Courtship, Hand-Holding, Parody, and Me


I recently came upon an article titled "The Christian dating site for those saving hand-holding for marriage." When I saw the title, I thought it was real, because saving hand-holding for marriage doesn't actually seem foreign or that far out to me.The article, which is actually parody, centered around this video:The Duggar girls are saving hand-holding for engagement. The Duggar family has already spoken about its dating and courtship standards on the TV show. In a TLC interview a … [Read more...]

The Closest I Ever Felt to Normal

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When we would clean the house when I was a child, mom would turn on music from her own past. It was all Christian music, but it was very different from our usual diet of classical music and hymns. There's one song in particular that stands out---DeGarmo and Key's "Boycott Hell." Mom would turn it on and we children would rock out while we wiped baseboards and dusted shelves. During those times, I felt strangely normal.Sometimes I wonder about my parents' past. There was a time when they … [Read more...]

When Toxicity Demands a Break


In case you haven't noticed, I'm taking a bit of a break from my series on To Train Up a Child. It was just starting to get to me, delving into it like that week after week. Don't worry, the series will be back once I've had a bit of a breather.In the meantime, have a dose of laughing babies to wash the Pearls' parenting advice out of your system: … [Read more...]

Help HARO Speak at a Homeschool Convention!


Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO) has the opportunity to speak at an upcoming homeschool convention---and they need funding to do it! I've been a blog partner of Homeschoolers Anonymous, a project of HARO, since its inception, and I fully support HARO's mission and vision.This is HARO's first convention opportunity! Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO) has a vision: "Renewing and transforming homeschooling from within." We are a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the … [Read more...]


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As I listened to the song Oh Rebecca last week, I began to cry. I played it again, and again, More tears, more feeling. Finally I began to write. Within only a few minutes I had composed what follows, a lament of sorts very different from my usual style. We look out upon a landscape we never expected. We can tell from the air around us that something is fundamentally broken and fractured. In front of us there is wilderness, and it is beautiful, but it also dramatic and bold in a way that can … [Read more...]

This Is How Change Happens


Some weeks ago I was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. The other bridesmaids and I went out on the town and spent some time hanging out, just chatting and enjoying our time together (and trying to keep the bride's stress level down!). Then, as we were chatting, one of the bridesmaids---we'll call her Amy---mentioned that her cousin had just come out as transgender. There was a momentary pause. Amy said she wasn't sure about the whole pronouns thing, and she just seemed really unsure about it … [Read more...]

How Are Your Kids and/or Pets?

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A good number of regular commenters here have either children or pets. Not infrequently, my blog's comment sections turn to stories, anecdotes, questions, or tips about parenting or pet owning. Given the level of apparent interest, I thought I'd create a chatter post dedicated to just that. Share away!  … [Read more...]