Pardon the Mess

We (OK, Jesse) got the spammy stuff out of the blog, but my blog design got caught in the crossfire. Oh, well. I was thinking of a redesign anyway. Try not to notice all the ugly going on around here for a few days (or weeks). Thanks!

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Pasta Primavera

Or some approximation thereof. It has been a while since we’ve had a recipe, hasn’t it? Well, this is more of a round-about way of making a meal than it is a proper recipe. I never make it the same way twice. And hillbillies don’t know much about Primas, though I do know an old […]

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It Ain’t That Hard

If you want your comment published (and if you comment, then I assume you do), there are only a very few things you need to do to succeed. Don’t muck up my comments with your dishonest tactics: Leave a real email address. You can reach me in numerous ways. I don’t blog or comment anonymously. […]

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Measuring Motherhood

What is motherhood really worth? If you’ve been on Facebook around Mother’s Day, or spent any time at all reading mom blogs, you’ll have seen numerous articles about how much real money a mom is worth. You know the ones. They add up the yearly wages of chauffeur, chef, daycare provider, psychologist, nurse, etc., and that’s […]

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grrrr

I’m working to figure out what’s going in with the spam in the rss feed. Something was hacked. Obviously. Stay with me. I’ll get it fixed.

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Jord Watch (Review and Giveaway)

“Watch.” Tick-Tock said, nodding. “Ay, a likely enough name for such; after all, what does a person want with a timepiece but to watch it once in a while?” –Stephen King, The Wastelands Has there been another time in history besides our own where so many things are rendered into anachronisms so quickly? Granted, the […]

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Permission to Be Ordinary

Homeschooling is going mainstream, and we’re about to lose one of our favorite arguments for it.  Homeschooling is kind of an extraordinary thing to do, isn’t it? Even with the rapidly rising numbers of homeschooling families each year, we’re still in the minority (for now). Nearly every weekday outing I take with my kids requires […]

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Samaritan Ministries

Children don’t cost a dime, as I like to point out to people who ask me how I afford all these kids. Hospitals, on the other hand… Several readers have asked me to tell them more about Samaritan Ministries. Our family joined Samaritan Ministries back in August. Between the so-called “individual mandate,” and the fact that […]

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Teach Them Diligently

We were on a break! But! I’m interrupting this very peaceful time of not-blogging to remind you that there are still two chances to attend Teach Them Diligently in 2014. The first two events were by all accounts even better than they were last year, so you really need to get yourself there. After you […]

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I Think This is it.

The Big One. The one where I really do quit. I am, and have been for some months, tired of this. Tired of hitting “publish” and then constantly being surprised by what really sets people off. Stupid stuff I write in five minutes on a whim goes viral and the content that means something, and […]

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Comments Off

Sorry to do that to you so soon after a post. Long unplugged weekend coming up here. And by “weekend” I probably mean “you won’t hear from me until the birth announcement.” I’m 36 weeks now, and have no desire to blog. Unless something else grabs my attention, I guess. Anyway, have a good one!

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Intentionally Childless Missionaries?

Pastor John Piper advises Christians to sow the seeds of Western social sickness in other countries. One of the things that has baffled me about the pastors in our times is their inability (or outright refusal) to consistently apply scripture to one of the defining issues of our times: birth control. They’re pro-life, but not […]

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Oh, My Word, I’m So Tired

Just thought you’d like a pregnancy update. 33 weeks today. Feeling very large and not remotely in charge. I’m sure anybody who has ever put on 25 pounds of fluid, fat, and kicking, squirming, ouch-that’s-my-bladder-baby can relate. Is this another one of those “blogging will recommence in a few weeks” posts? I don’t know. I’ve […]

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Two Simple Life-Changing Prayers

Today I’m handing the blog over to Jennifer White of Prayerfully Speaking, as she shares her faith adventure with excerpts from her free ebook, Prayers Spoken, Lives Changed: God’s Extraordinary Love in 18 Ordinary Lives. Her testimony of God’s faithfulness to answer our prayers will encourage you. I learned the hard way that my faith […]

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Early Rate and $5 Discount Code

I don’t want to worry you or anything, but I’ve got urgent, gotta-do-something-now news for you: This is your very last chance to get the best possible price on a Teach Them Diligently registration for your family if you plan to attend the Spartanburg or Nashville conventions. Why should you, you ask? Well, from my […]

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God is Faithful

There’s a reason I’m blogging less often these days. I’ve been adjusting to a whole new family dynamic, and I just haven’t had the emotional energy to write very much. When we first moved into this house five years ago, Jesse had taken a new position at work. Around the same time, he had also […]

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Impulsive

I always have been. That might be why I deleted my Facebook pages and stopped using Facebook FOREVAR!!1!! without really stopping to consider whether that was the best course of action. Here’s the thing, though. I missed a whole bunch of people, including reader interactions, far more than I thought I would. Here’s the other […]

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Deceived

A book. Sorta. By way of apology, I must confess that this ebook is not what I set out to write when I decided I would write a book on Christian families and fertility. It would seem that I’m more adept at making babies than writing books about making babies. As soon as I had […]

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Frustrated

I am. Right now. Hang in there just a little while longer, and I will give you an ebook. That’s why no blog posts right now. UPDATE: Funny how fast a “little talk with Jesus” can fix things. Book’s up!

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Happy Independence Day!

Yes, I know tomorrow is New Year’s Day. But I’m declaring independence anyway. If you’ll look to the right sidebar you’ll notice that I no longer have a Facebook widget there to entice you to follow me there. There are several reasons for this, the chief of them that social media was pulling me away […]

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Teach Them Diligently Convention

Early bird pricing for the Teach Them Diligently Convention is going away in just a few short days. Don’t miss it! And if you go to the Nashville event, you get to see Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert at no extra charge. It’s included in the price of your registration: What are you waiting […]

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Our First Term with Ambleside Online

When I said at the beginning of the year that we were going to be using Ambleside Online for our curriculum this year, lots of readers expressed an interest in using AO, if only they could figure out how it all works. Being a newbie myself, I didn’t (and still don’t) have much in the […]

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No Ebook After All

Sorry about that. So, I wrote this (I think) pretty good thing and decided to sell it to you. Then I decided not to sell it after all, but to offer it as a free download. And now I have decided that, for the time being, it’s better if I don’t put it out there […]

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