Should Low-BMI Models Be Illegal?

Models. Some of us love to hate them and hate to love them. Teenagers want to be them and parents expend immeasurable energy trying to convince teens that modeling is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s a hard sell, because on the surface, the life of a model appears the thing of which dreams are made....more
As a 5'10, 56 kilo, 21 one year old female with a BMI of 17, i can tell you that a BMI is not ...more

It's OK to Say "No"

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Do You Believe in Angels?

Today was a pretty typical one in my humble abode.   I worked, made dinner, did a bit of housework, watched the news, answered to callings of “Mom?”, and ran a couple of errands.  Nothing remarkable for the most part –  until late this evening....more

So Long, Facebook!

As of today, I am 63 days sober after having dropped Facebook cold turkey.  I’d pondered the self-censorship for many weeks and discussed the possibility of doing so with my husband many times, but the way that it happened was almost as a shock to even me....more

Teen's First (Real) Summer Job

  The picture above sums up the past few weeks in my household.  Trying to get my sixteen-year-old to understand the importance of  getting a summer job, at times, seemed like a full-time job for both my husband and me....more

Doing Your Child's Homework

Children are busier than ever.  Early morning hockey and swimming practices, after-school sports activities, religious obligations, and maybe even after-school employment or volunteer responsibilities compete for their time.  Schedules can become overwhelmed and not allow enough time to do everything, so some families find that they skimp and relax the rules for homework....more

Philippians 4:6

I once read the statement, “The more you worry, the less faith you have”.  Ouch!  That’s convicting.  I have great faith; enough to cover me and countless friends and family members, but I still worry at times.  Some of the things that I worry about are small, but others are large....more

Cheap Gas

Do you remember when you didn’t have to keep up with gas prices?  When the expense was more of an incidental than a budgeted line item?  I do.When I bought my first car, gas was somewhere around 89 cents per gallon. Ten buckaroos bought a fill-up in those days.  That was ice cream money by today’s standards....more

Another Birthday

Today, we celebrated another birthday as our oldest daughter turned fourteen.  Gosh, we’re getting old(er)!  As is tradition, we gathered around the dining room table, dimmed the lights, and sang the birthday song.  Burning candles were extinguished, pictures were taken, jokes were told, and cake and ice cream were dished out to everyone who wanted some.  I passed for the time being, but made no promises to lay off the cake on a long-term basis....more

Thankful for My Church

I love my church.  The people, not the building.  My church home is the first one in which I’ve taken a serious interest – that’s saying a lot considering I grew up spending two days per week in a place of worship and one at a congregant’s home for “book study”.  Thepeople at my church are welcoming, the teen and elementary departments are amazing, and the organization is missions-oriented....more