Let It Go


This song from Disney's Frozen just reduced me to tears.I may gripe about the pinkification of the Disney princesses, but I've got to hand it to them here. Tangled was much the same, but this? Wow. This is amazing. I haven't even seen the movie, I've only seen this one song, and already the tears are flowing. Such catharsis.Here are the lyrics: The snow glows white on the mountain tonight Not a footprint to be seen A kingdom of isolation And it looks like I'm the queenThe … [Read more...]

TTUAC: God Spanks His Children


To Train Up a Child, Chapter 5, Part 2Here we learn more about Michael's conception of God. 4. UNDERSTANDING THE CHARACTER OF GODThe parent who excuses himself from using the rod based on an excuse of loving the child too much does not well understand the character and methods of God toward His own people.There is a current thought pattern that has edged into the Christian's thinking. It goes something like this: "Since God is love, He is not discriminating, demanding, vindictive, … [Read more...]

Modern Girlhood and Candy Land’s Sweet Poison


Raising a daughter in today's world is hard. We like to think of ourselves as light years ahead of the 1950s in terms of gender equality, but sometimes I don't see it. And, lately, Candy Land has been one of those places. I am so incredibly thankful that my husband's grandparents gifted us their old Candy Land board, because otherwise I would be scouring ebay for one. When I played Candy Land growing up, we had the 1984 version.Then, in 2004, the game was updated.With this … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Encourage Your Wife—By Telling Her Her Role!


A guest post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated to Need a Help Meet, pp. 97---98 Understanding Your RolesIf Mr. Steady Turtle were to come out of his shell, what could he do immediately that would encourage his wife? First, you need to address her concerns that you are not spiritually minded and are not open to her. I have read her concern in thousands of letters."He is not a spiritual leader. I just pray and pray that he will step up and do what God has designed h … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Discretion and the Jewel in the Pig’s Nose


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 188---189Here we begin the chapter titled "To Be Discreet." Debi of course starts by quoting Titus 2 once again, given that she is going through it's pieces one by one and the phrase "that they may teach the young women . . . to be discreet" is the subject of this chapter. She then defines "to be discreet": To be discreet: Prudent; wise in avoiding error and in selecting the best means to accomplish a purpose; circumspect, courteous, polite, honest … [Read more...]

Finding My Cohort


Darcy recently wrote a blog post called Of Homeschooling and Cohort Effect. I'm going to quote from it at length, but I'm going to start with some thoughts of my own, because Darcy got me thinking once again.I remember the first time I met someone else who was homeschooled but had similarly left that world, daring to think for herself and marry without approval. I met Natalie when I was newly married, and it was earth shattering. It was like meeting another American while abroad in an area … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Don’t Read Your Wife Your To Do List

To Do List

A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 95---97 Dear MikeI am writing in response to your request for info for your new book. The most amazing thing happened in our marriage a few years ago, when, after almost 20 years of being married, my husband gave me the gift of time alone with him in prayer on a consistent basis. This began revolutionizing our relationship. Now we say things in prayer that have never come easily between us. We p … [Read more...]