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By Amanda Cleary Eastep As I looked around our family table at Thanksgiving, I imagined Jesus sitting there. He’d probably be at the head of the table. . .and after dessert, he’d sit in Dad’s chair, because my father would so give up the microfiber recliner for his Savior. We would have offered Jesus one […]

by Beth J. Drechsel Yesterday, trekking poles in hand, we hiked through mountain aspens, amber leaves fluttering to the ground. Today, snow flurries drift on an icy wind, flakes landing briefly, then melting, on our wrinkled faces. This is our season. Our spring and summer is long gone. Autumn will soon be over. The oldest […]

When my adult son offered to host Thanksgiving last month, it felt as though a baton was being passed instead of platters of turkey and cranberry relish. For three decades, I’ve been the one to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Now, it was time to hand off the honor to the next generation… at least this year. […]

By Amanda Cleary Eastep I never set out to be friends with my daughters. I was happy and grateful enough to be their mother. God forbid I would be the mom looking like I was trying to look like my daughters… (Ridiculous, right?) I was never interested in being BFFs with their BFFs or putting […]

by Debby Hudson Ten years ago, our firstborn daughter snuggled her newborn into that warm crook between her shoulder and neck, tilting her head toward the baby’s crown. She gently patted her daughter’s back and whispered, “One day we’ll be best friends but for now I’m your mama.” This wise, grown woman was now bending […]

menopause

By Lois Flowers Sometimes, grace blooms in the unlikeliest of places, springing up like a surprise lily near the end of a hot, dry summer. My so-called child-bearing years lurched to a halt at the ripe old age of 41. This transition, if you want to call it that, was early but not totally unexpected. Years […]

by Zack Williamson The radiant spring morning beautifully illuminated the world, yet my three-year-old daughter stood unusually still. It was a delightful day to say the least, and my wife Alethea and I had walked out on our back porch to savor the sun. We lived in a pleasant neighborhood (contrary to the opinion of many), and for a young family […]

There has been much written about the exodus of Millennials from the Church. But I haven’t seen much discussion about the effect of that exodus on those they’ve left behind; specifically, the parents who sought to pass on their faith to their children both at home and via involvement with their local church. This was […]

If you browse the parenting bookshelves at a local bookstore or pull up the category at Amazon, you’ll see dozens of trusty manuals filled with black-and-white counsel about breastfeeding, sleep schedules, and toilet training. I find it telling that there are no comforting manuals with certain advice about how to launch your young adult, or […]

by Dena Dyer After a commenter on Rachel Farnsworth’s Stay at Home Chef food blog told the chef she should dye her hair because her grey strands made her look like an “old hag,” Rachel filmed a video response. Rachel says, “Growing older is not something to be ashamed of. It’s not something we should […]