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Part 6: The Power of Sex Gone Wrong

Part 6: The Power of Sex Gone Wrong

Read the other parts of this series here:   Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation Part 5: The Power of […]

On Being a Terrible Waiter. Or Hoper?

On Being a Terrible Waiter. Or Hoper?

I am a terrible waiter. Not waiter as in food server (although I’d stink at that too), but waiter as in not getting what you want right now. Waiting seems to imply inactivity, and, yeah, I fall just a bit more on the “make it happen for yourself” side of the line. On the Fruit […]

Part 5: The Power of Biblical Sex

Part 5: The Power of Biblical Sex

Read the other parts of this series here:   Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation Part 5: The Power of […]

Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation

Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation

**WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC, DISTURBING SEXUAL MATERIAL* Read the other parts of this series here: Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and […]

Quiet and Rest for the Still Grieving Heart

Quiet and Rest for the Still Grieving Heart

I just want to do. I’m always in need of a project, or a cause. Something big, something tough, something worthy that I can sink my teeth into and pour all of my energy into and get consumed by. Hours of toil, mind-numbing problem-solving, energy-draining effort – they all make me feel productive. Useful. Alive. […]

Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality – Alfred Kinsey, Sex Researcher

Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality – Alfred Kinsey, Sex Researcher

**WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC, DISTURBING SEXUAL MATERIAL** Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation Part 5: The Power of […]

Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education – Secular Sex Coming to Your Children

Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education – Secular Sex Coming to Your Children

**WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC, SEXUAL MATERIAL. PLEASE USE DISCRETION IN OPENING AND READING.** Read the other parts of this series here: Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred […]

Part 1: Secular Sex Values – The New Standard for the World

Part 1: Secular Sex Values – The New Standard for the World

**WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC SEXUAL MATERIAL. PLEASE USE DISCRETION IN OPENING AND READING.**   “All young people have the right to…fully experience their sexuality and gender in a pleasurable way.”[1] That statement, found in a “Young People’s Guide to Sexual Rights” by the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, pretty much sums up how our culture […]

The Spiritual Consequences of Summer

The Spiritual Consequences of Summer

Yellow buses, backpacks, new notebooks. Although it’s not quite the same for us homeschoolers, August/September ends up being “back to school” for us, too. Yes, we “do school” throughout the summer some, but not nearly as intensely or consistently, so the re-start-up is often a bit rocky. Or a lot. Like, whining and complaining non-stop. […]

Noni’s Move

Noni’s Move

I have the best mother-in-law ever. And, no, all you doubting in-law-phobes, that was not sarcastic. I know that most people cannot claim this. Yes, I have heard horror mother-in-law stories, and heard the laments of many a wife’s Mama’s Boy’s woes. Have to say, this is one area in life in which God gave […]

A Birthday Poem For My Dad

A Birthday Poem For My Dad

It’s that time again, celebration time here That day that comes but only one time a year   So many years, now, I start to lose count – Sixty-five? Sixty-seven? Who cares, he’s got clout.   Pastor, advisor, counselor, Dad Wise now, and weathered, but his health isn’t bad   Yes, the paunch has grown […]

Do You Want to Get Well?

Do You Want to Get Well?

Pity Party It has been a week of abundant stress and limited resources. In so many areas, the “not working out” has outweighed the “going the way I want it”, “not enough” has seemed to outweigh the abundance, and disappointment has outweighed hope. It’s been the kind of week that makes me soul weary and […]

A Year of the Sweet Spot

A Year of the Sweet Spot

2 birthdays, within 5 days of each other. My oldest and youngest children. Yet only one of them was I able to celebrate actually with the child. Having these birthdays so close – DD1’s 8th and Dominic’s 1st – has gotten me thinking about this year. I did a photo shoot with DD1, as I […]

Moving, Losing, and Hope

Moving, Losing, and Hope

I don’t have a lot of really close friends. Oh yes, I’m an extrovert and I’m good in a crowd and can kibitz with the best of them at a gathering, but, ultimately, my really-good-friend circle is pretty small. My friend life is much more “an inch wide and a mile deep” than “a mile […]

The T-Shirt I Want

The T-Shirt I Want

Survival We’ve survived. I feel like I need one of those t-shirts. You know, the ones that you get when you’ve made it through breast cancer? I feel like I need one that says, “I’ve survived the loss of my baby”. I’ll bet those wouldn’t be really popular. Today marks the end of “Dominic week”. […]

3 Days

3 Days

July 31st, a new family celebration Your birthday, the day you were born. But another date looming, August 3rd, – shouldn’t be – A mere 3 days past, we now mourn.   Ephemeral, fleeting; life hardly started Wings clipped before learning to fly Potentiality abbreviated by finality; Hello truncated too soon by goodbye. 3 days […]

To Dominic on Your Birthday: The Measure of a Year

To Dominic on Your Birthday: The Measure of a Year

How do we measure a year? In birthdays. This one – your first – what does it measure? The ways we have loved you, without you, and how we have known pain unimagined, heartbreak, the stone cold hard reality of death at our door. Dreams ripped apart, theology torn Fists to the sky, fallen souls […]

Gravestone Rain

Gravestone Rain

I am supposed to be planning my son’s first birthday. Instead, I went to his grave. I’ve written so much about the ways The Lord has blessed me through Dominic’s death. But sometimes, like today, it just sucks.  Sometimes I am just a mother without a child, sitting in a cemetery, instead of figuring out […]

Weary

Weary

I love my Lord. And I trust Him completely, and truly believe that He is always working for my good. But sometimes I’m just weary of it all. I’m a fighter. But these past few weeks even I have wanted to just surrender. Life is so much harder than anyone tells you, when you start […]

Suffering for Good

Suffering for Good

Today my youngest daughter and I went by Dominic’s grave. Just a brief visit, we stopped by to…remember? Grieve? Reacquaint ourselves with the fact that we really did have a baby? I don’t know why we went, maybe for all of the above. Afterward came the inevitable musings: “I miss Dominic, Mom”. “I wish he […]

Dominic’s Diaper Genie

Dominic’s Diaper Genie

We are selling our baby stuff. I have kept the diapers that people gave me for Dominic in his closet. Until now. Thinking that we would imminently have more children and I would need them. It’s been a year. For a variety of very important reasons, the Lord has made it clear that we are […]

Grass on a Grave

Grass on a Grave

It has been almost a year since Dominic. In some ways, it seems like it all happened yesterday, and in some ways it feels like a lifetime has passed. A Year of Healing Brokenness One thing that is odd, when you’ve lost someone, is how differently time seems to function. I know time is moving […]

Justice Girl

Justice Girl

I didn’t think it was possible, but since Dominic I’ve actually become even more intense. On a scale of 1-10, I pretty much live life above an 8. All the time. There’s just not much in this world that I don’t care about. Every political issue that concerned me before is now an undying passion […]

Reflections on Independence Day

Reflections on Independence Day

4th of July. Family time, cookouts, fireworks, and… Independence. At least, it’s supposed to be about that. I love my country. And I thank my Lord every day for the freedom I have by living here – particularly the freedom to teach my children my values, to raise them as I deem appropriate, and to […]

3 Second Salisbury Steak Thank Yous

3 Second Salisbury Steak Thank Yous

Thank Yous and Salisbury Steak It’s an idea I got from my sister, who got it from the amazing Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the “Essential 55” rules used by award-winning educator Ron Clark to “take apathetic students and transform them into award-winning scholars” is this: “Always say thank you when someone […]

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