Announcing the Unabridged Audiobook of Buying a House Debt-Free

It’s here. The Unabridged Audiobook of Buying a House Debt-Free.

Few families can afford to give their children homes as wedding gifts, but you CAN give them what’s next best—motivation and direction toward a debt-free home before marriage. All five of our sons have purchased homes debt-free and yours can too. 

I think every family should read this book, and I encourage you to catch the vision for your sons.” Jim Bob Duggar

With the book now in audio format, even busy dads will benefit. 

Owning a home debt-free before marriage is much more attainable then after marriage with increasing financial obligations. That is why being debt-free is only a dream for many families. We plead with you, even if you can’t personally attain a debt-free home, you can give the gift of that vision to your children. “Read” Buying a House Debt-Free it in the car while you are driving and make windshield time beneficial. 

Dad loved recording this book. It’s like Preparing Sons Part 2, 3, and 4. There is also solid information about college, managing finances, and gaining practical skills. Dads, if you are too busy, ask your wife to get it and listen to it. Whether your children are young or late teens, your children will bless you for investing in them.

We’re offering a special price through July 31st of $9.99 for the Unabridged Audiobook.

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:
for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
Romans 13:8

Steve’s Health Update

On March 6th, Steve had a heart catheterization that resulted in two stents in coronary arteries, one with 99% and another with 90% blockage and the knowledge that another artery is 76% blocked. Since then he has made tremendous health progress.

After we shared about Steve’s heart event via Titus2, we were blessed through the blog comments and Seriously responses with the names of several doctors’ resources to study regarding the possibility of reversing heart disease. We read a lot of their resources and implemented some massive—to us—dietary changes.

As a result, Steve has lost 24 pounds so far. His blood pressure, that was high but unmedicated, is now normal. His overall cholesterol has dropped 91 points, and LDL cholesterol went down 66 points, without being on a statin drug.

Steve feels great and looks great too! More to come on exactly what changes we made and other important things we learned.

Trusting Jesus,

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple
of the Holy Ghost
which is in you, which ye have
of God, and ye are not your own?”
1 Corinthians 6:19

The Road to Recovery

We brought Ellie home Thursday evening, and she was so glad to be back. It goes without saying I was too. Some of her favorite little people came over to visit and love on her.

Friday evening, Ellie became very lethargic and wouldn’t drink anything. We took her into the vet first thing this morning. I was sure she’d have to be on IVs again. About the time we put her in the car, she began to perk up. When we got there (an hour drive), Ellie really had perked up. We ran a complete blood panel, and her white blood cell count had halved from Wednesday’s number. That was good. Her electrolytes and kidneys looked good too. The vet checked her incision, and that too is headed in the right direction. We brought her home, and she’s happy to be napping (hey, me too: it was a long night). I’m grateful we had her checked before the weekend, and that she is on the road to recovery!


Even Arnold was concerned about her and stayed close to her when she was not doing well.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6

Ellie Update

Thank you all so much for praying. I’m very grateful for your sweet love and support. The surgery went well without complications, and Ellie’s recovering well. We’re heading out to pick her up. Yay!


“Thou art my hiding place and my shield:
I hope in thy word.”
Psalm 119:114

When Dreams Fall Apart

Thursday morning update: Thank you all so very much for your love and concern. Vet sat with her last night before going home, and she was calm. Ellie’s surgery will happen about 9am Central.

I’m going to be really raw with you all tonight and share what’s going on. There’s not always a good way to share hurts and disappointments, because sometimes they involve other people.

Ellie, my English Cream Golden Retriever, has been a sweet buddy to me since I got her three and a half years ago. She’s such a loyal friend and super smart too.

A dream of mine has also been to raise puppies, so I pursued that route once she turned two. Ellie went through extensive testing and turned out beautifully. Even the vet said breeding her would only improve her line. Her hips, which can be a weak link on goldens, scored in the top 5%. Excellent.

Last month, I bred Ellie to a gorgeous male. We all were excited about puppies in August, and it seemed my dream was coming true. Two weeks ago, Ellie had a concerning issue, so I took her to the vet. He checked her progesterone and even ran a blood panel, and she seemed okay, so we scheduled an ultrasound for the 10th. In dogs, gestation is very short. About halfway through, you can check for pregnancy via ultrasound.

Giving Ellie some love when she wasn’t feeling well

Ellie hasn’t been herself since, but some of that could be attributed to being pregnant. This afternoon with anticipation, I brought her in for an ultrasound. I watched the screen as the vet moved the wand over her stomach, and instead of seeing little puppy sacs with beating hearts, we discovered infection. This wasn’t a small infection either. After drawing blood and testing it, we found her white blood cells are dangerously high. Because of that, Ellie needed to stay so they could start her on an IV and antibiotics, keep her overnight, and do surgery in the morning.

That was hard. Really hard. Yes, the loss of dreams, but to leave my sweet girl and to know she is so sick. She’s the kind of dog who doesn’t even like to go to a vet, and here she would have to stay. I took off her collar and leash and said good-bye with tears. The vet and his staff have been incredible and super helpful through this whole process. They assured me they will take good care of her, and I know they will. They hope I can bring her home Thursday night yet.

Life doesn’t always go as planned, but the Lord uses disappointments to draw us closer to Him. While I don’t understand, I know this is minor in the grand scheme of things. I trust, and I rest. Yes, I do shed tears and pray that Ellie’s infection will go down overnight and the surgery goes well so I can bring her home.


One of her favorite places is to be on the porch in the morning while I have my Bible time.

“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast …” Proverbs 12:10

Scripture Memory With Little Children, Part 2

Joshua on the Jonah night

We enjoyed the comments on the first post in this series on Scripture memory. It is so important that we seek to fill little hearts with God’s Word to prepare them for salvation and a relationship with Christ.

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 3:15

In Part One, we talked about a free ebook download Whatever It Takes and then three memorization techniques: listening to an audio Bible (free from Faith Comes by Hearing or also VerseLocker), reading personally and as a family, and repeating frequently.

In this post, we will look at three more.

Singing —I love Scripture songs. I memorized most of Psalm 119 with a friend years ago using recordings available for free here and now have started working on them with the children. Also, I stumbled across this site looking for 1 Corinthians 13 in song, and I love her version of it. Memorizing Scripture through song is a wonderful way to memorize, and was an approach to memorization that God wanted the Israelites doing in the Old Testament.

Writing—We like using Scripture passages for copy work. Some of our children love doing copy work, and for others, it’s more of a task that needs to be done. If they’re working on penmanship anyway, it’s nice that they get the dual benefit of reinforcing memory verses.

Motivating—When Joshua memorized Jonah last year, we told him we would have a “Jonah party” with some of our extended family. He got to plan out a program with a few songs, quoted the entire book, shared a little sermon about Jonah, and we finished with a dessert of his choice. The evening was delightful, and Joshua had a blast. In addition, our family memorized a chapter for the Scriptorium in Kansas City earlier this year and having a “deadline” helped keep us all motivated. This year we are participating in the National Bible Bee, and I am very excited about the memorization and study we are doing on the theme of worship this summer!

We were originally going to do this as a two-part series, but a question was asked about choosing, keeping track of, and reviewing memory verses that we will answer in an upcoming post.

Anna Marie

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