Why the Internet is Full of Temptations (and what we can do about it)

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Healthy Living, Marriage, Motherhood

In our home, we aim to use the utmost discretion with our online time and interests; Covenant Eyes helps us to make wise choices and honor our relationships. The following post is written by Luke Gilkerson, a representative of Covenant Eyes, an online accountability program that Ryan and I use and promote. After reading Luke’s post, please consider subscribing to … Read More

The Parachute: A Story About Thinking Before You Jump

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Healthy Living

(Photo found through google…) The year was 1990. I was in sixth grade. P.E. class was an awkward mess of polyester gym shorts and high-top sneakers left over from the eighties. Our teacher, Mr. Zook, divided the year into units: the scooter unit, the basketball unit, the Presidential Fitness Award unit, and so on. My two favorites were the gymnastics … Read More

Confessions of a Whimsical Heart

LauraCharacter Training, Healthy Living, Marriage, Motherhood

(I wrote this post way back in 2007, but reading it again was refreshing to me. I hope it helps a whimsical heart in your life… especially if she’s younger than 25.) Like a butterfly flitting from flower to flower, floating up to the blue autumn sky, then fanning its wings beautifully on a blade of dewy grass only to … Read More

Is It Here Yet?!

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Healthy Living, Motherhood

Mouth wide-open, she juts her lower jaw in my direction. A row of tiny baby teeth stare up at me. Her eyes are eager for my evaluation. With jaw jutted out, she manages to ask “Is it yoose yet?” she asks excitedly. I press the tip of my pointer finger to the tip of her tooth and move it back … Read More

Apology Accepted!

LauraCharacter Training, Motherhood

Every day, Vivienne takes a quiet time during Lia’s nap time. Lia sleeps for 2 – 3 hours; Vivienne reads or plays quietly in the guest room for 1 hour. The other day, Lia happened to wake up 13 minutes before Vivienne’s quiet time ended. Vivienne came downstairs and reasoned with me, “Well, Lia’s up now, so my quiet time … Read More

Spend Time with Missionaries

LauraCharacter Training

There’s just something life-changing about spending time with people who have given everything to live truly for Christ. Hardly one percent of such wonderful Saints have been preserved in books, but those who have, we want to read about! I find our hearts opening and responding to God’s Kingdom when we read about missionaries, far and near. People who have … Read More

Begin with One Child

LauraAdvent, Character Training

Just this year, we’ve begun sponsoring a child through Compassion International. Because we want our children to wear Christ’s burden. We want our family to respond to His heart. We want our lives to display His glory. And this is a humble, and, yes, easy way to begin… a timid step towards others; a quavering hand just beginning to reach … Read More

Giving To The World

LauraAdvent, Character Training

Last year, Ann Voskamp of A Holy Experience (read everything she writes) inspired me to order the catalogs from various ministries that provide food and resources for poor and needy people around the globe. On Christmas morning, we sat on the couch and paged through the catalogs, deciding as a family what we could give: a pig? Bibles? A water … Read More

Face Mistakes Like a Champ!

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Motherhood

It’s inevitable: you and I will make mistakes. Our children will make lots of mistakes. Some days, a house full of humans is a house full of mistakes! Our response to mistakes makes all the difference in the world between a healthy home and an unhealthy home. Instead of breeding denial, callous consciences, or the fear of failure, why not … Read More