An Attitude of Gratitude

By Sarah McDonald

Just recently, my dishwasher broke. As I unloaded dishes (with heated on food) into my sink to rewash with my 1-year-old crying at my leg, let’s just say, I was not a happy camper.

But, as I washed two nights worth of dinner and breakfast dishes for my family of seven after a full day of work, all while trying to get dinner on the table for said family of seven, I had an interesting experience of catharsis. Read More

Gathering strength for the next generation

By Greg Zambrano

So many families struggle to stay together. Families at this current point in time are at their last straw.

Countless children have their future in uncertainty because of marriages that are falling apart.

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Home Altars 

By Kim Roberts

Being Catholic and of Italian descent, I have seen many home altars throughout the years. Some were gloriously appointed, and some simple and understated.

I have to admit when I first got married, I hadn’t given much thought to setting one up. I had crosses all over the house along with religious artwork and family heirlooms. Read More

Serving Others

By Kristy Solis

It is easy for children to serve others, especially when others are kind and grateful.

My husband and I are both part of the service industry; therefore, we try to role model how to serve others in every aspect of our lives. Read More

Natural Ability

By Charla Spalluto Misse

My second-grader was given the assignment of writing a science report on an animal or plant living in a pond habitat.  After going through an extensive list of possibilities, more time consuming than the report itself, my son chose to report on the minnow. Read More

Peace of Mind

By Stacy Lamorte

About a decade ago, my husband and I were getting ready to go on a cruise together, just the two of us.  Our children were very little, and we had been talking about preparing for “the worst” – who would take care of our children should something happen to both of us at the same time? Read More


By Casey Sprehe

In our family, we have a routine of sorts when a wrong has been done. The wrong doer must say, “I’m sorry. Do you forgive me?”

It’s a pattern my mom taught me as a young girl, and I’ve continued to use it in life.

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The Importance of Our Family

By Gaby Smith

I love my family. Most of my traveling goes toward visiting family members. We are all spread out across various states and countries. My husband and I both have siblings in military families, so there’s a lot of moving around. Read More

Doing Unto Others …

By Gavin Lewis

True story: When I was younger, I was extremely selfish, mainly because I felt like God owed me for the many trials and tribulations that happened within my family.

I was not a sharer nor someone who was willing to help others. I took, and rarely gave.

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The Silent Power That’s Always Available to You

By Courtney Elmer

One of my favorite parts of my day is my early morning walk (or bike ride) with my son AJ. But lately, I’ve been opting to leave my earbuds at home and challenge myself to a solid hour of silence with nothing but my thoughts (and an intermittent giggle from AJ) to keep me company. Read More

The Heavenly Chorus of ‘Mom’

By Sarah McDonald

My baby recently turned 1 year old. It’s hard to believe that my sweet “Happy Face,” as I call her, has reached the milestone. Along with her first birthday came a few other milestones: first steps and the addition of “Mama” to her baby vocabulary. Of course, there were the occasional “Mamama” and “Dadada,” Read More