Ornament of Grace
Ornaments of Grace
August 15, 2019

Family Friends Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from 2004, giving a glimpse into my life as a mother. They have been a part of our family since the beginning. Having grown up as an only child, my dear, departed mother-in-law used to say, “Books can be such good friends.” This was also the same […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink

Proverbs 31:24 says, “She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchants.” This verse in Proverbs 31 depicts the enterprising nature of the virtuous woman. Not only does she buy a field and plant a vineyard (v. 16), she also perceives her merchandise is good (v. 18). She then lays her […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home
August 15, 2019

It’s good to brush and floss! Actually, it is VERY good! Do you brush and floss? As a former Dental Hygienist, that was a question I generally didn’t have to ask when I looked in my patient’s mouth! Just like a cosmetologist can tell if that hair color is “yours” or from a bottle, and […]

Train Up A Child
Train Up a Child
August 15, 2019

Unconditional Love By Barbara Russell Thirty years ago, I gave birth to my first child, a boy. Again, two years later, “It’s a boy!” my husband announced. I must admit there was a twinge of disappointment because I already had a boy, so I thought having a girl would be nice. But as the midwife […]

A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
August 15, 2019

“Feeling Overwhelmed?” “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” This statement is often spoken in an encouraging manner, but if you are the one in the overwhelming situation, it can seem almost trite and dismissive. There is some truth in this statement, but also a lot of assumptions! First, who is to define […]

Good Things
Good Things
August 15, 2019

Lessons Learned By Jill Skalicky The phrase, “I told you so,” is not unfamiliar to the majority of adults. Indeed, it is a common statement directed at children, and so they are familiar with that phrase, as well. Usually, this comment is directed at someone after he/she realizes or admits the error of a particular […]

A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
August 15, 2019

Deep Thoughts, Part 1 Since the Don of Thyme, man has searched for the deeper meaning of… stuff… and…junk. Myself? I’ve learned to not take things so much at face value: Spray on Hair doesn’t work for filling in “dead spots” in your scalp (but it works great if whimsy strikes and you want to […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
June 3, 2019

I did not have one and neither did you. I cannot be one and neither can you. It is utterly impossible! Try as hard as you and I may, we will never reach the pinnacle of achieving the “perfect mother” or the “perfect daughter” award. There is no such thing, because there are no such […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink

Proverbs 31:23- “Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.” You all have heard the expression, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” This statement originated in the mid 1940’s, and expresses the thought that some woman, somewhere, had a hand in the success of a […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home
June 3, 2019

More Than One Use Often I receive links on my computer that might say, “The Ten Things to do With Shoelaces.” Or, “Did you know you could do ‘what’ with that?” So, I thought I’d go through many of these and select those things that might have been new to me AND ACTUALLY work and […]

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