For the Family’s Sake: Ch 11

Madame André Wormser and her Children by Edouard Vuillard (1927) Oops! I thought I’d already posted my thoughts on this chapter: ‘Choose Wisely and Leave Time for the Daily Rhythms.’  Well, my daily rhythms have certainly been out of kilter this week. A combination of a painful tooth and an ear problem has messed me … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 11

For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 9

When the Children Have Gone to Bed by Carl Larsson, c. 1895 Of Beds, Balance, and Books There are some good ideas for family routines in this chapter especially regarding bedtimes, reading aloud, and relationships within the home that have worked for many families. I agree with the author that its’s very important to find … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 9

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 8

The Infrastructure of Routine The main thrust of this chapter is that the home life of anyone, whether they have children or not, needs a regular pattern of life. I read the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder aloud to my children when they were little and remember that Ma did specific things on … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 8

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 6

‘Taking Time and Care to Create the Home’s Atmosphere.’ This chapter starts off with the wisdom of the biblical directive found in the Old Testament which says that a young husband could not be drafted into the army in the first year of his marriage. The establishment of the home and the newlyweds relationship with … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 6

For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 5, The Home’s Weight-Bearing Beams

When I was reading this chapter I thought about some issues we’ve had in the building industry here in recent years. The availability of housing hadn’t kept pace with the growth of the population and this led to an upsurge in the building of residential high rise apartments. Unfortunately, many of these new apartments have … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 5, The Home’s Weight-Bearing Beams

For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 4

Ellis Peters (1913-1995) is a nom de plume used by Edith Pargeter, an English author who wrote prolifically but is probably best known for her murder/mystery Brother Cadfael series. The title of this chapter is taken from her book, Ellis Peter’s Shropshire. Ellis Peters held a Christian worldview. She never married and travelled extensively, but … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 4

For the Family’s Sake – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 of For the Family’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay explores our need for balance in our lives, that is, freedom within boundaries.An abundant life is necessary for healthy personal growth, an idea I imagine we’d all agree with if we really thought about it, but the path of life has two sides and … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake – Chapter 3

For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 2

Home - the Best Growing Ground for Children Last week, two of our state governments announced, that under a new plan four and five-year-old children will have an extra year of education. The classes will be five days per week and will be free."It will mean that, in the next 10 years, every child in … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 2