Faith - Celebrating Family

Forgiving My Imperfect Parents

I didn’t have the most stable and functional childhood in history, of that I am sure. But I have come to realize that is really doesn’t matter. Well, not much anyway. I know so many people who still blame their parents for how their adult lives turned out and who still hold grudges against their […]

My Big Bottom Blessing (Book Review)

I have read more books about weight loss and health than I care to remember. Some of the books were profound while others were silly. Some offered realistic advice, while others were flat out ridiculous. Some books treated our bodies like evolved machines while others reminded us that we were created by a Holy God. When I […]

Why Men Hate Going to Church

I decided to review Why Men Hate Going to Church (2011) by David Murrow  because the title intrigued me. Most of us know at least one couple that consists of a churchgoing wife and stay-at-home-on-Sunday husband. In fact, there really can be no doubt that overall Christian churches are more heavily populated by women than by men. Don’t believe me? Just […]

The Best Mom Song Ever

It is Mother’s Day weekend and I want to share this fun song by Go Fish that tops my list of the best mom songs. Enjoy! And moms, give yourselves a break this Sunday.   I love you Mom!

Beware of Beautiful Weeds

Right now my yard is the color yellow. The creosote bushes are bright yellow and my yard is blanketed with these yellow beauties. They sure look beautiful. But if you come back and look at these yellow “flowers” in June you will find them dried up, brown, and prickly. They will stand about six inches tall and […]

Preparing Your Heart and Home for Easter

It is the hour to rend thy chains, the blossom time of souls. – Katherine Lee Bates Easter is my favorite day of the year. It is a time to rejoice in the resurrection of my Savior, spend time with my family, and celebrate. My Easter celebration is more than just one day, however. As I mentioned recently, I observe Lent in order to […]

Why and How I Observe Lent

I did not grow up in a particularly religious home. Most of my religious exposure came from watching mass on the TV with my grandma and going to Wednesday night church with friends. I never really learned religious traditions or dogma. I eventually became an ardent atheist and moved away from anything religious in every way. After about 6 years as […]

Unshaken: Rising from the Ruins of Haiti’s Hotel Montana (Book review)

When Dan Woolley went to Haiti he never thought he would experience a life changing event that would strengthen his faith, his marriage, and his desire to serve others. Dan went to Haiti to get video footage of the work Compassion International was doing there. After a day’s work, Dan and his videographer, David, went […]

Christmas Week: The Joy of a Child

This is the last week before Christmas and most everyone is busy and running here and there all over town.  I hope you have all your gift buying and preparations done and if you don’t I hope you get everything finished up quickly and easily.  Wherever you are in the scheme of things this week, just remember to take the time to experience the joy of the […]

Why Your Kids Should Do Chores

There is something about this picture that gets me thinking about Tom Sawyer painting that fence. Okay, so this is a boy – my son to be exact – painting a wall and not a fence. Regardless, I do love this picture because it shows my son doing something he loves to do; working and doing productive tasks around our house. Based […]

Christmas Giving Opportunity: Operation Christmas Child

I am delighted to share my absolute favorite Christmas giving opportunity with you. Operation Christmas Child is a program in which people just like you assemble shoe boxes filled with gifts for children who may not get anything else for Christmas. This program brings joy, gifts, and the gospel message to children all over the world. My children get a […]

Book Review: One Call Away by Brenda Warner

Sometimes you read a book that you expect to be mediocre and find it to be a gripping page turner that you cannot put down. This was my experience when I recently had the opportunity to read One Call Away by Brenda Warner.  The only reason I decided to read this particular book was because […]