Walking Through the Storm (What Really Matters)

Walking Through the Storm (What Really Matters)

Many of you walked with us on our journey through the horrific storm in 2011. Keri at A Happy Home Media asked me last week to share the story with her listeners. She and her husband did an amazing job helping bring the story to life (truly, the special effects are chilling). My heart and prayer […]

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This is What You Need if You are the Parent of a Difficult Child

This is What You Need if You are the Parent of a Difficult Child

I am the parent of a difficult child. If you are too, you know the exhaustion, the tears, the feelings of helplessness and the cycles of prayer/throwing hands up/let’s-try-again talks. You know the extra burden of feeling like you are often not emotionally (or physically) available to your other children because of the intensity of […]

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Raising Wise Adults Starts When They’re Young

Raising Wise Adults Starts When They

When I hear someone talking about “kids these days” or lamenting social problems brought on by adults who make foolish decisions, I want to ask this: “But how do you feel about a child’s earliest training? How important is it for parents to be there carefully guiding their young children as the foundations of all […]

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How Do I Do Relaxed Homeschooling? (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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Lots of people who have read about our relaxed homeschooling lifestyle or my book, Think Outside the Classroom (where I flesh that out a bit), still have questions. The main one is, “but how do I do relaxed homeschooling, specifically?” On one hand, telling you specifics steals a part of the “relaxed” from the equation. Yet, I’ve […]

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How a Woman’s Role Affects Society

How a Woman's Role Affects Society

Doesn’t the feminist speak for the formerly “oppressed woman”, claiming that she only wants to free her from the sad, miserable life society once forced her to live? Does feminism not want us to believe that the “woman of old” was repressed, uninfluential, powerless? I submit to you that mostly women were viewed quite the opposite. Many […]

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Rockin’ and Rulin': Mothers Who’ve Shaped the World

Mothers Who

Since I read the first chapter of the biography of D.L. Moody to my children, I’ve been mulling over what I read about Moody’s mother.  I was impressed by Moody’s influence when I read his biography as a child; but now, his mother amuses me more because I attribute so much of his success to […]

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I Learned A Lot in Public School

I Learned A Lot in Public School

I actually learned a lot in my conservative, small-town public school where virtually every well-intentioned teacher, as far as I knew, as well as the principal, was a self-proclaimed Christian. We still had devotions over the intercom and Teens for Christ meetings in the morning. I graduated a smiling Homecoming Queen, a cheerleader, with an […]

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Abortion: You Don’t Love Women

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A disturbing comment I heard recently keeps ringing in my ears and the tragic error in it needs to be understood. “I believe in abortion because I care about women.” Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions, claims this and the massive campaign they run convinces millions that their fundamental mission is caring about women. […]

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How the World’s Hatred of Babies May Affect you More Than Anything Else

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Jonathan Last, author of What to Expect When  No One’s Expecting, wrote America’s Baby Bust, one of the most insightful, educational pieces on the effects of a population that doesn’t value babies and life. As a mom of a large family, I have, perhaps, a heightened awareness of the temperature of the culture’s and even my community’s  attitude toward […]

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Guide to Living Beautifully

guide to living beautifully

For years, I have loved perusing Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping. It’s charming, instructive, at times humorous, and delightfully nostalgic, reminding us of a time when life was less hurried and women made real, beautiful homes. I read this list to my children this morning, and thought how much I would love to have this […]

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