Biblical Vs. Secular Femininity

What makes a man masculine and a woman feminine? Are you born with a gender or do you choose it? How should men and women interact with each other in relationships? It seems that everyone with a voice has an opinion on these topics, so how are we to determine what is right?

On the one side, we live in a culture that provides much of this framework for us – we are born into a worldview. On the other side, we have scriptural teachings that almost always conflict with that worldview. I want to take some time to reflect on how the world views womanhood while establishing a biblical framework that we can trust and abide by. Continue reading

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Believe it or not, I really love salads. I have an undeniable sweet tooth, so you’ve seen many dessert recipes from me since we launched ‘The Helpmates’. I think it’s time for a salad! photo 20140128-110604_zpsf7629ded.jpg

This cranberry pecan chicken salad is probably the most common one on our dinner table. I do many variations of it based off what I happen to have on hand, but I’ve arranged a good combination of flavors in the recipe for you. Continue reading


That’s right, I’m yet another year older. I don’t really feel any different, maybe because enough changes have been going on with the big move that a birthday doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore. But I still had a fun time celebrating! Here’s the rundown of the big day:

Sleeping in late, since it was a Saturday (definitely a birthday blessing). And then a little crafting – I extended my curtains to make them long enough, but you’ll see more of that soon!


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Incredibly Moist Banana Nut Bread

Has anyone in their life ever actually sat down and thought to themselves “I’m going to buy some bananas and make banana bread“? Because it never works that way for me. We only ever end up with banana bread when I’ve forgotten about the bananas sitting on top of the fridge for so long that their last hope for being used is in bread. I’ve never consciously planned to make banana bread.

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