Choosing the Easy Way

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red […]

I need a break from life.

My life isn’t terrible. In fact things are going really well. But I feel that I need a break from life. I’m tired of parenting my own kids and others. I’m tired of going to bed late and getting up early. The laundry and dishes. The diapers and naptimes. Scheduling and billing take so much […]

Season of life – change like the wind

In another season of life, I kept a blog for years and years that recorded our homeschooling adventures. I gave family members (and friends) a peek into our life though they lived far away. That blog morphed into a business venture that never truly got off the ground with any efficiency. As life continued to […]

Our Favorite Recipes – Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sweet and Sour Sauce Joanne Barkman 1 cup ketchup 1 cup brown sugar salt to taste 3/8 cup vinegar 3 Tbsp cornstarch 1 1/2 cup water Mix ingredients and heat until it starts to thicken. Pour over fried or baked meatballs. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. (I add the meatballs to the pot of sauce. I […]

Please Don’t Join My MLM – at least not for this reason!

I will never require someone to join my team to help me. In fact, please don’t join my MLM… (An MLM is a multi-level marketing organization…many home based businesses are MLMs. Some examples would include Scentsy, Party Lite, Amway, Norwex, Young Living, Doterra, and various other jewelry and clothing companies.) We’ve all done it. The […]

How to REALLY start a Citizens On Patrol Organization

This is the letter I nearly sent to an official early on in the process of starting this society. You can probably hear and feel the frustration. It was at this point in the process that I was about to give up, walk away, and never mention C.O.P. again! Dear xxxxxxxxx, I am highly frustrated; please […]

Perspective – How do you view the world?

What’s your perspective? How do you view the world? When you enter each day, what are your expectations? Are you going out into the world, viewing each interaction as an opportunity to show Yahweh’s love? Or are you entering each conversation with an attitude of something you have to do to get through the day? […]

Growth in Marriage

In marriage, we must always leave room for growth. We come to marriage with our own baggage, thoughts, routines, and processes. We come with pre-conceived expectations of the roles we each will fulfill. Too often we come with the intention of changing the other person, rather than simply loving that person and allowing them to […]

Being His Helpmeet – Living With Dyslexia

I don’t think many people today realize the pain of living with dyslexia every single day as they live in our society.  Our society is based largely on reading and writing – simple tasks for most people.  A dyslexic struggles with every written word. One person described his struggle to read as, “asking the one-legged man […]

Deciding Family Size – When are you done?

How do you decide on your family size? How do you know you are done having babies? Who decides? Then, once decided, what changes take place? What if you want to change your decision? Doesn’t that open a whole new can of worms? I think our friends and families have come to expect that we are […]