“Where Never Is Heard . . . .”

As I described recently, the roaming buffalo and also the playing deer and antelope in Custer State Park in South Dakota inspired us to sing “Home on the Range.” When the song popped into my head more recently, one line made me ponder: Where seldom is heard a discouraging word . . . Now there’s a home motto […]

Ready, Eddie?

“Ready, Eddie?” is a common question around our house. The meaning is simple, “Are you ready?” I’m not certain how it came into our vocabulary; but, as with so many of our family phrases, we probably picked it up from an old movie. We quote several lines from Jimmy Stewart’s “You Can’t Take It with You.” […]


I hope you are kind to yourself when you talk to yourself. I hope you say things like, “Nice job!” and “Way to go!” and “At least I gave it a try!” instead of “I am such a klutz!” or  “I can’t believe I did that AGAIN!” or “I can’t do anything right!” Keeping a positive attitude […]

Godly Mamas

Mama, ma, mother, mom. Our culture puts many adjectives in front of these words: soccer mom, helicopter mom, working mother, stay-at-home mother, work-at-home mom, homeschooling mom . . . . I’m probably dating myself by leaving out common adjectives for 2016. Categories tend to dehumanize folks; and, if you’re like me, you’d rather not be lumped into […]