the kingdom for a cookie

The most beautiful Christmas tree I ever saw was a discard on its way to the dump. It had been a lean Christmas for us, and in the absence of funding for elaborate decorations, my mother built a simple faux fireplace on the main wall of our living room. The mantle allowed just enough room… Continue reading the kingdom for a cookie

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sweet

The first week of Lent is finished, and I am happy to report that it was largely a success.  My girls and I accomplished all of our goals and stayed faithful to the promises we made.  We supported each other in our different struggles and came away from it closer than ever.  That's the good… Continue reading sweet

pica

Last week, I got a name for a behavior that has long afflicted my youngest daughter.  The behavior is craving and /or consuming substances which are not food - recently it has been crayons and pencil erasers - and the name is pica. Lots of people manifest it, but no one knows exactly what causes… Continue reading pica

feedback

I had a classic parenting moment this weekend.  My ten-year-old came to me with a problem - mean girls - and I spent about half an hour with her explaining the phenomenon.  We covered everything from the art of recognizing knuckleheads in the wild to rooting herself in the knowledge of how God sees her. … Continue reading feedback

fallow ground is HARD

It's the first Monday of the New Year - how are those resolutions coming?  When it comes to New Year's resolutions, the people I know tend to fall into one of three categories: 1. The super-disciplined, who can and do make self-improvements on a regular basis regardless of the season.  These guys see goals as… Continue reading fallow ground is HARD

happy

I am a Christian.  I have been an active believer in local churches for all thirty-seven years of my life.  I probably fall toward the conservative side of the pew when it comes to tradition and doctrine, and I actively enjoy apologetics, eschatology, and inductive Bible studies.  And it is with a full heart that… Continue reading happy

blue

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel…” -Charlie Brown I hate to admit this, but in the past, I have written off this bewildered confession as evidence of weak character on good old Charlie Brown’s part.  How… Continue reading blue