Homework problems

2016-07-14T17:30:20+00:00 May 17th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Parenting|Tags: , |

Some women dread the summer months and the unavoidable protests of boredom. No such thing at the Lofaro home. We (the children and I) stay up late and sleep in late and watch cartoons and dress by noon. It’s “every man for himself” at breakfast and lunch. We read new books and rent old movies [...]

Life is beautiful

2016-07-14T00:31:38+00:00 May 15th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, God's Love, Parenting, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

I love my children. I think they’re wonderful and I’m pretty nuts about them. Please don’t mistake me for a misguided, misinformed, mushy mom. I am quite aware of their sin natures, I dislike some of their personality traits (some are too close for comfort), and I discipline them when it’s necessary. I have never [...]

Goodbye (for now)

2016-07-14T18:10:08+00:00 May 8th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Depression, Devotionals, Grief, Suffering|Tags: , , , , , , |

It ended as most women’s retreats do.  Hugs. Clasped arms and hands. Tears of joy, of hope, of surrender. Renewed faith. Proclamations. Newly made promises to self, family, and God. Resolutions. Determination to keep them. A deeper sense of the Lord’s love and mercy. The altar was deep and wide with women bowing, kneeling, sitting—praying, [...]

Be at the gate

2016-07-14T19:28:43+00:00 May 2nd, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Parenting|Tags: , , , |

Rainy days and Mondays don’t always get me down but they sure make me sleepy. Especially when the rainy day is a gloomy, chilly Monday in  late fall. The laundry was folded and put away. The kitchen floor was mopped due to heavy weekend traffic. The guest bedroom sheets were changed. The Bible study that [...]

Ellie Lofaro—Woman of Wit and Wisdom (JOY! magazine cover story)

2017-01-08T14:27:42+00:00 April 21st, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, In the Media|Tags: , |

This cover story, Ellie Lofaro—Woman of Wit and Wisdom,  is from the May 2012 edition of JOY! magazine. You can read the article here.

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