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Elise Ellsworth In the last number of years a good amount of material has been published about the rewards of parenting.  Are parents truly happier?  Is parenting worth it?  Many of these articles highlight the downsides of being a parent.  Dirty diapers.  Crying babies.  Bulging tummies. ...

After the holiday festivities, it can be daunting to buckle down to the work facing us in the New Year.  A friend confessed to me this morning, “It’s the middle of January and I still can’t face the big job of putting my Christmas decorations...

Diane Robertson As gay marriage and non-discrimination ordinances which include sexual orientation and gender identity become legalized throughout the world, an atomic bomb of sorts is spreading its way through the legal system. Where ever gay marriage is legal, the common religious belief that marriage is...

There is a story that is told of an Apache grandfather who was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me; it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger,...

Aerial Owen Divorce is like a fire that burns through a family destroying it, leaving only ashes behind when the flames die out. It probably isn’t hard for you to picture someone in your life that has been affected in some way by the fire of...

Today’s news reported a shocking story of a three-year-old toddler being coerced into using terrible language and making obscene gestures simply for the entertainment of the adults in the room. A video of the incident was the punch that forced viewers to acknowledge that...

Maddi Gillel The term ‘totalitarianism’ basically means any form of repressive government. The following is an anonymous quote from a pamphlet by Dr. Wilkinson entitled The Changing Nature of American Government from a Constitutional Republic to a Welfare State: “Socialism – If you have two cows, the government...

Good News & Conquering Fear After a rather bleak picture at the close of 2013, we are grateful to report that New Year has begun with some good news for the Family and Religious Liberties: •    The U.S. Supreme Court granted a “stay” that places a...

Kristi Kane This past September, I paid one of my friends (a professional simplifier), to help me muck out and organize the mess that was in my basement. It took days! When we finished, I had donated over two dozen bags of various sundries to the...

Tiffany Dowell In our fast-paced, ambitious world, many of us are working hard, striving to become better people and to give life to our worthy goals and aspirations.  The simplest things can shape us into what we will become and cultivate the kind of heart where...

Lisa Hymas Imagine for a moment about the life I, among many others, cherished while growing up. Dinner that my mother worked so hard on is set on the table, and a warm, cinnamon aroma filling the house.  My parents give each other a kiss after...

 Rebecca Mallory Well, it's 9:30 am and I just rolled out of bed to a new year. 2014! I'd be more comfortable if it was May 2013. Where did the time go? I say that with more frequency the older I get. And with a new...

Ann Bailey We’ve all done it; started on one website, started clicking, and ended up, topically, miles away.  Well, this was one of those times and I ended up on the website “Queerty.”  Ever heard of it?  “Queerty” has the tagline:  “Free of an Agenda –...

How many of us can recall a time when our naive childhood or adolescent behavior caused a hurtful situation for our parents? Since human errors are part of childhood, all of us have the opportunity, at one point or another, to choose to embrace the...

Tara Holladay It was just another day.  My daughter was at preschool, my mother was watching my toddler son, and I was sitting in a clean, generic waiting room, hoping that when it was my turn in the dentist chair I wouldn’t be hearing any expensive...

Rachel Allison Just over three years ago I was given an assignment that was overwhelming.  It was a forced “New Year’s Resolution” that was placed squarely on my shoulders, and I had no choice but to dig in, learn my responsibilities, rearrange my time commitments, and...

Casey Reeve shares how his father helped to instill in him the true meaning of Christmas. Every Christmas Eve, we would lie under the Christmas tree, listening intently to my father. He would get down next to us and gaze up at the lights on the...

Alicia Johnson and Hailey Welch Over the past 85 years, millions of individuals and families have had the opportunity to watch shows on television and have experienced the rapid growth of many forms of media. Many individuals have experienced the excitement of watching a favorite TV...

Rachel Allison I don’t know if UFI readers remember my writing about a group of women who, experiencing the heartache caused by their own abortions, have dedicated themselves to educating, influencing and hopefully inspiring others to choose life.  One of these good women shared this story with...

Ann Bailey Evidently I was living under a rock until this past summer when some family members sat me down and insisted I view an episode of “Duck Dynasty.”  Honestly, I didn’t know what to make of it.  Having grown up in VERY rural eastern Idaho,...

Diane Robertson Around the holidays I usually don’t want to think about politics, laws, or policies. But lawsuits, bad laws, and general bad ideas meant to damage the family, do not take a Christmas vacation. This Christmas the family is being attacked on many fronts. Belgium is...

Janalee Marriott shares how her parents encouraged a spirit of giving and intentionally thinking of others. Their family tradition gave each family member an opportunity to secretly focus on someone else for the month of December—to gain a greater sense of selflessness and love. The...

Christina Toliver and Emily Dewitt The rise in sexually transmitted diseases should make us question what is being taught today about sex.  It is very unfortunate that in this 21st century, where there is vast medical knowledge and new technology literally at our fingertips, there is...

Maddi Gillel The Navy Seals are one of my favorite subjects to read about, hear about and talk about.  I admire this group of men more than words can express.  I’m reading a book now by Marcus Lutrell – “LONE SURVIVOR-THE EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF OPERATION REDWING...

Rachel Allison What do I have in common with Vladimir Putin?  Apparently more than I formerly realized. In September, 2014 the World Congress of Families Conference is being held in Moscow, Russia. The Conference focus:  “Every Child a Gift:  Large Families—The Future of Humanity.”  Take note:  The...