Lessons from a Burning Van

Last Saturday, we planned to take the kids on a special family day up in Blowing Rock. It turned into an unforgettable day, but not in any way I’d expected. Near the top of the mountain road, the transmission seal broke on the van and when it started smoking, my husband (Brian) pulled off the […]

How to Prevent Trafficking Locally and In Our Own Homes

Trafficking isn’t just happening “over there” in third-world countries, and it isn’t just abductions of kids in bad settings. In fact, abductions only account for 11% of sex trafficking cases. A large majority, over 50% happened because the trafficker lured the victim with the promise of something they wanted or needed (a job, place to […]

Why My Kids Never Believed in Santa (+ 3 Reasons They’re Not Deprived Because of It)

If you’ve ever wondered (or wanted to express) about those people who “deprive” their kids of the fun of Santa Claus, I’d like to explain why my kids never believed in Santa, and why they aren’t deprived because of it. 1. Santa takes up space that belongs to Jesus. “He knows when you are sleeping. He […]

Teaching Our Daughters Worth and Value, a New Book by Amy Sulliven

I got to read a kids’ book recently that impressed me so much, I bought a copy for my daughter and asked the author about sharing about the book with you. This book is not only about one of my favorite missionary heroes, but gives the message of worth and value to young girls, which […]

Josh Duggar and a Mommy’s Fear Part 2 – How to Broach the Topic of Sexual Abuse with Your Children

It is a terrifying statistic that 90% of childhood sexual abuse cases happen with someone the child knows.* Numbers like that, and stories like Josh Duggar molesting young girls, wipe away any security we might have had in assuming that we could protect our children as long as we keep them away from scary looking […]

Josh Duggar and a Mommy’s Fear – Are There Secret Predators In Our Churches?

If today’s latest about Josh Duggar has you scared, you’re not alone. (Josh Duggar gave a statement today about viewing pornography for years and having affairs while presenting himself as a moral, godly family man. This has come just weeks after his admittance to molesting young girls as a teen, including his sisters.) How are […]

Training to Prevent Childhood Sexual Abuse – Are We Overreacting?

When I first had kids, if someone told me I should talk with my children at an early age about good touch/bad touch, private parts, and rules about what to do if an adult crossed the boundaries into inappropriate behavior, I’d have probably shrunk away and thought that was over-the-top paranoid. I would protect and […]

If the Duggar Sisters had only known…

I’m not here to talk about Josh Duggar – what he did or my opinion on how people should respond. This post is for the sisters, for all the children who will face a similar situation with someone they trust, and all of us adults who are scared sick something like this will happen to […]

Disney Princesses and Exploitation – In Conclusion

Today is the conclusion of the Princess series in regard to whether some of the favorite Disney movies help or hurt the ongoing fight against human exploitation. Movie Title: Beauty and the Beast Does this movie inspire girls to be stronger or more vulnerable? Vulnerable The story in a nutshell: Girl’s father gets taken as a captive Girl […]

Disney Princesses and Exploitation – Mulan and Pocahontas

This week I want to go over some of the favorite Disney princess movies and take a look at the messages in them in regard to whether they help or hurt the ongoing fight against human exploitation. Movie Title: Mulan Does this movie inspire girls to be stronger or more vulnerable? Both The story in a nutshell: […]

Disney Princesses and Exploitation – Rapunzel

This week I want to go over some of the favorite Disney princess movies and take a look at the messages in them in regard to whether they help or hurt the ongoing fight against human exploitation. Movie Title: Tangled Does this movie inspire girls to be stronger or more vulnerable? Strong The story in a nutshell: Girl is […]

Disney Princesses and Exploitation – Jasmine

This week I want to go over some of the favorite Disney princess movies and take a look at the messages in them in regard to whether they help or hurt the ongoing fight against human exploitation.   Movie Title: Aladdin Does this movie inspire girls to be stronger or more vulnerable? Vulnerable The story in a […]

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