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Our Everest

Our Everest

It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves. - Sir Edmund Hillary On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first mountaineers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), the highest peak on earth. This was an accomplishment that many...

Building a Family that Serves Together

Building a Family that Serves Together

Reflections by Nathan and Maruko Breland We can’t help but feel that God designed the family to serve the world together. When a family serves together with God as their center, with each family member adding unique value, they become an unstoppable force of goodness....

Do You Believe in “True Love”?

Do You Believe in “True Love”?

By K.A. It’s particularly in February - right around Valentine’s Day - that people are reminded, once again, of the phrase “true love”. For many people, true love is something mentioned only in fairy tales or in the movies. They might convince themselves that...

Dealing with Death and Grief

Dealing with Death and Grief

By Michael Yakawich As we journey through life, our paths are crossed, created, and joined with that of others—people who raise us, inspire us, and help us discover who we are along the way. It is also natural that we experience the loss of these treasured people in...

The Family – The Impetus of Peace

The Family – The Impetus of Peace

By Alan J. Inman As we consider our purpose both as an organization and on an individual family level, we need to do so in the context of where both sit in relation to our world today. Our charge, as taken from the Family Pledge, is to “fulfill the dutiful family way...

Going Beyond Mindfulness

Going Beyond Mindfulness

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." (William Arthur Ward) I’ve caught myself doing it often: I’ll start in on my housework and find myself turning to a podcast or two...

What About Socialization?: True Education Begins at Home

What About Socialization?: True Education Begins at Home

Kate raised and homeschooled her three children and, over the years, a myriad of neighborhood and community kids throughout multiple local programs, projects and initiatives. A journalist and now filmmaker of the newly released Dancing Joy (now available for rental on...

People We Don’t Like

People We Don’t Like

"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better." —Abraham Lincoln   Missing the village  As families have become smaller and the circle of the family has become less inclusive, relationships in the community, society and the nation have also changed. In...

Life Stages: Growing from an Individual to a Family

Life Stages: Growing from an Individual to a Family

Taking a family outing compared to a trip by yourself might be comparable to the difference between spiritual growth as an individual and as a family. A trip where you’re responsible for only yourself is easier to prepare and plan for, just as focusing on your own...

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