“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I’ll say, rejoice!” I grew up regularly singing that chorus at a little Baptist church in Richfield, Minnesota. Sometimes, when we were feeling fancy, the congregation even broke into two sections and sang it as a round. So when I hear anyone recite this audacious verse from Philippians… Read More Think on These Things
“The Holiness Project” continues here at This Odd House—with both successes and “opportunities for continued growth” to report thus far. How are you doing? I must admit that, once Peter abandoned the Whole30 mid-month, my motivation waned. I didn’t jump ship completely, but I did bring cream unabashedly back to my coffee, and one day… Read More For February
A few months ago I had the following email from Valerie: I wanted to mention the couple of blog entries about your family’s experience with Whole30. That information was tucked away in the recesses of my mind; and then I read another blog (a young woman trying to lose weight—no one I know personally), and… Read More Is Whole30 Right for You?
Tomorrow I’ll share how we are doing on our Whole30 this time around and what we’re learning along the way. But today I’m reblogging this post from August 2015, when we tried our first Whole30–just to remind you (and me) of why we started down this path in the first place.
On Tuesday we dropped everything at 3 p.m. We left Daryl’s math lesson, half-finished, on his desk. We set science to one side. And we took a trip—a pilgrimage, really—to the Spring Hill Mall. There’s nothing special about this particular shopping establishment—except for the fact that we were there when I received one of… Read More For the Ones Who Wait
Guest post by Peter Worrall Last Thursday, my husband Peter gave this brief address on the campus of Moody Bible Institute. It was a part of a program, honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. As a foreigner, I am a latecomer to the appreciation for Martin Luther King, who is celebrated on this third… Read More In Honour of MLK
Tuesday was tough. It was my first day back as “homeschooling teacher-mom” after Daryl and Amelia had almost an entire month off. (Not recommended!) Supplies were out of order. Books had gone missing. The kids had forgotten how to behave. I had forgotten how to behave. And to top it all off, I caved and… Read More Get Back on the Bike!
I must admit. Last week was intense. It was simultaneously a little taste of heaven. Peter and I were still off of work. We gave our homeschooling kids one more week of Christmas break. (Why not?) And my writing deadline was fast approaching. Book manuscript due: January 15. So Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday—every day… Read More In Defense of Pork Chops & Prayer
What is your chief goal in life? Do you know? Every human being wrestles with this key question, I think. Sometimes very intentionally. Sometimes subconsciously. Sometimes the same basic quest for meaning surfaces in different forms. Sometimes it has us asking more obvious and pressing questions like this: Is college necessary? What should I major… Read More What Is Point of Life Anyhow?
It is relevant to here reveal two of my personal traits that I have heretofore kept hidden from you. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say: two traits that I have heretofore refrained from announcing publicly. You’ve probably picked up on them if you know me at all and you’ve been paying any… Read More The Holiness Project