Keepers at Home
Keepers At Home
December 8, 2015

CLEAN, TIDY HOUSES How does that happen? Do you ever feel like a clean house is out of your grasp? Do you ever stop in at someone else’s house and it’s pretty tidy even though they didn’t know you were coming? Would you like that? Well, there are certain things that have to occur and […]

Train Up A Child
Train Up a Child
December 8, 2015

Bah, Humbug! By Malissa Custer  Ah yes, the holidays are here! What does that mean for dear old mom? Well, it means a ton of extra work! Gone are the days of sleeping in on Thanksgiving, watching the parade while the meal is prepared, and then picking my way through a huge spread of food. […]

A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
December 8, 2015

Learning to Wait in the Culture of NOW We live in an instant society. At no other time in history has so much been instantaneous. Instant coffee, instant rice, instant soup, instant heat, instant dinner! And while all of those things were present even twenty years ago, we continue to add the ‘instants’ to our […]

Good Things
Good Things
December 8, 2015

An Old-Fashioned Christmas For the December issue, “Good Things” is made up of special Christmas memories from friends we know and love of days gone by. An “old-fashioned Christmas” is valuable for many reasons, not the least of which is to help us remember what may be long-lost values! Just having a lot of things […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
December 8, 2015

A Stress Free Christmas! Christmas time can evoke many emotions: nostalgia, thankfulness, joy, comfort, hominess… For some, the feelings are quite different: anxiety, fear, dread, even ambivalence. For many, the anxiety, dread, and ambivalence come from the many demands that the over-commercialized season puts upon them. To help you make the most of this Holiday […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
October 5, 2015

Meditations, Musings and Memories That Matter I’ve been given a lot. I will confess, I haven’t always realized just how blessed my life really is. I am ashamed to admit that fact, actually. Maybe some of my gratitude springs from the perspective of acquired years. I hope so. Whatever the reason, I know my heart […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink

“Honey, I’m home!” “Hi, Mom. What’s for supper?” “Is it almost time to eat? I’m starving!” These are typical exclamations that I’m sure many wives and mothers are accustomed to hearing late in the afternoon. Husbands are home from work, kids are done with school, and the family members are making their way back home […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers At Home
October 5, 2015

GOOD MANNERS PART II So, are you practicing manners with your kiddos? I’ve been able to be the “manner police” for my neighbor girls! They learn quickly, and I notice they are using their manners. On their own, they even used their manners at Sam’s Club, when given a sample. Make it fun and teach […]

Train Up A Child
Train Up a Child
October 5, 2015

Judgey McJudgerpants! By Malissa Custer Modesty is a subject that comes up a lot in our household. Being surrounded by people who are different than we are on the subject of modesty makes for a lot of discussion. My 4- and 5- year-olds and I have talked all about it. We have taught them to […]

Good Things
Good Things
October 5, 2015

FRIENDS and FRIENDSHIPS By Jill Skalicky Recently I had the opportunity to assume the role of hostess to a former high school and college classmate. Since she currently lives about three hundred miles from me in central Minnesota, it was decided that she would stay for at least two nights, depending on her schedule that […]