According to a 2016 LifeWay Research survey of Americans who attend a Protestant church regularly, 32% read the Bible daily and 27% read it a few times per week. 12% read it once a week and 11% a few times a month, while 5% read it just once a month. 12% admit they rarely or never read their Bible. I am part of the majority now, but reading my Bible hasn’t always been a priority in my life. Honestly, I am an underachiever and if it’s not fun, I likely won’t do it. But I am telling you the truth…


2020 will go down in the history books as this century’s 1929. I for one am not the same girl who toasted the new year with a kiss and a cheer. I doubt any of us are the same people we were. Over and over, we’ve popped our heads out of the foxholes only to be shot at again. We’re all looking forward to the election, the cure, the relief check, the finish line.


The Brendtros have a strong stance on wholehearted family life, particularly in marriage. Owing to that, hurting husbands and wives frequently reach out to LOTF in the middle of a crisis. When we wrap wedding presents for our friends, none of us is predicting this heartbreak like some inevitability. We celebrate with you, our friends, and expect that faithfulness will be the hallmark of your new life together.

Marriage in Crisis

But that’s not always the case, is it? So here we are, Wife. My husband is on the phone with another husband, this time yours. He’s talking him through the scariest season…


Sex. Awkward little three letter word. Conversation choker and powerhouse all rolled into one.

Well friends, if you’re going to be a parent you may as well practice letting it roll of your tongue like it’s cake.

With our first kid, we worked up to it. Little tidbits of info here and there, kind of shy and nice. Easy does it. Attaboy.

She finally exploded with all that insatiable curiosity and pent up annoyance with us. “I know the baby comes out of her body, but WHERE AT?”

Oh. Golly. You mean you want to know the real deal? You’re…


Someone last week said to me, “I notice how connected you are as a family. Can you share- how did you get to be so intentional and how you go about building your family life?” This question, directed at me, is a testament to our family’s total one-eighty.

Seven years ago, we owned the perfect house full of all the perfect stuff. We were over the top busy, and our family life was on the back burner. Steve and I were restless and unfulfilled. Our true passion is actually for nurturing our family; why did we then let everything else…


Who are the Brendtros? Yesterday I introduced my family in a parenting group and it went something like this: We’re originally from Kansas City, and then lived in Nashville for 3 sweet years. Last year, we settled by the beach in Pensacola because, well, we wanted to. Our kids are 10 and 14. My husband started his own software development business 10 years ago, and I am a writer. We are accidental lifelong homeschoolers, from when Adrienne was 4. Driving us is the conviction that our family simply isn’t meant to scatter in separate directions just yet. Also, we share…


Michael J. Fox said, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” He’s absolutely right! If we are truly grateful for our family, I believe we will craft it wholeheartedly rather than haphazardly.

That is precisely why I wrote this list when Adrienne and Addison were preschoolers. This embodies our family vision. It has empowered us to stay on course together, operate a more peaceful household, and to reconnect after conflict.

I know from personal experience that when a family adopts a thoughtful code of conduct, the kids are more secure. I remember vividly the day as a tween when…


Our son Addison is a brilliant boy. He’s 10 now and well on his way to becoming a rocket scientist. It’s astounding to observe him in his science lab class. That is the field, so to speak, where he shines the most. When I teach his math lessons (homeschool), he absorbs new concepts as if by osmosis. Before I can even finish my spiel, he takes pencil to paper. And did I mention how handsome he is? Long lashes and tan, muscular torso. Boy howdy!

This is what we are dealing with though, and dealing hard. Addison struggles to focus…


It’s Christmas and our teen daughter is finally going to get a cell phone. She isn’t aware of this. She hasn’t been begging for one. Adrienne is the most non-materialistic kids I have ever known. Between her camera, her hamster and her American Girl studio, she is one happy camper. However, she joined a plethora of social groups since we moved to Florida this summer. We find ourselves dropping her off more frequently, with no great way to stay in contact. …

Life of the Family

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