Farms Fighting Super Weeds?

Ed Note: The following information is offered in the spirit of “food for thought”. I think I’m more concerned about genetically modified seeds than ever.

Perhaps it is time to re-think genetically modified crops. Farm family's, I would like you to share your thoughts.

Last year’s drought took a big bite out of the […]

Celebrate Life Around the Table

The best strategy I know for strengthening families is to bring your family together to share meals around a table and make happy memories. When you celebrate the tradition of eating together as a family you are building family, honoring God, and strengthening the faith of the everyone. […]

New and Natural Ways to Stay Healthy during the Flu Season

Avoid having a sick child

If you listen to the news media you would think this year’s flu epidemic is so severe that if you haven’t already had a flu shot you better do so soon.

I did a little scouting around and discovered:

This is the “worst flu epidemic since 2009” (four years […]

Strengthen My Faith, O Lord

What circumstances are you facing today that requires you to stand strong in faith?

Ed Note: I have to drive over three snowy mountain passes tomorrow to get Mary back to UNC in Greeley, CO. With the storm that came in this morning I’m a […]

Homemade Snickers Bars

Homemade Snickers Bars

First – Make Bottom and Top Layers

1 – 10 oz pkg milk chocolate chips (or dark if preferred)

1/2- 10 oz pkg butterscotch chips

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Lightly grease a 9 X 13 X 2 pan. Melt together all ingredients and spread 1/2 of mixture onto bottom of […]

Easy Barley and Lentil Stew

This is an easy, economical and delicious dish for cold weather.

What do you serve after the holidays that is low on expense and high on taste?

After the holidays I needed a simple, tasty, economical dish. This Easy Barley and Lentil Stew goes together easily. Here is the recipe:

8 Cups beef […]

Did you Teach Your Sons these Twenty Principles?

I found this list of twenty things to teach your sons from a good friend of mine, mother of six including three boys. Do you have anything to add?


1. Play a sport. It will teach you how to win honorably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with […]

Commit Your Plans to the Lord in 2013

Grandsons, Job and Peter on Christmas Eve

“Commit to the Lord whatever […]

Twelve Days of Christmas Teach Fundamentals

The 12 Days of Christmas A Guide to an Old Tradition with a New Purpose begins December 26 and focuses on the basics of the faith.

At one time, the 12 Days of Christmas was developed when the church was being persecuted and parents needed a “back-door/under cover way” to teach the basics of […]

Five Minutes to Whole Grain Artisan Bread

Ed Note: I promised a whole grain version of my five minutes to Artisan Bread Recipe some time ago. It’s so simple the holidays may be a good time to try it. Serve with a hot, steaming, fragrant pot of soup!

I couldn’t believe my first attempt at Artisan Bread came out so […]

Symbols of The True Meaning of Christmas

May the true meaning of Christmas light your holidays with joy!

The Christmasy wreath portrayed on this Leanin Tree Christmas card portrays many symbols of The True Meaning of Christmas.

Mistletoe: Peace

Rose: God’s Divine Love

Evergreen: Triumph over Adversity

Light: […]

Homespun Hope – A Christmas Tea and recipe

Today was our “Homespun Hope” Christmas Tea at Paonia Friends Church. We had many delicious yummies including chicken cranberry salad, cucumber sandwiches, biscotti, cake balls, and cheddar crisps with sun-dried tomatoes. The tables, trays, and overall decorations were amazing. Here are some pictures showing off the talents of the ladies […]

Praying to Overcome an Angry Heart

Ed note: The following posting was written by my daughter, Laura, mom of my two grandsons. I admire her willingness to be vulnerable and admit it isn’t so easy being a mom of young children and allow God to work in her heart. Be encouraged! Please share your victories and insights in the comments below.


Trust and Obey

Grandson Peter at 3 weeks of age

A familiar song came into my mind this morning as I meditated on the goodness and faithfulness of God to me yesterday.

Here are the familiar words:

“When we walk with the Lord, and abide in His word, what a glory he sheds on our […]

Raising Sons

My late husband Duane, oldest of five brothers, often remarked to me, “The tragedy of your life is that you had no brothers.” My response, as oldest of three sisters, was “The tragedy of your life is that you had no sisters!”

As parents of two girls and one boy, we each brought different strengths […]