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Review: Take My Hand Again

Not only are our children growing older, but so are our parents.  And, while the children are becoming more independent, the parents may be becoming more dependent.  That is the way life works in our broken world. It’s not easy, this business of our parents growing older.  It is difficult emotionally, of course.  But there […]

A Missionary’s Prescription for Contentment

When we are in the midst of disturbing circumstances, contentment can be so difficult to find. During a lifetime of hard missionary work to pygmies in Africa, one woman wrote out her prescription for this virtue.  These priceless notes were found by her daughter after her death, and were quoted in Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda […]

Review: Discovering the 5 Love Languages at School

You have probably heard about Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages and how they can transform relationships.  This simple concept suggests that people give and feel love in 5 main ways or ‘languages’: words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, gifts, touch. Once people understand the concept that some of these ‘languages’ will make an individual person […]

When your Child Cannot Learn Well: Psychoeducational Testing at Home

After a recent Sylvan Learning Center assessment, we were encouraged to get psychoeducational testing for one of our children.  However, the cost was $2000, way beyond our budget.  (Note that this is a service provided by independent psychologists who specialize in education, not by Sylvan.) When I discussed that with the Sylvan lady, she said, […]

Finding Joy in Another Clean Window

We’re spring cleaning around here, a little bit at a time.  A few hours after Miss 14 and I finished this window area, the sun shone in and made the plants glow. That sunshine brought joy, but it wouldn’t have if we had not stopped to see it, pay attention to it, and be thankful for it.  Perhaps […]

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