A Day In The Life Of Homeschooling: Day 1

For those who want to see what homeschooling might look like, I started a month of blogging about what we do all day (or don’t do). Today was less than impressive. [Read more...]

Protecting Christmas: An Open Letter To Sarah Palin

I don’t feel any need to protect Christmas. God doesn’t need my protection. And the truth is that I have more sympathy for the Puritan understanding of Christmas than I do for what most modern Christians do to celebrate the day .But I do want to protect my ability to celebrate my faith and raise my children as Christians. And I find myself wanting to discuss it all with Sarah Palin, who just wrote Good Tidings, Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
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Boston Strong: Our Family’s Halloween Tribute

Maybe most of us make art in response to loss. Roadside memorials, video montages, elaborate masses with incense and organ music, and tattoos like those that sprang up all over town after the Boston bombings. Our family responded with Halloween costumes. Boston Strong! [Read more...]

A Lost World Of Family Time

Children today suffer from too much stuff, too many choices, too much information and too little time. But it’s not too late to simplify your life and reclaim your family. [Read more...]

Making Fun Of Homeschoolers

We homeschoolers spend so much time defending ourselves from people who think we are nuts, or selfish, or ill-informed that we tend to take ourselves too seriously. We should remedy that with lots of self-deprecating jokes, don’t you think? [Read more...]

Everything I Need To Know About Raising Children I Could Have Learned In Obedience School

When I was having a hard time convincing my boys to quit jumping on the couches, it never occurred to me to pay a dog trainer two hundred dollars an hour to help me out.  Maybe I should have, because what I have learned from our trainer in the last year has been worth far [Read More...]

Can A Slave Owning General Be A Hero?

For everyone who wants to say that George Washington was the most honorable man our country has ever known, there is a ghost crying out for justice. For everyone who demands that we see him only as an oppressor whose fight for “liberty for all” was a mockery, there is are decisions he made regarding slavery that required more strength than most of us will ever show about anything. Liberty demands justice, but it’s meaningless without mercy. [Read more...]

Giving Testimony To The Truth Of Our Lives

Those of us who profess Jesus as savior and friend diminish his good news if he is only good news when we get a new job or a cure for cancer. We need to give testimony during both our joy and our sorrow. Sometimes our testimony is simply that – by grace alone – we haven’t given up. And that’s worth telling too. [Read more...]

The Year My Dad Died, Jeff’s Hair Fell Out, And We Stopped Having Sex

My dad died, my faith took a hit on the chin, and I gained twenty pounds. Jeff’s hair fell out, his testosterone plummeted, and we stopped having sex. How does a marriage, or a faith, survive all that? [Read more...]

Shameless Self-Promotion

I’ve never been paid to write.  On the contrary, I’ve spent lots of money to write.  I’ve paid for conferences and paid someone to edit my memoir draft.  Before I moved to Patheos, I paid for a domain name for my blog.  And lets not forgot all the money I spent in grad school so [Read More...]