In these uncertain economic times, you may wonder if your employer will retain you, if you are valuable enough to stay on the payroll. Today, focus on this: you’re hired to do one of civilization’s most important tasks and you are irreplaceable. As a father or mother, your job of loving and teaching your children is vital to their well-being … Read More
I want to share some thoughts about one of motherhood’s most mysterious blessings. It’s this: as a mother seeks to build a home that is good for her children – one that inspires their happiness and holiness – she simultaneously builds a home that is good for her. Over the past 12 years, I’ve been working hard to understand child … Read More
Ryan and I asked God to give us our first baby for over 2 years. Somehow “making a baby” wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be. As months of negative pregnancy tests piled up, “please pray that God would give us a baby” became our only prayer request at every gathering. Sometimes I feared that we were tiring … Read More
Just as a bibliography lists the works that developed a piece of writing, this post will list some of the things that are enriching and informing my life this month. I hope you discover something in this collection that is helpful to you and becomes a part of your bibliography, too. After you’ve read this post, would you share a … Read More
We count on God to multiply our work. We recount the story of the loaves and fishes, saying “I’m giving God what little I have, and He will multiply it!” But what about the times when He does not? What about the times when the 5 loaves and the 2 fish don’t end up feeding hundreds? What about the times when … Read More
We have the opportunity to establish a foundation around the word “sex” that is full of goodness, truth, beauty, strength, dignity, and gratitude long before the world has the opportunity to offer its cheap, degrading, and unstable perversion of it. I want to make the most of our opportunity as parents, but I haven’t quite known how to do it.
When it comes to teaching our children how to manage their emotions, I’ve always appreciated Rachel Jankovic’s helpful comparison: emotions are like a horse. I think it’s in her helpful book Loving the Little Years that Jankovic writes about teaching her daughters that their emotions are like a horse they’ve been given to ride along a mountain ridge. They must control and … Read More
Nothing’s better than a homemade card… except maybe this:
Recently, the kids and I have been playing baseball after lunch. There are only two people on each team, unless I’m wearing the baby in the Bjorn and our 2-year old decides to be my running partner. Then it’s 2 vs. 4, but the team of 2 definitely has the advantage over the bobbling team of 4. Within minutes of … Read More
When our home bubbles over with laughter – and I’m glad to say it often does – we are rich and strong together. The very pillars and foundation of our home are strengthened by our children, who create and share laughter so easily. After all, it’s their mother tongue: they’ve been laughing since before they could speak, or walk, or run.