Always on the Outside Looking In

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve seen that this particular article is in the “Encouragement/Devotion” category. I don’t think it’s a particularly encouraging article, other than to say that if you can relate to what I’m writing, you’re not alone…I’m feeling the same way, too. I always feel like I’m on the outside looking in…can [ keep reading ]

‘Tis (Almost) the Season to Be Jolly

I love Autumn. Living in the Pennsylvania woods is always a blessing, but particularly so during the months of Fall. Vast expanses of colorful foliage evoke thoughts of favorite activities and aromas: campfires, hot cocoa, apple cider, pumpkins, hayrides, cinnamon sticks and crisp morning air where wispy puffs of breath become visible, like smoke. For [ keep reading ]

Rest for the Weary

School, work, cooking, cleaning, shopping, church and Bible studies, taking care of kids, spending time with family and friends…the list of things keeping us busy seems endless. You can try to stay on top of everything, giving up those things that seem less important in an effort to make it through the week. All too [ keep reading ]

Lift Up Your Neighbor

What do you think would happen if every one of us committed to making a concentrated effort to reach out and offer encouragement to those around us on a regular basis? What if there were a way to start a trend, so-to-speak, that crosses all ethnic and racial boundaries, political partisans and backyard fences to [ keep reading ]

For Cryin’ out Loud, Parents, Let Kids Do Their Own School Work

We’re blessed to live in a nation where abundant educational opportunities exist. We are also blessed that we are free to choose what type of education best suits our families, be it private school, charter school, public school or homeschooling. Life itself is an education, especially if parents allow their children to learn from it. [ keep reading ]

Sometimes, You Have to Ditch the Plan

Are you a “list” person? I’m not. Well, not really. I mean, there are times when lists come in handy for me. Our family frequently has several kids at a time involved in various sports activities, I work from home and we home-school (this year, six students); so, yeah, lists serve a purpose when my [ keep reading ]

The Value of Tradition

Growing up in a military household, there were two things we always knew: no matter where we went, we would always have each other and we could look forward to family traditions every year. I don’t know if this small bit of consistency is what warms my heart to the traditions I have grown up [ keep reading ]

Traditions, No Matter How Small

One of my favorite scenes in the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is when the character Toula’s brother is giving her advice about life. He says, “Do not let your past define you; however, let it be part of who you will become.” Toula, the college-age young woman, is trying to carve her own [ keep reading ]

When Equality Is Not Equal

By now, most every resident of the United States has seen, heard or read news relating to the controversial topic of gender identity. There’s definitely no shortage of debate on extenuating moral, legal and ethical issues surrounding this particular subject. Even Hollywood has done its best to boost its ratings by hosting shows and giving [ keep reading ]

The Rest of the Story

“Be careful little lips what you say–for the Father up above is looking down with love; so, be careful little lips what you say.” Many toddlers have been taught these sweet lyrics, complete with hand motions. I remember bringing my own children to our table, each equipped with a small tube of toothpaste. They laughed [ keep reading ]

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