Post-abortion mom: ‘I wish abortion was illegal! I would be with my child’

Hannah has come to deeply regret her ‘choice’. She wishes that ending her baby’s life had never been a legal option for her. “I know I wouldn’t have made that choice if it were not so accessible to me. I would have dealt with my consequences as I should have,” she said. “I wish abortion was never legal, and I never would have had that … Continue reading Post-abortion mom: ‘I wish abortion was illegal! I would be with my child’

Author Ken Ham on Sandy Hook Tragedy, Coping with Loss

How Could a Loving God? is a very personal book for Ken Ham. In it he tells how he and his family worked through the grief of losing Ken’s brother, Robert, to a brain disease in his forties. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Ham answered the following questions in hopes to settle our minds and hearts as we wonder – How Could a Loving … Continue reading Author Ken Ham on Sandy Hook Tragedy, Coping with Loss

Childless on Mother’s Day

From Lauren Casper’s blog: There are so many women in our lives who are hurting and who dread Mother’s Day. We may not even recognize them but they are there. They’re the ones who dread church on Sunday morning and perhaps choose to stay home. They are dreading the sermon that will inevitably be geared toward mothers. They are dreading the moment when all the … Continue reading Childless on Mother’s Day

Provision

This is a subject I wanted to touch upon when I wrote my last post, but time simply did not permit, so here I am now. The skeptical question of “how can you afford so many children?” is often simply answered by, “God provides,” and this, in return, gets a lot of raised eyebrows. “Don’t you think it’s irresponsible to simply trust God?”; “Don’t you think it’s careless to venture forward and have baby after baby without a sound financial plan?”  Continue reading “Provision”

From My Heart to Yours–The Lord Has Taken Away

From Families Alive comes this heart-wrenching but beautiful post: Susan…accident…waterfall…fatal. The words hit like a ton of bricks. Tears streaming down my face. Kids questioning, “Mom, what’s wrong?” My heart screamed, No, God – this can’t be right! There must be some mistake! There was no mistake. That family vacationing in Maui went from celebrating the joys of life on Friday to experiencing the deepest … Continue reading From My Heart to Yours–The Lord Has Taken Away

If I Could Only Be Like Her

This is a wonderful post I just discovered this evening: We all know her. She is the woman who has it all together. She has the love of 1 Corinthians 13 down pat and she never falters. She always smiles at her husband and is his constant encouragement. She is gentle and kind and practices unwavering patience with her children. And when difficult times come? … Continue reading If I Could Only Be Like Her

An Open Letter to Suze Orman

I think this post has gone viral in the last 24 hours. It’s just plain common sense, but I can’t even count how many times people have asked us how on earth we can afford to have “so many” children. If every child cost us $700-1000 a month, then, yes, we might be in trouble with ten kids. But it’s nowhere near that amount, as … Continue reading An Open Letter to Suze Orman

Why Me? (and other musings on the theory of pity parties)

Shelby Courtney has written a wonderful post about walking away from a me-centered mindset and learning to look at life through Christ’s lens: WHY?  Why does it always have to be me?  Why can’t I get to spread happy news about myself, and somebody else get to experience the joy that comes with only having sadness to share with everyone? Why? This is possibly one … Continue reading Why Me? (and other musings on the theory of pity parties)

Social Media – Inspiration for Finding Your Balance

Trina Holden has a wonderful “confession” up at Passionate Homemaking: My addiction was out of hand. Though I knew it was unhealthy, I indulged multiple times a day, couldn’t go 24 hours without withdrawal symptoms, and constantly made excuses for my habit. My vice? Social Media. This tool – wonderful for networking, business, and ministry – was taking more from me that it was giving. … Continue reading Social Media – Inspiration for Finding Your Balance

Sewing Love: The Full Report!

I’ve just gotten the photos from our friend in Alabama who helped pull off this huge surprise for the Crawford and Lee ladies–the families who lost everything in the tornadoes that tore through Alabama in April. Once again, a huge, huge thank-you to everyone who sent physical donations. Such an abundance of sewing notions, fabrics, patterns, and gift cards came in! And thank you to all who donated to the fund-raiser to help rebuild the sewing rooms for these dear ladies. Thanks to BabyLock and Rita Farro of The Sewing Expo for the donation of the beautiful new sewing machines, and a huge debt of thanks is owed to Catherine and Shawn of The Sewing Machine Mart in Birmingham, who stored all the donations and coordinated the big unveiling. Thanks much to LAF writer Diane Shiffer, who organized and cataloged all the donations for the two families. This was definitely a group effort, and we are so thankful to everyone who took part.

Read on for the full details of this sweet day! Continue reading “Sewing Love: The Full Report!”