UFI Blog

By Victoria Black & Lauren Buchan It all began with a drive. Born almost 100 years ago, Alice and Dale Rockey grew up in the small town of Hemingford, Nebraska. They had never paid any attention to one another until the day they were both supposed...

By Diane Robertson It’s apparent that an education received at a liberal university is more a matter of indoctrination in social justice rather than an effort to help young people grow into learned adults. Sometimes this indoctrination seems so far from reality that I think the...

By Tamara Jones It will be fun! Marriages and wedding anniversaries are a time of celebration. They are fun and exciting! My 18th wedding anniversary was spent in a way that I had never envisioned as I participated in a Spartan race with my husband. This had...

by Erin Weist I subscribe to several newsletters in various forms of social media that cover the topics of popular and newly-published books around the world. I love good literature. It can be ennobling and uplifting and encouraging in its scope to improve oneself and thereby...

Alyssa Samuelson & Jessika Tweedy Technology is such a powerful tool. We’re able to communicate with someone clear across the globe, send texts instantly, provide a means for understanding what is happening worldwide, and learn new information with just a click of a button.  It has become...

by Rebecca Mallory When is it a good idea to lend adult children money? As young marrieds, we never had money. There was a time when we had three small kids and were working four jobs between us. We borrowed $5,000 from my husband's parents for a...

by Diane Robertson There’s this infamous company in Canada, Ashley Madison, which hosts a purportedly secret online dating service for people who are married or in a committed relationship. The company’s slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair.” Customers pay Ashley Madison to help them...

By Tashara Carnahan The Story Has Become Commonplace I couldn’t breathe. My world started to spin around me, frantically, closing me in at all sides. No, I thought, this can’t be happening. This can’t be real. My eyes burned from holding back the salty tears that threatened...

by Annalise Jarman Surprised as many of you might be, I actually think Target’s move to take gender labels out of their toy aisles is positive news. Of course gender is important. Of course the current push to live in denial about gender differences is harmful...

[caption id="attachment_10760" align="alignleft" width="150"] Little Girl Helping Father with His Tie ca. 2003[/caption] By Rachel Soderquist Jim had been married for five years. He and his wife had two little girls. They were happy. In the last year, their relationship had spun way off course. It started...

by Erin Weist I have four boys. Four wonderful, mischievous, wrestling, tumbling, occasionally smelly little boys. Someday they will be young men. Then they will go on to become men. I burst with pride at this thought, hoping with all my heart they become valiant, courageous,...

The addicting power of Facebook, togetherness not tech-etherness, and putting up safeguards for your marriage By Jackie Bowles Social media helps people stay connected with family and friends all over the world. It also helps in spreading the word of current events such as the Boston marathon,...

By Fae Emily Love A recent story about a popular department store removing gender specification labels from all their products has caused clamoring of so many people. While many people do not concern or fret that a person’s sexual identity is entirely reliant on the gender...

by Diane Robertson I remember quite distinctly the day in 2004 when my husband told me that Massachusetts legalized gay marriage. I said, “Why should I care? They should be able to live their lives however they want.” And I meant it. I had some friends...

by Erin Weist A few weeks ago, Caitlin from this blog posted a great article on putting our families first in our lives (see her article here: Five Great Ways to Make Family the Priority). It started me thinking about the ways we can expand that...

Want to raise the IQ of the children of your community and your nation?   Encourage fathers to live with their children and be actively engaged in their lives.  Several years ago, the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science released a study that joins with a multitude of...

by Jodi Walker According to the childstats.gov website, over half of America’s children are being raised in daycares. The first time I ever thought about a “daycare child” was before I had children of my own. I was with my friend at a park and a huge bus...

by Diane Robertson Words are powerful. The phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword” has proven to be true. Today good arguments, science, statistics, philosophy, and religion all fail to the powerful word, “Bigot!” Every discussion ends at that one word. Bombs, guns, or swords...

by Ally Fife It was finally a sunny day after days of rain. My children were so excited to run outside and play. I glanced out the window to see how things were going, when I realized the whole neighborhood was in our backyard. Not an...

by Erin Weist Churches and their faithful followers around the world have increasingly become the target of derision, suspicion, bullying and oppression. From news articles such as this one from the UK (http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/preacher-arrested-for-calling-homosexuality-a-sin.html) and this one from Oregon in the US (http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-oregon-bakery-wedding-cake-20150703-story.html) there is mounting evidence...

by Kelsi Shipley It’s one of my favorite times of the year: Back to School. As a child I always loved the smell of new notebooks, crayons, and markers. It’s no surprise that I became a teacher. Right now, stores all around the country are advertising back...

By Natasha Rasaka Growing Up Babies grow up becoming terrible at two, leave for the very first day of school at five, and can read a book by age seven. Around 12 years of age the baby you used to have is really a young adult and...

by Diane Robertson The videos revealing the practice of Planned Parenthood selling parts of aborted babies has brought the debate back to the forefront. My social media accounts have been full of people condemning and defending Planned Parenthood and abortion. I have two separate thoughts on...

by Holly Gardner Readers, I’ve heard the arguments over and over again. “Woman’s right to choose,” “My body, my choice.” Well sister, (in most cases) you’ve already made your choice: when you made your baby. And it’s not just your body, it’s that absolutely innocent one...

by Erin Weist Someday I hope my children make it a priority to get married. I know it will only get harder to keep the traditions of family-building alive, rampant as societies are with self-serving choices. I wanted to write a letter in hopes of expressing...