A Beautiful Circle

| March 21, 2011

“Now I have to give you this kiss (pointing to his thumb), and now I have to give you these kisses.” He points to each little finger and kisses me twice for each finger. My heart bursts forth with love. I’m so thankful for God’s grace. The little reminders of His grace that really aren’t so […]

Lose your kids, find yourself

| March 10, 2011

This has been making the rounds on the Internet and was a source of discussion on the Passionate Housewives Desperate for God Facebook page last week. There are so many things going on here that it’s hard to comment on them all, but Mariette Ulrich on Mercatornet has done a good job: Salon, the Woman’s […]

Lousy Mamma

| March 7, 2011

I have a recurring, nasty thought that I’m really a lousy Mamma. I know it is a bit depressive and probably isn’t true, but it has recurred persistently over the last 17 years. Why today? The baby wouldn’t be quiet for a two-minute silence for Remberance Day, the four-year-old had lost her enthusiasm for Duplo […]

The Flour is Almost Gone

| March 3, 2011

The flour is almost gone, and I’m weary of pancakes. Single-parent families are struggling in this economy just like our married friends. We will not tell you how bad it is, but this article is intended to give the Body a glimpse of what it is like in our homes. Please do not judge. We […]

Are we really Pro-Life?

| February 1, 2011

An excellent, thought-provoking piece from Valerie at In Faith and Purity: Let’s be clear and make no confusion about my heart on this. I am not saying at all that if you use birth control of any kind, you are pro-abortion. I know many different families with many different views on children, and I know […]

Are new mothers happy?

| February 1, 2011

Another excellent piece from Mercatornet: According to this Wall Street Journal blog piece: That’s the question of new, dueling research articles out in the February issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family, which try to explain the decline in marital happiness of some new mothers. I don’t need a research article (never mind two) […]

“Tiger Mom” parenting

| February 1, 2011

From the folks at Mercatornet: With the feverish discussion going on over at the Wall Street Journal about the parenting style of “Chinese mother” Amy Chua (nearly 7,000 comments, last time I checked), I’m not sure why I felt the need to toss in my two cents—perhaps I felt ‘called out’ to defend my own […]

Berries in winter

| January 31, 2011

Really, there’s nothing quite like it… After vainly combing the catalogs and internet looking for a plus-size lambswool fair isle cardigan in shades of gray and red (just looking you understand; just wasting time wishing and window shopping, a’course.) After weeks of that, there’s nothing quite like having your daughter set out to the Goodwill […]

Of books there is no end…

| November 30, 2010

From our dear friend Becky Morecraft: Here’s my theory and I’m sticking to it: the family that reads books together – aloud – as a part of their weekly fellowship, will always be ‘on the same page.’ I was read to often as a child and still love the sound of my mother’s voice reading some favorite […]

Why Can’t You Just Be NORMAL???

| November 22, 2010

Has anyone ever asked you that question? If you care at all about raising your children to walk with God, chances are, you have. I will admit that I often feel like the lemming at the edge of the cliff, who, after seeing the fate that awaits him if he follows the crowd, turns around, […]

Raising Kids Isn’t Just a ‘Necessary Task’

| October 11, 2010

From the National Review Online: The former head of Planned Parenthood, Gloria Feldt, has a new book out, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change the Way We Think about Power and Leadership. Her interview with the New York Times suggests that the book is exactly what you’d expect. Feldt laments that women haven’t reached […]

Is it Really All About Me?

| October 7, 2010

“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those who are with young.” Isaiah 40:11 I have to admit, these words didn’t mean that much to me when I was a college girl singing the piece from […]

Childrearing is Soulwinning . . . Or Not

| October 7, 2010

Modern-day Christian parents can’t figure out why their children are turning away from God in droves and rejecting the faith they were raised with, and it’s not uncommon to hear older couples in churches speak with regret about their children “who aren’t following the Lord.” Bewilderment and confusion surrounds their thinking as they try to […]

“Where children’s moral sense starts”

| October 7, 2010

This comes from an excellent piece by Mary R. Hasson over at Mercatornet: Many of today’s kids seem to be flunking the daily moral tests of life. James, a teacher-friend of mine, lamented recently how “morally challenged” his high school students seem to be. “They don’t think twice about lying or slamming someone’s reputation. Cheating […]

The real magic of family dinners

| September 28, 2010

From the folks at Mercatornet: September 27 was CASA Family Dinner Day in the United States and a report from the research centre confirms the important role of family dinners in keeping teenagers connected to their parents and free of substance abuse…. Teens who have frequent family dinners (5 to 7 per week) are much […]