The Only Thing That Counts at Christmas and Always

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.Galatians 5:6b (NIV) Faith expressing itself through love.  Faith — something we think of as so interior and personal and hidden in our hearts — works in a very practical way and wriggles itself into the outside world through love.  To serve one another, to bear with…

Why is the sky blue? (and other ultimate questions)

When a child asks, “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why does fire burn?” what do we usually do? Well, if we’re not in a hurry and tempted to brush aside their childish inquiries, chances are, we delve into some explanation of those phenomena rooted in the mechanics of the processes. The child asks “why”…

“School” This Week

This was an unusual week...perhaps a taste of what it would be like to homeschool one child (with the exception of Little Mister underfoot).  Our two middle girls stayed with grandparents for the week to allow C-Bear to adjust to being home from the hospital. It was good for her to have a quiet house…

My New Christmas Lists

The past three weeks have been tense for our family.  After two weeks of abdominal cramping, unexplained fevers, and three trips to the ER, it was finally discovered that our oldest daughter C-Bear had a ruptured appendix requiring emergency surgery.  I have never seen her so sick.  Her recovery has been excruciating to watch.  The…