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Since 2002, LAF has refuted the follies of feminism and promoted a strong, intelligent, biblical view of womanhood. We love femininity and are delighted to share the beauties of the womanly virtues with women all over the world. New to LAF? Start here! Looking for older articles? Please visit the archives!

The Tebow Bill (HB 347, SB391, SB2046): Why Oppose It

April 22, 2015 | Author:

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Texas is an exceptional state in regards to homeschooling. We are not one of the most free to homeschool in, we are the most free to homeschool in. Because of this, comparing the other states that have passed “Tebow” bills to Texas and the lack of new regulations those bills have so far produced is simply an illegitimate argument. Home schooling is practiced in all 50 states and parents have the right to choose to homeschool under those individual state laws. Texas is the only state where home educating parents are completely free of regulation in any form, be it district approval, curriculum approval, registering with districts, or mandated testing, etc… Therefore, if even one regulation that is equal to what the other states already have in place; Texas has then raised its regulations on homeschooling 100%.  THSC president has made the statement that “nothing in the current bill” brings regulations to those who choose to participate, but the key word there is current and there is no guarantee that once it leave committee it will resemble how it is “currently”(THSC, 2015).

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I traded perfect for a house full of real

April 21, 2015 | Author:

Photo credit: LIsa Jo Baker, Surprised by Motherhood

Photo credit: LIsa Jo Baker, Surprised by Motherhood

By Lisa-Jo Baker at Surprised by Motherhood

We are so quick to despair over our own dirty laundry – especially the grown up kind – and then assume so easily and quickly that those other moms at the playground has her life and her laundry together.

We believe somewhere deep down in our sleep-deprived minds that there are perfect moms out there. With perfect homes and minivans and meal planning systems.

Perfect moms with perfect kids who do all the things we can’t seem to manage without breaking a sweat.

We judge ourselves by the perfect standards we think that everyone except ourselves manages to live up to.

Last night I thought my kids were playing nicely in the front yard and then I looked outside and LOST MY MIND.

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Fund for Widowed New Mother of 8

April 21, 2015 | Author:

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Mike and Niki Rogan, were driving to the hospital early this morning [4/17/2015] with their seven children, in anticipation of welcoming an eighth child into their beautiful family.

On the way, an oncoming car hit a deer which was thrown into the Rogans’ vehicle.  Mike did not survive the accident. Niki and the children survived with only minor injuries. Niki gave birth to their son, Blaise, hours after the accident.

Donate via GoFundMe.com here

UPDATE: If you’d prefer to send a check to support the Rogan family mail it to this address:

Rogan Fund
PO Box 5132
Wausau, WI 54402-5132

You can send cards, flowers, etc to St. Mary’s Oratory:
http://www.institute-christ-king.org/wausau/

Are You Living (and Leaving) a Legacy in Your Home?

April 20, 2015 | Author:

How to Live (and Leave) a Legacy in Your HomeThree years ago, two of my best friends and I planned an overnight get-a-way where we just brainstormed about life with each other.

One of our epiphanies was this:

We want to leave a real, meaningful legacy behind, and we want to help other women do that too.

From that deep-seated passion, Living a Legacy conference was born, and a few months later we met with over 200 women and shared our hearts about what “leaving a legacy” means and how we can begin, right now, in our families to leave something behind far bigger than ourselves. 

“I’m back from the Living A Legacy conference. All I can say is WOW. What a great time we had. It was just fantastic. All the speakers did a great job.….The conference was encouraging and uplifting. I can’t say enough good things about it!” -Heather

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Surprise!

April 18, 2015 | Author:

Stats Speak Volumes About the Virtue of Marriage Over Cohabitation

April 14, 2015 | Author:

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TheeErin, Compfight CC

[Editor’s Note: Sometimes articles like this can be discouraging to single parents or children growing up in broken homes. These stats are speaking of wide spread generalizations and are not an account of grace, protection, and provision that God promises to those who are faithful to Him and who find themselves affected by degenerating relationship standards.]

The American College of Pediatricians recently published a paper, Cohabitation, which cautions adolescents and young adults about the negative consequences of cohabitation for both themselves and their children, and urges parents to teach their children about the advantages of waiting until marriage.

More young people are now first cohabiting than are marrying without prior cohabitation, yet research shows that, rather than being a stepping-stone to a healthy marriage, living together before marriage (cohabitation) makes couples more likely to break-up and more likely to divorce if they do marry. It results in lower marital satisfaction and increased negative communication. Cohabiting couples spend less time together; men are more likely to spend their time on personal pleasure than do married men.

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How Women Influence Civilization

April 14, 2015 | Author:

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© Ah, the life….design

New Study: Early Academics Not Good For Kids

April 14, 2015 | Author:

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URBANA – A University of Illinois professor is stirring havoc among early childhood education advocates with a new study that debunks the popular belief that earlier formal education is better. Furthermore, the report maintains that a narrow academic curriculum does not recognize the innate inquisitiveness of young children and ultimately fails to address the way they learn.

The report, “Lively Minds: Distinctions between academic versus intellectual goals for young children,” was written by Lilian G. Katz and focuses on the need for intellectual education – which she found was best for preschoolers – versus academic education – what schools typically offer.

Katz found that free play and basic activities encourage intellectual development while straight academics encourages better test scores, but not necessarily brighter and more curious adults.

