UFI Blog

by Vanessa Duersch It is often said that “Time is money!” and that time is the hot commodity of acquiring what we desire most in life. What about people and the memories we make with our loved ones, heroes, and family members that impact each of...

by Rachel Allison This past weekend my three sisters and I assembled for some much needed emotional strengthening. Our conversations focused on the battles that our children and grandchildren are facing, and how we as women of faith could fortify and support them against the onslaught...

by Ally Fife Is it possible to have a rational discussion about same sex marriage? Each side, pulling further and further apart, throw words of bigotry and hate that seem to stop all conversation before it even starts. So much of our back and forth is...

by Diane Robertson Policy makers in the state of Oregon must love irony. A new health policy allows teens as young as 15 to obtain hormone suppression supplements and surgery to alter their gender without parental permission. The state will even subsidize the cost for the...

by Rebecca Mallory Remember back in the olden days when you were punished for doing something wrong in school? Remember when the really bad guys were suspended for fighting, stealing or cheating? Remember when you could opt out of Sex Ed if you felt uncomfortable? Well,...

by Erin Weist The media stories that have been overwhelming my news feeds lately have dealt with the transition of the traditional family. They have covered the current dogma of the fluidity of gender, the worldly view of traditional parental roles that are seen as archaic, the...

by Diane Robertson If ever there was a time in U.S. History for Americans to rise up and stand together the time would be now. People may celebrate the Obergefell ruling legalizing gay marriage, but what many need to realize is that with this single ruling,...

"Marriage is dead,”. . . or, at least,  no longer necessary was the Nietzchean-like declaration of two young, female writers in Newsweek.  In an article entitled “The Case Against Marriage,” Jessica Bennett and Jesse Ellison lay-out with dismissive nonchalance, and not a small amount of...

by Caitlin Woolbert I know the summer is part way over, but I have a great idea for you! Make family time a priority. Seems simple enough? Wrong! Everyday life is busy. Summer life is even busier. This summer is a great time to start making family...

by Tori Perez "Not everything can be changed that is faced, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - Lucille Ball It's simple. Gas prices are falling, poor people are getting better health insurance, soldiers are being sent home to their families.. It sounds like things are...

by Diane Robertson The United States of America has officially entered the realm of the ridiculous and impossible. Five justices on the Supreme Court decided that the Constitution apparently protects the dignity of adults, and since heterosexual marriage bestowed dignity upon those couples, then according to...

The happy “same-sex family” is more often than not built upon the back of a destroyed mother/father heterosexual family.  In the same-sex marriage debate, how often have you heard this snarkily-delivered question:  “Well, how does a same-sex marriage harm your heterosexual marriage?”  With the obvious answer...

by Rebecca Mallory  Well America, here we are, front row seat witnesses of what happens to a society that throws all morals and righteousness out the window. These past few weeks have proven to the world that words and laws mean absolutely nothing to America's Supreme...

by Tashica Jacobsen “You can never get enough of what you don’t need, because what you don’t need can’t satisfy you.” I first heard this statement in my family relations class as we discussed satisfying our children’s developmental needs. I knew that this idea applied to...

By Trishia Van Orden A young mother walks into a room and where her two children are watching television. As the mother sits down on her couch she pulls out a book. After a few minutes, her children notice their mother reading. Immediately they turn off...

by Diane Robertson Before this month is over, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on marriage laws for all 50 states. The questions the Supreme Court must answer are: Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? Does...

by Emily Black When people hear that I am an advocate for traditional marriage, the first question that bursts forth is always, “Well, do you actually know anyone who is gay?” as if my not knowing anyone would be reason to condemn my stance on same-sex...

by Caitlin Woolbert My Dad is a great example to me. One of the greatest lessons I learned from my Dad is the importance of telling your children how much you love them. Children don’t just know they are loved. They need to be told. Guess...

by Fae Emily Love What do you and I have in common with a celebrity like Marilyn Monroe? Probably more than you think. We are all human beings. We all make mistakes, and we all live lives that everyone has opinions about. How do we contrast with...

I have to warn you before you read my post. This story is horrifying. It wrenched my gut more than anything I’ve read in the past two weeks.   By T.R. Ransom   A fourteen-year-old girl who was impregnated by rape had the fetus beaten out of her by...

by Diane Robertson We need fathers. The politically correct modern notion that as long as a child seems loved and cared for, then it won’t matter who raises the child is just wrong. Children need fathers. Society needs fathers. Mothers need fathers. For years fathers have gotten...

By Valerie Preston A young father was stranded in LA and was in need of a cab to make his flight. Taking all risks into account, he found a ride from three young teenage boys. As a visitor to LA, he commented on the beautiful city....

by Marlene Hinton Robert Ludlum begins his book, The Bourne Identity with Jason Bourne as an amnesiac looking for clues as to who he is.  His first tip is when a gun is tossed to him and he is told to take it apart and reassemble it, which...

by Tom Christensen When driving through the arid national pine forests of Montana, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, one cannot help but notice large numbers of dead trees.   Mountain pine beetles about the size of a grain of rice bore into, lay their eggs, feed on and...

by Kelsey Shipley On a scale from one to ten, how would you rate your personal stress level? Recently the American Psychologist Association (APA) conducted their annual “Stress in America Survey.” On scale from 1- -10 parents rate their overall stress as a 5.7. A healthy stress...