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by Ashley Corbaley “When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship” –Joseph Campbell It is probably not a secret to most people that marriage requires sacrifice. Most things that are good in this life require...

by Erin Weist Beginning this week thousands of migrants are being evacuated from camps in the port city of Calais, France.  The number of refugees camped in this area commonly referred to as “The Jungle” has swelled over the years, ranging anywhere from 6,000-9,000 people, the...

by Laura Friend A few weeks back I sat in my sister-in-law’s living room enjoying the company of extended family. My nephew and his wife sat close together, holding hands, and radiating that, “young couple in love” feel, which brought a smile to my face. My...

by Diane Robertson Have you ever wondered where is the outrage? When the president mandated that through Title IX all schools receiving any federal funding had to allow students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams according to self-proclaimed gender identity, there was definite...

by Ashley Corbaley I recently watched an advertisement that had a powerful message. This video began with ten married couples that were asked the question: “If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead who would you choose?” After several moments of deep thought, each...

by Erin Weist Men and women from around the world are visiting Quito, Ecuador this week for a United Nations conference called ‘Habitat III’ which brings global groups together to create plans for future urban development.  The document being prepared will ultimately guide planning in sustainable...

by Jennifer Johnson When a family member or friend passes away, there are societal and/or religious rituals that we go through to mourn the loss of this person. These rituals are accompanied by an outpouring of love and support for those closest to the deceased. But...

by Diane Robertson Following the ratifying of the US Constitution, John Adams rightly foretold, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Citizens of the United States are getting ready to cast their votes...

by Ashley Corbaley “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas A. Edison Growing up, Saturday morning was clean the house day. Other days in the week my brother and I took turns doing certain tasks such as taking out the...

by Erin Weist Many countries are increasingly antagonistic to religious belief and expression. For instance, since 2015 the Chinese government has been expanding control over religion and its adherents.  In many provinces certain Christian denominations are illegal, while state-sanctioned churches are allowed to assemble and preach....

by Tashica Jacobson With the start of October we are now in the last quarter of the year, which always seems like the busiest part of the year. Cold weather is setting in making last minute yard and house work a must and preparations for the...

by Elise Ellsworth In my last article I indulged in a little uncalled for husband bashing - to which my husband turned a partially blind eye.  I felt bad about this - my husband has saved my bacon in numerous situations, including watching the kids on...

I don’t often give parental advice. On the whole, I feel like all your children really need is you, and there are as many ways to be a good parent as there are parents. However, children are growing up in an age where they are inundated...

by Ashley Corbaley My wedding day was the best day of my life so far. Since that day there have been many good days and bad days and in-between days. There have been tears and laughter, joy and sadness. Some days have been sunny and others...

by Erin Weist Driving home from a family dinner tonight my husband taught me a great lesson.  As we began our drive, a light-hearted argument commenced about what to listen to on the radio.  Since it was Sunday I had turned it to classical, orchestral music....

by Jackie Bowles Recently a 2nd Grade teacher, Brandy Young in Texas, went viral with her new “No Homework Policy” at Godley Elementary. Ms. Young says, “After much research this summer, I'm trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not...

by Whitney Ireland It’s almost October and ads for Halloween costumes and decorations seem to be popping up everywhere. Soon children will be running from house to house dressed up as ghosts, ninjas, princesses, pirates and more as they fill their pillow cases with candy. Then...

by Ashley Corbaley For as long as I can remember Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous saying: “Do one thing every day that scares you” has been my personal motto. I had the quote pinned to my corkboard in my bedroom growing up. I wrote it in school binders...

by Erin Weist Recently, I was reminded of a group of teenagers who reached out to my mom’s brother as a youth and with that small act of kindness drastically altered the life of their whole family for the better.  I can say with assurance that...

by Mekelle Tenney “It’s human nature!” This popular saying is often used to justify behavior. Human nature, or men in the state of nature, was a topic that we studied and debated a great deal in college. And it is something that I have been thinking...

by Kindsey D. Smith Suzie looks down, fighting back the tears as her mind processes what her husband George (names have been changed) had just said. “I’m done being a father and I’m done being a husband” is something that Suzie never thought she would hear...

by Laura Friend I looked over at my 13-year-old daughter and felt that familiar well of love spring up from deep within my heart – my, she has grown into such a beautiful young woman, I thought to myself. We were on our way to see...

By Ashley Corbaley When I was younger I accidentally broke a very special family heirloom. After several failed attempts to fix the precious heirloom, I decided to replace it. The replacement, however splendid or similar to the original, did not and could not replace the broken...

by Christie Masters Not too long ago, while worrying about one of my children and wondering how to approach her and attempt to solve a problem, the two words “build relationships” were like a whisper to my heart. Every time the worry tried to take over,...

by Whitney Ireland It seems that we are constantly hearing about how far the U.S. lags behind other industrialized nations in education. After testing more than 510,000 students in 65 countries and economies on maths, reading and science, the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) administered...