When crosses are carried, buckets overflow

If you haven’t been following the news of ISIS’ advancements through Syria and other countries then perhaps you’ve read the story recently circulating about the 11 missionaries they crucified and beheaded this past August.

I’ve seen the story popping up recently and so maybe it’s just been confirmed or perhaps it’s making the rounds again on the Internet. Either way, it’s a brutal story that leaves me struggling to understand it.

Just a few days before this tragedy, I had read another story about the forthcoming movement of ISIS through Aleppo and the warning to the indigenous Christians in the area to leave. In both stories, the director of the national missionary group also was strongly suggesting they leave, but rather than run, they felt the Lord would be better served by staying and ministering to those fleeing ahead of ISIS.

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Calico Spanish {review}

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Foreign language instruction can be intimidating. I say this with full homeschool street cred; my husband is the one who has taken on the task of helping our first three students fulfill that credit. His French skills have been transferred to– and expanded upon– by another generation. I’ve watched as Christopher has worked to lead our teens through the exercises necessary to help them grasp a new vocabulary and grammar, and I admit that I’ve been glad it’s him and not me handling that particular course. It’s a lot of work, from what I can tell.

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Plastic-free play

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Birdie was about 18 months old when we figured out that the thing that was causing her odd, angry rashes was, of all things, plastics. I remember my confusion in those early days, and I see it now as friends and family struggle to accommodate the general, accepted vision of childhood while still keeping our girl safe.

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Forty-one

I turned 41 yesterday. Forty-one.

The peculiar thing about time, it turns out, is that we are often completely unaware of its tide as it washes over us. I feel roughly the same at 41 as I did at 27, although I bear very little resemblance to that version of myself physically, mentally, or spiritually. Yet I can’t deny that weeks and months and years are slipping through my fingers. That girl on the other side of the world who calls me Mum? She was 9 when I first heard her name. The Tom’s knock-offs I call “my new black ones”? Two years old. That winter it snowed so much our six foot fence was nearly swallowed in a drift? Nearly a decade ago.

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I’m not the mother I wanted to be

Once upon a time, a mother pushed her happy, giggling five month-old baby onto an elevator in a new-to-her stroller. The baby was kind of adorable, and–as I’ve already said–giggling like mad, so it was no surprise at all that he drew the attention of the smiling woman in medical scrubs who had been doing the job of pressing the buttons on the control panel.

“He’s so cute! Your first boy?” asked the woman.

“No,” answered the mother. “My sixth, actually.”

“Six boys? For real? I couldn’t do that. No way.”

“God knew how much I like raising boys,” the mother replied, happy that for once she had a decent answer real time, rather than in the moments when she mulled over the conversation post-mortem as she was falling asleep, “so He gave me a heaping helping.”

You think that’s it, don’t you? You’re saying to yourself–“This is a post about how people are always bashing on little boys.” Well, it could be. But it isn’t.

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Olinmade {review + giveaway}

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What if I told you that I have– after seven years of nearly non-stop cloth diapering– finally found the perfect nighttime fitted? What if I said I had found a diaper that absorbs more than seems possible, holds like a champ, and fits flawlessly? Now what if I told you that the very same diaper cost just $22?

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Current events, homeschooling, and filtering the world through faith {Christian Magazine for Teens}

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As you may have guessed, we discuss the world here. The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful… we talk about it. Just as governments issue passports to allow you to immerse yourself physically in the happenings of other places, we believe that keeping up with news from beyond your backyard allows for a similar broadening of the mind. Continue reading