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Sisters Share in Joys and Challenges of Parenting

Trips to see our families this summer were made sweeter with announcements from Steve’s brother and sister-in-law and Candice’s sister and brother-in-law that new babies would be arriving next year. Every time this happens, and it’s been happening a lot lately, we’re reminded of the joys babies bring to extended families. Here to tell us […]

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Without God, We’re Done For

It’s one thing for us to talk about cutting excess from our schedules so we have more time with our kids. Trade out TV for reading time. Spend less time online in exchange for time at the park. You know, the usual time wasters. But when Newsboy-rock-and-roller Phil Joel, and his TV-personality-wife Heather, say it, […]

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Path to Family Turns into Path to Faith

“[I]t is the desire to give not only life but a good way of life to our children that opens us toward a serious concern for the true, the good, and even the holy,” write Leon and Amy Kass in the introduction to their book Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar. “Parental love of children […]

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Surrendering to God’s Design

If you’ve ever had the chance to meet your favorite author in person, you likely know the sinking feeling of dashed expectations. It’s just so easy to build an image of someone from their words that’s totally different from who they really are. Not so with Gary Thomas. He’s the real deal. We met him […]

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Family Making, BooMama Style

Steve always knows when I’m reading BooMama’s blog because I laugh out loud, right before I say, “you have to read this!” Now you can laugh along with her and grab your husband (or wife) and say, “honey, you’ve got to read this interview!” She is hysterical, and wise, and well, let’s get on with […]

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Becoming Parents of a Special Needs Child

We discovered a valuable book last month while we were in Little Rock recording broadcasts with FamilyLife. After hearing us record a show about starting a family, Dan Donovan of FamilyLife Publishing encouraged us to consider how we could help couples who might start their families only to discover that their child has special needs. […]

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Rob Rienow on Family: Let the Feature Begin

A couple of years ago we had the privilege of meeting Rob Rienow at the Association of Marriage and Family Ministries conference in Arizona. We enjoyed hearing about Rob’s church in Wheaton, Illinois and how countercultural his family ministry model was. As we’ve stayed in touch since then we’ve come to appreciate how Rob’s approach […]

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From Infertility, to the NICU, to Home: Kelly Stamps on Motherhood

The road to motherhood isn’t simply paved with Pottery Barn bedding and Gymboree outfits. For many moms, infertility struggles leave them weary and longing. Others conceive easily, only to discover serious health concerns with their babies. Kelly Stamps experienced both. In the following interview she talks about what it was like and how the hardships […]

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Twitterview with John Fuller About Starting His Family

Today, we’re interviewing John Fuller @FullerJohn ( about starting a family. John is VP of Focus on the Family’s Audio and New Media division. He and his wife Dena have been married 25 years and have 6 children. FamilyFormation We’ve always appreciated your experimentation with new media. Thanks for being up for a twitterview. FullerJohn […]

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Tim Challies’ Path to Family

We’ve had the privilege of getting to know Tim Challies through his blog,, and most recently, through his interview with The Boundless Show podcast. Now we’re glad for the opportunity to get to hear from him and his wife, Aileen. What emotional or practical hurdles (if any) did you or your spouse have to overcome […]

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