The Blessing of Children

Who’s Design IS This?–What’s WRONG with Our Family-building Approach, and How We Can Fix It

My parents bought a skeleton house with nothing but the frame and the siding intact. At first, we had no running water, no electricity, no heating, and no cooling. Dad filled plastic barrels in the back of his truck with water from a pumping station and hauled them home for us to top off our… Continue reading Who’s Design IS This?–What’s WRONG with Our Family-building Approach, and How We Can Fix It

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My Faith Journey

How I Deal with Discouragement

You know that feeling when you're so frustrated you want to cry? But then you can't because for some reason your eyes insist on staying dry. Instead of tears for an outlet, you form prayers, and¬†fling them upward hoping they'll smack into heaven at some point if you just yell them (inwardly)¬†loud enough. That's frustration,… Continue reading How I Deal with Discouragement

A Heavenly Hearth: Homekeeping from the Heart

The Ugly Pattern We Need to Avoid — But Don’t

  How often do we stand in the way of our own success? Are we our own greatest obstacle? Do we make excuses instead of seek solutions? How often do we "suffer" under a self-imposed destitution? Can we tell the difference between a self-inflicted condition and a God-ordained test? This is just one example out… Continue reading The Ugly Pattern We Need to Avoid — But Don’t