Archive for the 'Christian Living' Category

The Worst Christmas Ever, Part 5

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Christmas is a big deal at our house. We grew up in Christian homes, where Christmas was celebrated in a family-oriented, Christ-honoring way. We love the holidays. I try to shop all year, watching out for deals on the things I knew our children would love. Even the times I was on pregnancy bedrest, I…
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Giving Devices for Christmas

Monday, December 8th, 2014

As parents, we have a love/hate relationship with all the devices in our home. We depend on our laptops. We run our business from them and our teen/twenties sons run their businesses from theirs, too. We use them to communicate with each other – especially the grown up kids in other states. If we need to…
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Planning A Christ-Centered Thanksgiving

Monday, November 17th, 2014

  Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays! It’s one of the least commercialized and mangled holidays of our culture. Even the name points people toward the God who gives good gifts. It’s fascinating talking about Thanksgiving with our children. The Pilgrims were really people a lot like us: they were principled Christians who were…
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Why Off-Year Elections Are Important Too

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Tomorrow is our infamous “off year election,” where local elections are in focus and the president watches returns to see whether he finishes his term with a friendly Congress or an opposition in control. Voter turnout is always lower when The Big Prize is not on the ballot. That’s a huge opportunity for the party faithful…
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Keeping An Eye on Competitive Sports

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Over the years, our six boys tried basketball, soccer, baseball, and finally football – which is where most of them settled in. Along the way we learned a few things that make a big difference in the experience for your kids and for the whole family. First, understand sports and competition are not un-Christian! Paul…
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How do I talk to my children about these things?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Here’s what I struggle with: How do I prepare my young boys in case they are exposed to porn without destroying their innocence?  It is a struggle at young ages, but it’s so important. A mom recently told us she discovered her 8 or 9 year old was getting up in the middle of the…
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When They Ask Hard Questions About Spiritual Things…

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

What can we as parents do to help OUR faith become OUR BOYS’ faith? As my son goes into the age if double digits, (10 yrs old soon) I worry about him losing his faith. How do I help him look to God more and not less? These moms are right to be concerned. We read…
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Courtship: Honoring Your Parents

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

We’ve said some critical things about the way the courtship model is sometimes carried out, but one really good thing that has come out of it is the recognition that courtship and marriage involves more than two people, it involves two families. We’re always amused when we hear someone say, “I’m marrying her, not her family,” because…
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It Seems I’m Always Yelling

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

A reader with four boys 8 and under called for help: I feel like when I talk, no one hears me. So then I yell. My friends call me “The Drill Sergeant Mom“. I am so frustrated. Wow, do we ever sympathize! One time, we had a friend — a mother of several girls —…
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A Review: Character Badges

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

I was so excited to see that Caroline Allen’s new Character Badges curriculum was a part of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! I’ve heard Caroline talking about it and I’ve been wanting to take a look at it.

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