Enduring the Cross, Despising the Shame – Guest Post

a guest post by Rosina Schmucker, who blogs at Arabah Rejoice. To follow her blog, click on this link. Enduring the Cross, Despising the Shame If I were to try to convince someone to become a Christian, shame is not a quality I would advertise. I would probably talk about the wonderful sense of being […]

Lunch With a Bully – Guest Post

a Guest Post from the blog Apple to Apple by Phyllis Swartz, a retired schoolteacher (and my cousin). To follow her blog, click on this link. Lunch with a Bully “I wonder if you could help?” a special education teacher asked me one day after school. Some of my students, she told me, were bullying one […]

One Dish Hamburger Meal with Potatoes and Green Beans

I had never heard of this one dish hamburger meal until I married into the Slabach family. It was one of Mom’s recipes and the one that her son Paul loved the most. I still think of it as Paul’s favorite dish. I hadn’t made it in years and had to call my sister-in-law Rhoda […]

The Key Word in the Longest Chapter of the Word of God

The Word of God is referenced as being quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing right through our hearts. Sometimes as teachers or as parents we find different ways to tell our kids the same thing. We might use different examples or different words, but the idea is to have our kids get […]

When Parents are Failing – Guest Post

Guest Post by Rosina Schmucker  This post was first published on Rosina’s blog on September 2, 2017. You can follow her blog, Arabahrejoice, here: When Parents are Failing – What do you do when you think your friends are failing at parenting? Of course, it’s easy to have all the answers about parenting before you’ve tried […]

Homemade, Homecanned Grape Juice

Grape juice, homemade and home canned is the best. Try it on Sunday evening with a batch of homemade popcorn! This is such an easy recipe, and you can double it to make a concentrate. I can’t tell you what kind of grapes I use, but I get them from my sister-in-laws grape vines and […]

Open House – Easy Hospitality (and a new Book)

“There’s somebody pounding on the door,” Sandy told me. [names have been changed] Two o’clock in the morning?! Who could that be?! The night seemed foreboding. Could this be a ploy?  Looking through the window I saw only her, crying, “Please help me. I’ve been raped.” Cold, wet, and trembling, she rushed inside when I […]

Getting Your Kid Ready for College – a Repost

College Parent Six Times Over  (a repost) I’m not an authority on this subject because I’ve only sent six kids off to college. Every year for the past fourteen years, we have had one, two, or three kids in college. This fall I will have three in grad school (and paying their own way, so don’t […]

Crunchy Chocolate Sauce

No matter what time of year, ice cream toppings are a specialty. Especially when it’s hot in the summer, the coolness of ice cream is a hit. Add some homemade crunchy chocolate sauce as a topping, and you’re all set. This sauce pours well when it’s warm and then hardens as it sits on the […]

Life Begins with a Sea and Ends with a River

Just a few days after Pharoah kicked the Isaraelites out of Egypt, he changed his mind and came after them. He came with soldiers and 600 of his best chariots and horses. The Israelites were afraid, but God told them he’d take care of that problem. They were stuck between a rock and a hard […]