Face

OK girls, this is pretty exciting and I just wanted to let you all know about it. I’m aging. We all are, but you know that place where you finally realize you might need to try putting something on your face besides coconut oil or your cheapo go-to moisturizer? Well I’m there. And I’m pretty particular about what I put on my skin. I don’t do the parabens and chemicals I know are toxic. I’m not a purist, but I […]

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Hurricane Relief For Our Friend & His Missing Family

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UPDATE: Josh located his family today, 5 days after the storm. I don’t know many details, but the relief crew is still going with supplies to assist families in the area. With the tremendous damage left int he wake of the Houston flood and now Irma, opportunities abound to extend love and practical help to so many who need it. In fact, there can be so many opportunities, you don’t know which one to take. If you have desired to […]

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Children: The Life Gift That Brings the Sweetest Death

She’s the fiery one, the sneaky one, the one full of life and passion. The one God sent to show me myself…to rub off the edges. How can I imagine life without her? She’s the one born after our  decision to receive our children from God’s hand. Had we not been asked the question… not been challenged, not been given that book that made us ponder, not been prodded by the Holy Spirit–she would not be here. My fourth born […]

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Building Family Relationships: Helping Siblings Bond

We all desire (or should) to build family relationships, and help our children tie heart strings with each other.  “Sibling rivalry” is so common that it’s tempting to just accept it. But though it is common, and I would even say normal, we shouldn’t actually accept it, as Christian families. I know, this is HARD!!! It is possible and appropriate that siblings should share some of the tenderest, sweetest and most protective relationships of all.  But unless we understand this […]

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The Homeschool Advantage: Relax, You’re Already a Teacher

Are you a homeschooling mom who is always worried that you’re not doing it right, measuring your methods against the conventional classroom? Researchers tell us that the ideal teaching situation is one teacher for one or a few students; so by default, the one teacher per classroom full of students is NOT the ideal, it’s just the reality, and the classroom methods used are the best way to handle that disadvantaged reality. Your reality looks different.  Shouldn’t you consider, maybe […]

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Training Children: The Life Work

“The parent’s part is to train them for life, to send them out of the home ready for whatever duty or mission God may have ready for them….What we want to do with our children is not merely to control them and keep them in order, but to implant true principles deep in their hearts which shall rule their whole lives; to shape their character from within into Christlike beauty, and to make of them noble men and women, strong […]

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3 Powerful Lessons We (& Our Children) Need from Daniel

Reading through the book of Daniel in the mornings to the kids has given me a refreshing reminder of what a follower of God looks like. It’s easy to forget in our often self-defined versions of Christianity. Here are 3 huge lessons we have learned so far: 1. Having the right to be angry or retaliate doesn’t mean we should. Daniel and his 3 friends were literally kidnapped from their families and homeland, taken by force to a foreign (pagan) […]

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Raising Daughters of Grace, Beauty and Loveliness

Raising Daughters of Grace, Beauty and Loveliness

  Loveliness.  Grace.  True Beauty. You recognize it when you see it.  But it’s becoming rare.  And in the insanity of our transgender culture, it’s completely upside down and no doubt, more confusing than ever for those of us trying to wade through the confusion. There was a day, I believe, where women were more cherished (despite what many believe) and treated like ladies and they played the part.  Being delicate was not a weakness and acting like a female was […]

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How Internet Pornography Destroys People & Families (And What We Can Do About it)

Solomon said “there’s nothing new under the sun” but he hadn’t counted on Internet pornography. Of course the sin isn’t new but we are the first to witness the “internet pornography experiment” and are only just beginning to see its devastating effects. I’m writing this because I believe nothing is more destructive to people and families, and for that reason, we need to all be fighting it for the sake of our sons and daughters and marriages, from the inside and […]

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