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The Traumatic Typing Test

The Day of Reckoning has come. Again. I discovered that some of our kids were not doing their typing classes in an entirely kosher manner last year. Or let’s just say they weren’t doing typing at all. They told their father that they were practicing religiously. I never happened to see them typing at any…

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Back-to-School

I guess I’m a nerd. I happen to like school. My kids, not so much, at least the younger three. It could be because I am somehow associated with their negative perceptions since we homeschool, lol. I was the kind of student who did homework easily for 4-6 hours every night in high school. It…

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Family Film: War Room

We interrupt this wonderful weekend to bring a special notice: go and see the new movie “War Room”. If you want your marriage to be close, your family to thrive, and you’d like God’s help, this film could change your life. It’s fairly slow-moving, but deals with everyday, real-life issues of love growing cold, disappointments,…

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Mentoring Morality in Kids

Or, How Not to Throw Your Kids to the Wolves. School has started or is about to start in most parts of the country. We did not send our children to religious or private schools. We definitely did not send them to public schools. Could they survive either? Definitely. Would they come out unscathed? No….

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Abducted or Missing Teens

Every year in the US, there are about 800,000 missing children reported. Many of these are nabbed by family and friends. (With family and friends like this…!) It could be a custody issue or a disturbed neighbor and that’s bad. But in my opinion, the truly scary ones are the 115 “stranger abduction” cases each…

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End-of-Summer Fun Feast

Summer is slowly ending and it’s not a minute too soon for me, lol. The days are becoming ever-so-slightly shorter, the temperature is inching downward at maybe one degree every other week. School is back in session but there’s still the feeling of relaxation (at least for some, if not me…). So we decided to…

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How Josh & Anna Duggar Can Get Help

Life in the fishbowl. Unless you’ve lived it, you can only imagine. Looks like fun, the celebrity, the access, the perks. Sometimes. Other times, it’s the exhaustion. You’re always “on”. You might be shopping for toothpaste and people come up and want to talk. Someone might think you’re overdisciplining a child as they listen in…

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Text-Messaging via Tin Cans

I don’t know why I even try to text-message my husband. I realize that he’s Very Busy. So am I. That’s why I text, for quick communiques and questions. It’s not like I’m trying to make conversation…. He never has his phone on. Maybe that should tell me something. I text my son. “If you…

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Summer Slowdown in the Fast Lane

My family seems to think that summertime is for having fun. While I undertake two grad programs, work, supervise four kids with crazy schedules, make time for one husband and two needy dogs, and shuttle between homes, they’re interested in non-stop fun. I’ve found myself playing along… and then getting back to business. What are…

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Russian Rubles and A Rough Summer at the Dacha

It’s said that one out of three Russians owns a dacha, a generally-small summer cottage, occasionally one room, usually without running water. There’s a well to pump water outside, along with the ubiquitous Russian rural outhouse. There’s also a rush-hour on Fridays to get to the remote outskirts of cities, whether by car or by…