Confessions of an imperfect homemaker (and how I survived my darker days)

I vividly remember this one lovingly-but-terribly prepared stir-fry that I served to dear friends just months after having my first baby and becoming a full time homemaker. The beef was so tough and badly cooked, you had to chew, chew, chew, and take a huge gulp of water to try to get it to go down. How they got through that awful meal so graciously, I just don’t know. Then there was the time about a year and a half later when my husband was […]

Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles, Part 2

In the first part of this panel discussion, we focused on what led to a situation of burnout and fatigue, how the panelists recognized it, their signs and symptoms and more. This time, I wanted to focus on the hopefulness that exists, even when we find that we’ve come to the end of our rope. Winter does not last forever. Spring is coming. I chose this tulip image because it well describes that simple but strong hope that I have in my own personal season […]

Preparing My Heart for Christmas

It’s been a hard year. As I begin to look back and reflect upon 2010, and anticipate celebrating Christmas this year, my heart is a bit heavy. It feels as though this year has been one of loss, struggle and discouragement. We’ve lost family and friends to cancer, and heard of more diagnoses just recently. Walked through financial difficulty, legal issues and infertility with close friends. Saw the end of a loved one’s marriage. Faced continued health challenges for my husband, and our two youngest […]

Cutting Down on Sugar: Why Do We Eat It So Much?

I find it highly ironic that as I sit here writing this post, I am slurping (and I do mean slurping) up the last precious drops of my favorite homemade mocha frappuchino drink. Sugar just tastes good. Really good. I love it as much as the next woman. Unfortunately for my sugar habit, I’ve been studying health and nutrition for too long to continue to gorge on sugar in sublime ignorance. I know all of sugar’s nasty little secrets, and so although we’ve been good […]

When Good Nutrition Doesn’t Seem to Help

By Anne Elliot, Contributing Writer I’ve been trying to feed my family with healthy, nutritious food for about thirteen years now. Before that, I ate just about anything, but one day I began reading books that changed the way I thought. I started to care about nutrition because I cared about my family. Over the next few years, God led me to some nutrition “greats,” such as Sally Fallon (Nourishing Traditions), Weston Price (Nutrition and Physical Degeneration), Henry Bieler (Food Is Your Best Medicine), and […]