Just a Vase of Flowers:  Looking Through the Window at Family Life

Just a Vase of Flowers: Looking Through the Window at Family Life

You might know her. She lives in a world of chaos and disorder. Drama and domestic violence are her everyday surroundings. She shares a sparsely-furnished low-income apartment with various people who come and go. She’s never known anything different because she was born into this world of neglect and poverty, with distorted relationships and TV…

End of a Dynasty

End of a Dynasty

End of a Dynasty by Charlotte Siems At 105 degrees, it was so searingly hot they had to take a water bottle for a break in the shade halfway through.  When it was minus 14 degrees, the biting cold and sharp wind took their breath away.   Through pouring rain and blinding blizzards, they trudged through…

How (and Why) to Keep Track of Your Family’s Favorites

How (and Why) to Keep Track of Your Family’s Favorites

Gift-giving occasions come around pretty often at our house, with twelve children and their families. Birthdays and holidays are a chance to show love and appreciation to the recipient, but gifts from garage sales and thrift stores are fair game. [break][/break]Quantity counts for birthdays, and the younger children especially like to give small gifts like candy. Used…