Barbara Rainey

Barbara Rainey

Barbara Rainey is the Co-Founder of FamilyLife, the Founder of Ever Thine Home, mother of six and a grandmother to over 20 – she is also a mentor and friend to countless women in the United States and abroad. She is a gifted communicator – and artist – who has created, and continues to create, resources that help parents and children connect and impress on their hearts the truth of God’s word.


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Family Reunions and Kids

Is an extended family gathering on your calendar for this summer? Most of these events are planned by middle agers who want their kids and grandkids to know their cousins, aunts, and…

She’s Really Not Coming Home

Our youngest just completed her one year post-college internship. For months, she’s been talking to us about where she will live and what she wants to do when she is on…

Reducing Clutter

This past weekend, Dennis and I started cleaning our garage; actually, it’s a large storage shed. The garage was converted into a playroom equipped with a Ping-Pong table and foosball machine…

How to Raise a Boy to be a Man

While trading emails this week with a friend who has two teenage boys, she commented out of sheer frustration, “Would you take my 16-year-old and knock some sense into him?”…

The Girls of Fiji

As I stood on the stage, I gazed at one of the most beautiful sights in all of Fiji. Having just returned to the States late Sunday, my mind continues to…

Three Cheers for the Meanest Mom!

Teenagers are fond of labeling people — both those they admire and those they don’t. In their emotional declarations, their parents usually are the recipients of only negative descriptors such…

Suitcase Idiosyncrasies

I have heard a fascinating statistic that is encouraging to me: “The majority of conflicts couples deal with, approximately 69 percent, are irresolvable and will be with a couple in one…

Valentine Ideas for Kids

Finding creative ways to reach into our children’s hearts is always a challenge for parents. And it’s the heart and mind we want to influence so that when they are…

My Most Romantic Valentine’s Tips

My husband is on Facebook. It was an affront to our 23-year-old daughter when he joined, and she let him know he was “too old” for this modern media format….

Thoughts on Courage for Moms

Remember the lion in the “Wizard of Oz?” He was a lovable guy but thoroughly convinced he had no courage. Because he was easily frightened instead of being ferocious, he…

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