Your Favorite Child – and What Not to Do

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Your Favorite Child. Parents should not have a favorite child, but sometimes they do. Used as a noun, a “favorite” is a person or thing that is especially popular or particularly well liked by someone. Because we have our own preferences and things to which we are drawn, it stands to reason that we can become drawn to others (including our children) who are more like us. When a son thinks just like his father … Read more

The Only Way Out is Through – a Guest Post


The Story Someone asked me again recently how I became deaf. I always feel slightly awkward answering the question because the answer is complicated. Also, how do I speak of such a traumatic thing so casually, as if I’m discussing the weather? The short version of the story is that I was born completely deaf in one ear and moderately deaf in the other. With a good hearing aid and speech therapy, I functioned much … Read more

Basic Homemade Bread

I posted this recipe over four years ago. It came from one of Dave’s customers back in the late 1980s. I’ve been making this recipe for a lot of years. You probably have your favorite, too. You don’t even need a mixer to make homemade bread. You can read about that here.  Every serious homemade bread baker has her own favorite recipe, but most of us like to try different ones from time to time. … Read more

When You Should Not Become a Foster or an Adoptive Parent

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Foster Parenting and Adopting are Noble Callings Foster parenting and adopting are noble callings. Who doesn’t want to make the world a better place by changing lives, one child at a time?! Before you take the plunge, however, there are some things to consider: Be certain, and be prepared. While mothering or parenting comes naturally to most people, this type of parenting takes an extra bundle of energy, wisdom, and grace. God gives the grace … Read more

When Life is Hard and Heaven Seems Far Away

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When Life is Hard. There are days when life is great and nothing could be better. On other days, waiting for Heaven seems to be taking forever. The good days make us forget that we’re longing (or should be longing) for Heaven. But those sad, weary, dreary, woeful days are what makes me long for Heaven, which seems so far away. Have you been there?  When life is hard, we suffer because of the injustices … Read more