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Family, Freeze Frame, Love, Mothering Prayer

Love Skin

We held hands around my dying mother-in-law’s bed yesterday, held hands and sang to Jesus. And in between stanzas, this memory from the archives returned for a moment. … The…

Mothering Prayer, Prayer, Quotes

This Morning’s Prayer

“From A Diary of Private Prayer…” “O God, I believe–that Thou rulest all things in wisdom and in righteousness:that Thou hast called me to be Thy loyal servant:That thou dost…

Homeschooling, Mothering Prayer, Quotes

Today’s Mothering Prayer

“…and with him comes my own heart.” ~Philemon 1:12 “…the child‘s most fixed and dominant habits are those… which the child picks up for himself through close observation of that…

Freeze Frame, Homemaking, Homeschooling, Mothering Prayer


Under the beating sun today, I picked no red jewels, but pinched off strawberry blooms. I confess, it felt counter-intuitive—just plain wrong—to bend over each tender plant slip, press delicate…

Children, Family, Love, Mothering Prayer, Work

Gone Fishing

You should go, too … (or: How to not waste a Saturday. Or a life).HT: Dear Debi Lord, tomorrow is Saturday. The smudges on the windows and the weeds in…

Homeschooling, Mothering Prayer, Quotes


“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone-cutter hammering awayat his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet…

Children, Homeschooling, Mothering Prayer, Quotes

Children and Service

Thinking on service, one of the daily Seven Rungs: “labor: a way of serving“…serving the elderly… serving community…serving family… : “Once a month, you may wish to plan a service…

Family, Homeschooling, Mothering Prayer

Of Dispensers and Thermostats

Elizabeth Elliot: “Each Christian is a dispenser… All that I have is meant to contribute to the needs of others, and what I need will be supplied through God’s dispensers….

Freeze Frame, Mothering Prayer

On Mothering

From the archives… a piece that received Heather Ivester’s (of Mom2Mom Connection) beautiful book: From a Daughter’s Heart to Her Mom: 50 Reflections on Living Well I became a mother…

Freeze Frame, Homemaking, Marriage, Mothering Prayer

Do What Mother Did

I sat on the edge of the bed last night, Darryl softly filling the night silence with slumber breaths. In the wave of the old glass mirror, I could see…

Farming, Freeze Frame, Mothering Prayer

Led by GPS

Heading north down the field I had vision, that endless blue sky stretching out like a royal canopy under which we could ride to where earth meets the heavens. But…

Family, Love, Mothering Prayer, Quotes

Day’s Evaluation

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” ~R.L.Stevenson