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 […]

A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
October 5, 2015

When Inspiration Turns to Impasse “Comparison is the thief of joy.” –Theodore Roosevelt I love being inspired. I would consider myself a creative person. I enjoy thinking outside of the box to make something unique and special. I like pretty things, and I am what some might call “cheap,” although I prefer “frugal.” Websites like […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
October 5, 2015

Travel Plans There’s a whole subculture of people out there I’ve only recently discovered. They are the Brave Hearts; the ones who are unafraid to experience those things others shun—the crazy, the wacky, the bizarre. Yes, they’re travelers, but they are so much more; they seek out places the average person wouldn’t dream even exist. […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
August 11, 2015

A Deep Question How well I remember my days of motherhood, when I still had very young children at home! Amid all the recollections and “warm fuzzies” of that era of my life are nestled some frustrating memories, as well. Back then, I considered it a respite from the tasks and pressures at hand, to […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink

A Well Balanced Meal I was picking up my two youngest children from a friend’s house after a day of working at the Christian school. As usual, they cheerfully climbed into the van, and we began the typical questions regarding how their day had gone. This particular day when asked what they had had for […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home
August 11, 2015

What is it? Some people have it.  Everyone should do it.  It’s most often a result of good training. It’s never wrong to do. It’s usually noticed- more so when it’s lacking. It’s lovely. It’s kind. It’s polite. Have you guessed yet?  It’s MANNERS! Do you ever observe bad manners and think, “What is wrong […]

Train Up A Child
Train Up a Child
August 11, 2015

Military Mom I’ve been described as a no-nonsense kind of mom. Military style, even! When I heard that for the first time, I brushed it off, but when I heard it from more than a few people I decided I had better park there for a while and decide if that is who I want […]

A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
August 11, 2015

Why You Might Need a “Facebook Fast” I recently went on a “Facebook fast.” It was an unintentional fast, brought on partly because of busy life and partly because I was away from home and my computer. It started before I even left home, since I was going through my phone and deleting apps that […]

Good Things
Good Things
August 11, 2015

What Do You Do All Day? “What do you do all day?” That was the question asked by one of our 13-year-old granddaughters one Sunday afternoon. This was not an unusual query, in light of the fact that I have been retired for almost nine years after working for twenty-seven years for the public school […]