Erica Layne: In Defense of the Small Life

We know the name of every pet in our neighborhood. (The bunnies down the street are practically celebrities around here.) The local grocery clerks notice when our kids get haircuts. The UPS guy, whom my kids revere on a Santa Claus level, talks to them by name every time we see him. Our best afternoons involve lightsabers, Tinkerbelle dresses, Netflix, and our front lawn. And our very best afternoons … Continue reading Erica Layne: In Defense of the Small Life

Mommy Trenches: To the Lady Ashamed of Being Pregnant with Her Fourth

I met you in the elevator on my way back from the pediatrician’s office. It was just me and Wren, and you looked at her fondly in her stroller. When the elevator doors opened, you very kindly held the doors open for me. As I clumsily maneuvered the stroller past you, I accidentally ran over your foot. “Don’t worry about it,” you assured me over … Continue reading Mommy Trenches: To the Lady Ashamed of Being Pregnant with Her Fourth

Chad Ashby: Brothers and Sisters, Unwed Pregnancy Is Not a Sin

There is a glaring hole in our fight against abortion. It is found in our churches among the quiet pre-service whispers as she walks by. It is heard at Sunday dinner as her name bounces back and forth across the table among interjections like, “But she comes from such a good family!” It is seen in the averted eyes and not-so-subtle head wags. “Wait you … Continue reading Chad Ashby: Brothers and Sisters, Unwed Pregnancy Is Not a Sin

On Motherhood and Profanity – Elisabeth Elliot

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[Editor’s Note: Previously published here May 25, 2011. This devotional appeared on Elisabeth Elliot’s website. I would link to it, but the devos rotate and do not stay up on the main page for more than a day. This is such an important topic that I just had to pass her wise words along. Thank you to Sarah E. for sharing it with me!]

“OK now, which one of you clowns put that bag of M ‘n’ Ms in the grocery cart?” The mother looks harried.

Two boys, maybe five and seven, eye each other and race away toward the gumball machine near the supermarket door. There is an infant strapped to a plastic board on top of the groceries, and a two year old occupying the built-in child seat in the cart. The mother picks up the M ‘n’ M candy bag and starts toward the aisle to return it. The two year old screams and she relents, throws the bag in with the rest of her purchases, patiently waits her turn at the check-out, fishes five ten-dollar bills from her purse, receives her small change, and pushing the cart with the babies in it, herds the two boys through the rain to the station wagon in the parking lot. Continue reading “On Motherhood and Profanity – Elisabeth Elliot”

Sturdy Womanhood- The Story of a Mother

When I was growing up, my Mom worked a lot. She was a hair dresser during the day and waited tables at night. Sometimes, she had three jobs. That was life. She was divorced, buried her oldest son and she worked. My Mom never walked around saying being a Mom was hard. Life was hard, but she didn’t walk around defeated. It was what it was. Read the rest here … Continue reading Sturdy Womanhood- The Story of a Mother

Encourage marriage for the sake of children: Top judge’s advice

A drive to persuade couples to marry rather than simply live together would help combat high break-up rates among cohabitees, a report said. It also called for state spending to concentrate on families with young children, because this is the time when family relationships are under the greatest pressure and have the highest chance of breaking up. The recommendations were prepared by the Marriage Foundation … Continue reading Encourage marriage for the sake of children: Top judge’s advice

We love kids, lots, and lots of kids…Here are 20 Reasons Why

There are some things that most children are naturally good at. For example, more often than not they are wonderful at playing. Kids are creative, fun-loving and a positive part of our lives… so having fun is easy for them. Sometimes, though, they need a little practice at being kids. These 20 children, for example, need to spend some serious time practicing hide and seek. … Continue reading We love kids, lots, and lots of kids…Here are 20 Reasons Why

Finding life in death: Nathan’s story | Live Action News

Allison was sustained not only by her family, but by her faith. “I know that the Lord gave me a peace beyond my understanding during this time, and there was such a stillness and a quietness before the Lord. I did not know what to expect. I didn’t know what is usually done in this situation. All I knew is that I didn’t want to … Continue reading Finding life in death: Nathan’s story | Live Action News

The “Coldness” and “Self-Indulgence” of Those Who Don’t Want to Trouble Themselves with Children

Today, the idea of having lots of children is looked upon with disdain, as if you hate the planet or have become one of those parasites of nature that needs to be restrained. Here is a blast from the past from a speech Teddy Roosevelt gave on motherhood in 1905 via The “Coldness” and “Self-Indulgence” of Those Who Don’t Want to Trouble Themselves with Children. Continue reading The “Coldness” and “Self-Indulgence” of Those Who Don’t Want to Trouble Themselves with Children

Two Feet From Murder

From Generations with Vision with Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner. “Americans are inconsistent. It’s just an inconsistency that’s betraying itself right now and I think we need to press the inconsistency. This is one important way in which the Christian gospel reaches people, when we press inconsistencies. We point out to them that they are whited sepulchers, that they think that they are very very … Continue reading Two Feet From Murder