February 4, 2011

How to Tear Down Your Own House…

In 12 Easy Steps!

The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands. (Proverbs 14:1)

I spoke last weekend at a retreat in Chicago for 400 mothers and daughters. I found it interesting the number of women who requested afterward the following list that appeared on one of my slides. It seems we all have this tendency to tear down, rather than build up, …

December 31, 2009

Kiddos in the Kitchen

I love to see children helping in the kitchen. Busy hands, happy hearts, mother-child time. But my patience level is often lacking. Children spill things. They make mistakes (don’t we all?). They make a bigger than necessary mess. I’m faster than they are. So why should I allow them in the kitchen at all? Wouldn’t …

November 13, 2009

The Little Kingdom of Home

From “The Little Kingdom of Home,” copyright 1904

“What the home asks from the mother, from the wife, is not money, but influence, not things, but herself. . .

The husband’s key is in the latch; he looks up expectant, and is not satisfied until he sees the brightening of his day in the dear …

May 4, 2009

Serving God in the Mundane

As wives and mothers, we must learn to view serving our families as acts of service to God, rather than as acts that “get in the way” of serving Him. It’s so easy to get bogged down with all the mundane chores of everyday life. Changing diapers, scrubbing floors, repeatedly correcting children, teaching phonics, cleaning the rock collection out …

February 28, 2009

Homemaking on Purpose

In line with our recent conversation on “perfectionism,” and the problems we have when we compare ourselves to others, Deputy Headmistress, had a great post I wanted to share with my readers. While pointing out that we shouldn’t make our household, homeschool, or mothering fit someone else’s preconceived image, she makes this wise statement:

“So, …

February 20, 2009

The Myth of the Perfect Family

The following article is a re-post of an article I wrote a few years ago. I wanted to post it again because of a growing problem I’m seeing lately where women compare themselves to other women and their families, rather than putting their hope and trust in Jesus, remembering that we are all unique and that God uses us …

March 10, 2008

Blessings or Burdens?


Recently, we discussed the Christian call to view children as blessings and not burdens. I invited my readers to view the trailer for Demographic Winter and talked about the falling birth rate.

I’ve also been considering the growing disregard for life, evident in the forced late-term abortions in China (for couples daring to have more than one child) and …

February 26, 2008

Excerpt from “Weary Women”


One of my readers pointed out to me in the comments section that there may be ladies who misunderstood the point of this post, so I’ve decided to remove the old post and instead include a segment from Chapter 4 of Passionate Housewives called “Weary Women.”
I want everyone to understand …

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December 2, 2007

Soup’s On!

The other day, we were making a big pot of chicken soup when William began to beg to take a peek in the pot. “Unna see, unna see! Wi-yum hungy!” He said.

“Oh, you want to go in the soup?” Tiffany asked him.

William looked at her – a

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September 18, 2007

Gloom, Despair, and Drudgery on Me!

A fish that is desperate to soar above the trees will find, in his rebellion against his Creator, that he is miserable and hopelessly unable to reach his dream. He will also find that he is unable to see the inestimable beauty and mysterious wonders found in the depths of the ocean.

Discontentment colors our attitude, hinders our health and energy, blinds us to our blessings, and …