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by Tashica Jacobson “All this because two people fell in love” is the quote on my grandparents photo wall. While I have heard this saying multiple times, the full impact of it never settled in until I saw their wall with photos of each of their...

by Cathi Bond After having two gifted daughters with exceptional language skills, I recognized right off when our third child, a son, was going to need extra help to learn to read. I explained to him that when he learned to read, the entire world would...

by Diane Robertson Telescope Media group is a small couple owned business in Minnesota that makes small promotional films or commercials for local events. The company is Christian based and Christian in purpose. Their website advertises the purpose of the company as follows: “Telescope is based on this...

by Erin Weist Listening to wise counsel this weekend I was reminded that relationships are at the center of our search for happiness-- our relationships with god, our relationships with our families, relationships within our communities, and (surprisingly) our relationship with ourselves.  Often this last one...

by Christie Masters The relativism that permeates our culture makes a demand of each one of us: “Be tolerant!” Tolerance has become the crux of what is moral, and to be in open disagreement with the beliefs or lifestyle of another person is considered the ultimate...

by Diane Robertson One does not have to look very far to realize that there has been a global increase in gender dysphoria in children. In recent years, parents have been caught publicly parading their child’s “transformation” from one gender to another. Last year, the UK...

by Tashica Jacobson January first: It’s that time of year again. The start of a new year, the start of a new beginning. And with it comes reflection on the previous twelve months and resolutions for the next twelve. While these goals are good and prompt...

by Jennifer Johnson As a little girl, my favorite movie was Father of the Bride. This movie, starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, and others, tells the story of a father accepting the idea of planning, and carrying out a wedding. I would come home...

by Diane Robertson What happens in the legislature and what happens in the courts ought to be very important to every one. Those are the places where laws are made and repealed. While not all laws affect everyone’s daily life, all laws have a profound effect...

by Diane Robertson California State Legislature is at it again. This time, they are considering taking the right of parents to make decisions for their children and giving it fully to the state. Introduced on the Senate floor on Dec 5th, SB 18 would, “establish a comprehensive...

by Tashica Jacobson Electronic devices are everywhere today. Many families own a TV, computer, laptop, and tablet, with each member also having a personal phone. A 2015 survey found that 90% of households in the United States have three or more devices that connect to the...

by Christie Masters Recently some dear friends were sharing with me that some of their best Christmas celebrations have been when finances were tight. The husband went on to say that one season he had a job that kept him extremely busy and money was no...

by Diane Roberson Think for just a moment. What is the first thing you notice about a person as well as the last thing you forget about them? The answer for pretty much everyone is gender. In fact, gender for humans is much more pronounced than for...

by Erin Weist Troubling news regarding abortion has come out of France in recent weeks.  Last Wednesday the Senate voted in favor of a bill that allows for prosecution of those attempting to influence anyone seeking an abortion.  Under this law, it appears that pro-life websites,...

by Jennifer Johnson A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to attend a shame and vulnerability workshop. While there, a woman a couple rows behind me put into words a concept that I think we have all experienced but do not have a name...

by Diane Robertson Last week there was good news for the families of America. Several senators successfully eliminated a provision that would have forced women age 18 to 26 to be registered for selective service or the draft. The house passed a military bill last summer that...

by Tashica Jacobson It’s been nine long months and I am ready for this baby to come. Throughout these months, though, I have learned many different things; some lessons probably relate to the majority of pregnancies, but some are unique to myself, and some probably shouldn’t...

by Diane Robertson This week I received an email from Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of lawyers who defend religious freedom, that began thus: “Dear Diane, Do you ever wonder what the future will look like for your children and grandchildren? We live in a world where religious freedom...

by Ashley Corbaley “Family, like branches in a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.” – Unknown During the holiday season one thing I think about more than anything is my family. I feel especially grateful to be spending Christmas with...

by Erin Weist I was thinking today about things I’ve learned about children since first starting out over 10 years ago.  I was embarrassed to think about how little I knew back then and the mistakes that I made as a mother, but I hoped I...

by Diane Robertson Churches in Massachusetts this Thanksgiving face a conundrum for the first time: should they open their buildings up to the public to serve Thanksgiving dinner and risk up to $50,000 in fines or should they remain closed to the public to keep their...

by Ashley Corbaley "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." -Alexander Hamilton Families are the fundamental unit of society. Everything good and bad in this world can boil down to the family. In today’s society the family is being attacked at every corner. Good family values...

by Erin Weist A fable written by the famous Greek storyteller Aesop tells of a group of three bulls.  The bulls invariably pastured together, feeding and resting as a group, while a lion lay in wait.  Because of their strength the lion was afraid to attack...

by Jackie Bowles In light of the upcoming Thanksgiving season, I have been thinking about the power of gratitude. I have seen so many blessings happen in my own life for being grateful. Frequent displays of gratitude seem to bring more goodness into our lives. In...

by Christie Masters Pornography is one of the greatest enemies of love in our time and its effect on relationships is devastating. The statistics on pornography are astounding, and its availability online has made it like a great darkness that threatens to blanket our nation and...