Personal Needs

I have Tuesdays earmarked as the day to pray for personal needs each week. Some months ago, I separated my prayer list into categories (missionaries, family and friends, church members, etc.), so that I could spend more focused, intentional time praying for fewer requests each day. Tuesdays ended up being my “personal needs” day. And… Continue reading Personal Needs

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History

We celebrated my son Rowan’s tenth birthday on Saturday. It’s difficult to believe that my youngest is an entire decade old! At our house, birthday parties include viewing DVD’s and scrapbooks of our kids’ younger days. We laugh and reminisce about all their firsts: first steps, first words, first birthdays, and first public performances, for… Continue reading History

Stubborn as a Child

My youngest son, Rowan, is the type of child that determines his preferences based on his own logic, and no one else’s. We cannot counsel or cajole him into liking anything, be it a new food, game, or other activity. So, Rowan is often compelled to try things. It’s not that he’s disobedient – just… Continue reading Stubborn as a Child

Parenting According to Job

About fifteen years ago, when my two oldest children were toddlers, a violent windstorm swept through our neighborhood while my husband was at work. I recall looking through our large picture window as it rattled in its frame, seeing nothing but an opaque mass of swirling gray mixed with hailstones and bits of debris. I… Continue reading Parenting According to Job

Motherhood & Brotherhood

I write a lot about my daughter, Shae, on this blog. I suppose that’s natural, as we spend so much time together and share many common interests: fitness, healthy food, blogging, writing, photography, nature, and more. And as she is just like her father, she and I are quite compatible. While I enjoy discussing my… Continue reading Motherhood & Brotherhood

Pride, or Pleasure?

My daughter, Shae, whom many of you know from her blogs Teen, Meet God and Shae’s Days, completed her annual dance recital (three performances) this past Friday and Saturday. I marvel when I watch my daughter dance. She has been blessed with the genes and talent (none from me!) necessary to become an accomplished performer. But… Continue reading Pride, or Pleasure?

From Barrenness to Joy, and Beyond

I do so appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Lord when he sends a timely little blessing. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the verses in my daily reading of the Psalms included this: He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. – Psalm 113:9 If I were… Continue reading From Barrenness to Joy, and Beyond

Thoughts About Our Home School Year

On Friday, another home school year concluded at the Jackson household.  As always, my kids were jubilant, while I experienced rather mixed emotions.   It is a relief to be done at last with the work of a home-schooling teacher. I won’t miss grading papers late at night, or writing out the day’s assignments early… Continue reading Thoughts About Our Home School Year

What (Change) Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Better

Change can be disheartening – for me, at least, as an inflexible introvert. Life is so much easier to coast through when things remain static, however briefly. But no day goes according to schedule, despite all my plotting and planning. Interference happens in the form of interruption, and I must change – change my schedule,… Continue reading What (Change) Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Better

Apron Spaces

Called the “Mother of Methodism,” Susanna Wesley is famed for being the mother of Methodist Church founders John and Charles Wesley. But she gave birth to twenty-two children in all, many of whom died as infants. For those children who lived, she determined to spend individual time with each throughout the week, and she dedicated… Continue reading Apron Spaces