The State of a Union

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How grows your marriage? The State of a Union

When my husband and I built our house ten years ago, we planted two ginkgo trees on either side of our front yard. The trees looked identical the day we put them in the ground, but since that time one has flourished and the other has floundered. The tree on the west side of our house gets plenty of sunshine…. Read more »

A Tale of Three Babies

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A Tale of Three Babies -- what an amazing story!

Baby #1: Inconvenient “I’m getting an abortion, and nothing you say is going to talk me out of it.” That’s what a friend of ours was told by his girlfriend when he accidentally got her pregnant, twenty-some-odd years ago. Although both were old enough to get married, settle down, and start a family, neither was interested in doing so. There… Read more »

Never Enough Time?

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"If you don't have the time to do the things that you ought to do, it means that you've tried to do something God hasn't called you to." - Jennifer Flanders

My husband and I are both list makers by nature, but we approach our lists differently. I’m all about the details, which is why I’ve been known to start the New Year with as many as seven type-written pages of goals and resolutions. My husband, on the other hand, tries to boil down his goals into as few words as… Read more »

Top 14 Posts for 2014

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Loving Life at Home

My husband loves to keep tabs on my blog stats. He tracks the numbers far more faithfully than I do. What follows is a listing of my most-viewed posts of 2014 (one of which was a reblog of something he’d posted over at All Truth is God’s Truth). These top 14 include articles on marriage, parenting, homemaking, and feminism, with… Read more »

Merry Christmas to All…

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I hope you’ve had a joyous Christmas celebration today. Our family will be celebrating a day late, as Doug had to spend Christmas at the hospital this year (on call). If you are looking to unwind after the busy-ness of the day’s activities, I’d recommend reading a post my husband published on his blog this week: Christmas — A Season… Read more »

How Does Your Husband Spell RESPECT?

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How does your husband spell RESPECT - a 30-Day Challenge for wives

Every man craves respect. I think that deep desire to be well-esteemed by family, friends, and foe alike is hardwired into the Y-chromosome. The vast majority of men value respect even over love. One of the most powerful things you can do to build up your man and strengthen your marriage is to shower your husband with the respect and… Read more »

Living with a Thankful Heart

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"... never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - JFK

We need to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Giving thanks is something that we are commanded repeatedly in Scripture to do. Obviously, it is important to God for His children to be grateful. Space won’t permit me to list all the references here, but consider this small sampling of verses: • “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will… Read more »

Making Big Investments in Little Things

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Recipe for Success: Making Big Investments in Little Things

President Obama created quite a stir last week with his comments regarding Moms who leave the workplace to stay home and raise children: “That’s not a choice we want Americans to make,” he said resolutely. His solution to the pesky problem of SAHMs? Taking more and more children out of their homes at younger and younger ages and placing them… Read more »

Don’t Waste the Crust

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Encouragement for anybody who has something hard to swallow on their plate: Don't Waste the Crust

I’ve never been one of those mothers who carefully pared the crust off the PBJ’s I served my children for lunch. For well over 20 years now, I’ve been coaxing my kids to eat the crusts of their sandwiches using the following rationale: It’s wasteful to leave them. -and- That’s where most of the vitamins are. And for well over… Read more »