Bible Vitamins

Every Sunday, our pastor includes an insert called “The Bible View” in our bulletin. Every week focuses on a different theme, and this week’s theme was Bible study. The writer made the point that every Bible study session will not necessarily yield a lightning bolt (or even a light bulb) of fresh knowledge or inspiration.… Continue reading Bible Vitamins


Summer Recap – Ready for Fall and a New Homeschool Year!

This summer has proven to be a season of good things begun and completed in my household. We worked and played hard, and we certainly met our goal of spending more time with each other in the midst of it all. After our home school year concluded at the end of April, we kicked off… Continue reading Summer Recap – Ready for Fall and a New Homeschool Year!

The Definition of Success

For the past several years, our kids' 4-H year has culminated at the Illinois State Fair. This year, Aidan and Shae were again selected at our county 4-H fair to show their projects – his in computer science and hers in creative writing – at the state level. Rewind to the spring, when they began… Continue reading The Definition of Success

Providential Pruning

This summer, I’ve learned a lot about my favorite pastime, perennial gardening, watching a YouTube channel called Garden Answer. The channel’s cheerful host and gardener extraordinaire, Laura, gives practical advice about gardening in every season. This week, I watched many of Laura’s videos on pruning. Come to find out, different perennials require different levels of… Continue reading Providential Pruning

Counting Chickens

If you know that our family has chickens, the title might lead you to believe that this post will have to do with them. However, I’m actually referring to the incredibly overused idiom (or is an idiom by definition overused?), “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” I recently made the mistake of doing a… Continue reading Counting Chickens

Shall and Will

Ever notice during your Bible reading that verses that containing the promises of God are stated emphatically, in no uncertain terms? But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31 Unlike well-intentioned promises I’ve made to my husband and kids, God’s promises are guaranteed. He will… Continue reading Shall and Will

Chalky Hands

All winter, my daughter, Shae, and I used gloves when we worked out, to shield our hands from the icy metal dumbbells and bars we used in our unheated garage. But with the arrival of the heat and humidity of summer, we had a different problem. Though we no longer needed gloves, we couldn’t maintain… Continue reading Chalky Hands

Hannah’s Powerful Prayer

Have you ever been around someone who just radiated the joy of the Spirit? A young Filippino missionary, Ivan Villar, and his wife, Hannah, who presented their ministry to our church on Sunday night, were both like that. Joyful, humble, wise, funny, and sweet, they “brought us to church” with their sincere and beautiful singing… Continue reading Hannah’s Powerful Prayer

Appreciating Sunlit Moments

During our recent heat wave, I’ve been taking our chickens a dishpan of fresh water every morning. They have an automatic waterer connected to a hose, but they seem to appreciate that daily drink of fresh, cold water from the dishpan. Their usual squawks and clucks cease as they gather around, dipping their beaks in… Continue reading Appreciating Sunlit Moments

Mixed Bag of Thoughts about Our Mixed-Up Week

Our week has been full of busyness, beginning with celebrating my daughter’s birthday last weekend. Happy fifteenth, dear Shae! (She blogged about her celebration here.)   As well, we attended the county 4-H fair over the course of two days, where my kids’ projects for the year were judged, with happy results. My oldest two will… Continue reading Mixed Bag of Thoughts about Our Mixed-Up Week