Good for the Body, Good for the Soul

By Phillip Garside

Children’s first relationship with food is pleasure and displeasure. Then they learn another distinction, “good for you” and “bad for you.”

Their curiosity leads them to the painful truth that pleasurable food is not always healthy. In fact, it is far more often unhealthy, and vice versa. Parents use this dietary lesson as a moral lesson, “sometimes doing the most pleasurable thing is not the most healthy thing.” Read More

True Perfection

By Megan Lacourrege

Megan Lacourrege

If you were to think of the ideal or perfect person, what comes to mind? Is it someone who is tremendously beautiful or is really smart? Is it someone who has a magnetic personality who captivates a room with their charisma? Is it someone who has wealth and the things they desire?

For me, for the longest time, I thought that being a perfect person meant trying to meet the standards of other people so that they always thought good things of me. I wanted to be well-liked. But this can become problematic quickly. What if fulfilling another person’s standard means sinning? Read More

Now is the time to embrace God

By Gavin Lewis

As my wife and I prepare our kids for summer break, typically, we take time to discuss the success and difficulties of the school year that has ended.

We talk about the goals that we had set and met or did not meet and what helped us to achieve or what prevented us from achieving them. We talk about plans for the summer and the expectations for the next school year. Read More

Sisterly Love

By Kristy Solis


Our family was blessed with daughters – a set of sisters.  It is a joy to observe these sisters as they flourish in their sisterly bond. Their relationship, just like their faith, is one of love and devotion.

The sisters even sing a song which they adapted to their connection: “You can count on me like one, two, three, and I’ll be there; I can count on you like four, three, two, and you’ll be there because that’s what sisters are for. “ Read More

Good Ole Summertime

By Sarah McDonald

We’ve all just finished what felt like the 90 days of May, finding ourselves in what is supposed to be the lazy days of summer. But, are they really?

Between two-full time jobs, summer camps (soon to be in three different locations) and all the summer activities, I have found myself wondering if summer really is a break. My answer – one foot in front of the other – and, if I fall, I will pick myself up again (cue Princess Poppy from the movie “Trolls”). Read More

When Our Kids Hurt

By Kim Roberts

What started out as a regular Wednesday, quickly turned into a day that I will never forget.

My youngest daughter eagerly ran out to her regular tumbling lesson as I yelled behind her asking what she wanted for dinner. I had just started to pull chicken from the refrigerator when my phone rang, and her instructor’s name flashed across my screen and my heart sank – I knew that it was bad news.

This was the call every cheer mom dreads. Read More

One More Evaluation

By Ty Salvant

What are your summer plans? Do they include camp, visits to grandparents, vacations or just downtime?

Regardless of what you do this summer, how you spend time is vital.

Parenting with intention can be more challenging now because we all want a break. While the summer is a great time to unwind and decompress, it is also a time to assess, evaluate and plan for your next life phase. Read More

The Battle Between Martha and Mary

By Michelle Macicek

Wowzer! The last few weeks have been quite a marathon!! From the normal end of the school year festivities with six kids: closing programs, class parties, exams, etc. We have also had two graduations (with lots of events preparing and celebrating those milestones) and a Sweet 16! Read More

Summer Reading

By Charla Misse

As we enter into our summer break, we begin to see book ideas for “beach reads” and summer reading programs.

At this time of year, I start stacking up books that might captivate a family member: entertaining, thought-provoking, inspirational, educational. I try to have a variety of books within reach. Read More