While “formal instruction produces good test results in the short term,” she says, preschool curriculum and teaching methods that emphasize children’s interactive roles and initiative may be “not so impressive in the short run” but “yield better school achievement in the long term.”

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Stay-At-Home Mom Of Six Built Coolest Laundry Room Ever…For Only $400

April 7, 2015 | Author:

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DIY: The Shirt Skirt

April 6, 2015 | Author:

Photo credit: Sew Like My Mom

Photo credit: Sew Like My Mom

I developed an idea in my head I thought just might be crazy enough to work. The next chance I had to steal away alone, I made a beeline for Goodwill. I found exactly what I was looking for, got my purchase for half-price, and excitedly headed home.

The Hubs thought I was a little crazy when I explained my idea to him. I measured, cut, and finally, with trepidation, I started sewing. Less than 30 minutes later I was wearing my Shirt Skirt!! That’s right–I made a skirt for myself from a man’s tshirt!! A shirt skirt!

It’s the easiest thing in the world to do! And I just can’t stop making them.

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I’m Single. Is Jesus Enough?

April 6, 2015 | Author:

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Robert Tewart Compfight CC

If, like me, you’re single and crying out not to be, you’ve probably heard at some point or other (perhaps many times) something like this: You should find your satisfaction in Christ, rather than hoping to have that ache inside filled by a future spouse.

It sounds so right. And that’s because it is, in one sense, absolutely true. Jesus should be our all-in-all. He should be enough.

But there’s another sense in which I think it’s wrong to give us singles the impression that Jesus can satisfy that stab we feel inside when we look at someone else’s wedding photos or hold someone else’s baby.

Let me explain.

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The Dark Side of the Womb

April 6, 2015 | Author:

Photo credit: Mercatornet, Family Edge

Photo credit: Mercatornet, Family Edge

Two months ago, I had a baby. Two weeks ago, I was still meant to be pregnant. Our son, Reuben, was born prematurely. The most beautiful, if presumptuous, little being to come into the world. He spent five weeks in hospital, first in a humidi-crib, and after a time, in an open one- an upgrade my hubby and I celebrated with a cocktail.

Reuben’s other milestones included having his IV drip removed, next his heart monitors, then his oxygen monitor, and finally, his feeding tube, which translated into a ticket home. He has been a little champion throughout the whole journey. It could have gone a very different way, or at least, at a much slower pace.

My sole experience of having a baby included a complicated pregnancy – involving a trip to emergency at twenty weeks, broken waters at twenty-nine weeks, and two weeks in hospital leading up to Reuben’s delivery by emergency caesarean.

Was it all worth it? Am I traumatized by the experience? Or, if not that, is it worth the complete overthrow of life-as-it-was? At 22, there is the added factor that few people of my age are choosing family life so soon. That does make the undertaking more daunting, I think.

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How a North Carolina Mom Turned Lolly Wolly Doodle Into a $10M Clothing Empire

April 2, 2015 | Author:

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Lolly Wolly Doodle facebook page

Brandi Temple was a stay-at-home mother of four in Lexington, North Carolina, with a sewing machine that was collecting dust when she turned her talent into a $10 million clothing line.

“My husband bought it for me for Mother’s Day and it was a joke because he said, ‘Are you ever going to use it,'” Temple told ABC News of the sewing machine.

Temple dusted off the sewing machine and put it to use in 2008 when her two daughters began asking her for a specific type of clothes.

“My daughters were five years apart and they wanted to match,” she said. “I couldn’t find anything in the market.”

Temple began making dresses not just for daughters but for others too. She began to sell the clothes and her clothing company, Lolly Wolly Doodle, was born.

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“There is no stronger bond than that between mother and child”

April 2, 2015 | Author:

[Editor’s note: Primal bond, is obviously an evolutionary term we wouldn’t normally use here. God created a wonderfully amazing bond between mother and child and deserves the credit.]

Last week the anniversary of an old injustice and the prospect of a new injustice came together and challenged us. March 21 was the second anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoption. In 2013 our then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, spoke movingly to the nation about “the most primal and sacred bond there is: the bond between a mother and her baby”.

Our then Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, also affirmed “there is no stronger bond than that between mother and child”.

Both leaders apologised for a misguided policy that had broken this primal bond and caused ongoing grief to mothers and children.

How hypocritical, then, that last Thursday a new policy to break that primal bond was scheduled to come before the Senate. It was a policy that would institute marriage without a woman, and so create families without a mother. Senator David Leyonhjelm’s Freedom to Marry Bill 2014 was withdrawn from the Senate at the last minute, in the face of two million emails urging the Government to keep marriage between man and woman.

The Bill will return and, if passed, would be a coldly calculated decision to abolish a mother from the lives of any future children created within two-man ‘marriage’. The most primal and sacred bond would be broken again.

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IRS: Abortions are Eligible for a Tax Deduction, Stillborn Babies are Not

April 2, 2015 | Author:

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lifesite news

It’s tax time and millions of Americans are looking for extra deductions to get the maximum refund possible. Some Americans may be surprised to know that, if they aborted their baby last year, they’re eligible for a deduction.

Did you know that abortions are apparently eligible for a tax deduction? That appears to be true, so says the IRS.

So what does the IRS say about deducting the cost of killing your child? “You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for a legal abortion,” it says.

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