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The Story of Laurie, Chapter Two

Monday, February 1st, 2021

Dear Readers, Here is the second chapter of brief sketches remembering my wife. Harvey Chapter Two: The Beginning Early Data Laurie was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Her parents were Earl and Tamzon Melos. Her younger siblings were Ronna, David, and Ann. She grew up in Ankeny, Iowa, and graduated from high school in 1970. […]

The Story of Laurie, Chapter One

Friday, January 29th, 2021

Dear Readers, Six months ago my wife Laurie passed from this life into glory, is now made perfect, and is ranked higher than an angel. Good for her. Not so easy for me. Laurie had handled all of the internet stuff — blogs, emails, etc. Now it’s my job. I’m slowly finding the pieces and […]

Practice Maintaining the Face of an Angel

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Stephen Accused of Blasphemy — 8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the […]

John G. Paton — departure for Glasgow to begin his missionary internship

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Taken from John G. Paton: The Autobiography of the Pioneer Missionary to the New Hebrides, an autobiography edited by James Paton. This passage describes John’s departure for Glasgow to begin his missionary internship. My dear father walked with me the first six miles of the way. His counsels and tears and heavenly conversation on the […]

Big Little Man — It’s never too early to begin teaching children things

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Big Little Man by Amanda Haumesser Wallace It’s never too early to begin teaching children things, regardless their age. Even before the little ones are walking, Doug and I are including them in our everyday activities — not ALL the time because we’d lose our sanity from the often endless questions and statements, but we […]

My child is gifted

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

I’m just now preparing to begin homeschooling my oldest child, who turned five in January. I’m intending to follow a classical model. I’ve just recently found your website and I’ve read your articles on early formal education. My daughter is, in your terms, a precocious little tyke, who taught herself to read at age 3-1/2. […]

Best book on counseling

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Your Family, God’s Way: Developing and Sustaining Relationships in the Home What makes a good family? Good theology, regular family worship, separation from the world, modest dressing, listening to good music, going to a Biblical church, homeschooling? All of these things may be good, but none of them, by themselves, are what make a good […]

Very Shy 16-Year-Old Daughter — How Would You Answer This

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres We have a 16-year-old daughter who is very shy around people she does not know very well, even if she’s been around them occasionally. She seems content to just keep to herself in group situations, and does not desire to participate in any activity with anyone she is not VERY familiar […]

Suggestions on how to treat your adult children

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Suggestions on how to treat your adult children: 1. The majority of the time that you are talking with your adult child, you should be doing the listening, not the talking. Real and attentive listening. Respectful listening — not appearing to be listening or thinking about what you need to be doing next or what […]

These are the toys they keep coming back to

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. After five kids and five grands, these are the toys they keep coming back to. 1. Cash Register 2. Xylophone 3. Play-Doh 4. Pick-Up Sticks 5. Weaving Loom 6. Toy Doll House Furniture 7. Hot Wheels 8. Pop Gun 9. Small […]


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