UFI Blog

by Tashica Jacobson Family members have a responsibility to each other; and as each member fulfills his role the whole family benefits. There are many benefits that come from having a close relationship among spouses, and between parents and children. When children have a good relationship with...

by Diane Robertson   The US federal government continues to push what it calls “transgender rights” on the American people and the American people continue to fight back. The Obama administration has come out with regulations for all hospitals that receive any federal funding and their physicians...

by Erin Weist   I was listening to a speech recently about the merits of fathers in a society.  The speaker started by saying he didn’t want to marginalize the work and importance of women & mothers, but he wanted to focus at this time on men...

by Mekelle Tenney   It’s back to school season. Over the next two weeks kids will start going back to school. Education is one of those things that everyone both agrees and disagrees on. I don’t think anyone would argue that education should not be a priority...

by Diane Robertson The fight to maintain the natural family, parental rights, decency, and a respect for life in a society inundated with media that preaches the opposite is a hard fight. It’s hard to convince people that the opinions they once held about family, marriage,...

Studies show that simple things, such as sharing a TV show with your spouse, improves your marriage. By Jackie Bowles Recently, I had the privilege of participating in a graduation ceremony and accepting my very own diploma. This proved the end of a challenging time for my...

by Erin Weist I recently read this heartwarming story of Eliza McIntosh, a young woman who was lately crowned Ms. Wheelchair America, overcoming great odds and spending her time & energy encouraging others to live life to its’ fullest.  Before birth she was diagnosed with a...

  by Christie Masters Whether expressing their faith by giving honor to God, declaring their identity to be in Christ, or in sacrificing their chances of winning to do what is compassionate and honorable, we can find a much needed inspiration in many of the athletes competing...

by Diane Robertson The Charlotte, North Carolina school district has established new guidelines concerning transgender students that will mostly go into effect when school starts Aug. 29th. The guidelines said to prevent bullying are definitely confusing. How is this Confusing? First of all, teachers and staff are required...

by Peggy Sturgill We were very good at keeping the family secret when I was growing up. To the outside world, we looked like a normal, happy family, much like the Cleaver family in “Leave It to Beaver.” No one suspected there was a monster living...

by Erin Weist Once again a non-legislative bill introduced by the UN has worked its way into a country, not by the voice of the people but through unelected, unaffiliated bureaucrats with no sense of ownership or investment in the outcome.  Panama, however, is showing them...

by Mekelle Tenney We’ve all heard the cliché “the family that plays together stays together”. Normally I don’t buy into cliché’s. But I make an exception for this one, because it’s true. I believe that families have specific needs in order to create life long bonds....

by Cinthia Jahnson “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey” Missy Franklin, three-time medalist Olympian. In 1992, at the Barcelona Olympic games Derek Redmond tore his hamstring during the 400m race in the Olympics. He was a promising athlete and many thought he would medal in this...

by Diane Robertson I was once asked that since there are many kinds of birth defects then wouldn’t it be reasonable that a person could be born with the outward sexual organs of one gender and the brain of another thereby making them a true transgender?...

by Laura Friend Family Life Educators, Claudia and David Arp, describe blended families as “patchwork” families. The analogy is apropos. My husband’s grandmother, Anna Laura Tuttle Friend, lived to be 101 years old. Amidst the challenges of raising a large family during the depression and subsequent World...

by Erin Weist Abortion and the rights of the unborn children have been under debate in Ireland recently.  The 8th amendment of their constitution ratified in 1983 provides legal protection for a child in the womb.  Thousands attended a rally recently to celebrate the 8th amendment...

by Tashica Jacobson The past 5 months has given us additional stressors, anxiety, sweet moments, and tons of excitement. While these could be the emotions of any typical month, ours are amplified because we are expecting a baby, and have started to share the exciting news...

By Candice LeSueur According to a Columbia University survey, 85 percent of American parents feel it is important to tell their kids they are smart. It seems honorable, but is praising your children for their intelligence really the smart thing to do in the long run? Research has...

by Diane Robertson Years ago while living in Toronto, Canada, I found out that I was pregnant. But things were not going right. It was obvious the pregnancy would end as an early miscarriage. I went to a doctor. The doctor, upon finding out that I...

by Jennifer Johnson On a field trip bus ride I overheard some friends debate the controversial topic of abortion. One friend’s personal comment made the topic real for me. This friend is gifted, smart, one of the most capable people I have ever met. Yet before...

by Erin Weist From some of our earliest records of mankind we learn that people began to “call upon the name of the Lord.” (Genesis 4:26)  Whether through fair times or famine, battle or prosperity, the history of calling upon God in supplication or gratitude is...

By Lizzy Sabin When we’re young we’re encouraged to find our niche in life. Our personal form of self-expression to help us process hard moments and emotions, which everyone faces. When my teenage mind could no longer handle the things I was experiencing I chose to write...

By Candice LeSueur A few months ago, I was informed a family had moved from Haiti into our area and needed help learning English. They were not living in the most ideal of circumstances and, therefore, fled their native country and arrived here via asylum. It wasn’t...

by Diane Robertson We all know the phrase “separation of church and state”. It was taught us in school and atheists use it all of the time to reprimand people for holding prayer at public events. Of course the intended meaning wasn’t the absence of religion...

By Cinthia Jahnsen Have you ever thought of homeschooling as an option for your child’s education? My kids go to public school right now and I have loved their teachers. However, I do not love how much teachers seem to be losing their authority on how...