Aug 30

New Series! Training Thursdays!

Beginning next week, I will be starting a new study! With ideas and plans for training our families, yes FAMILIES, not just kiddos! 🙂

The study will be based on “Achieving True Success:  How to Build Character as a Family“.

We are working through this book in our home and I hope you will follow along with us!

Here are several things to consider as we begin this study.


How to Build a Character Family


  1. Take responsibility for your family
  2. Decide to aim for a successful home
  3. Make the connection between character and success
  4. Make a personal commitment to character development
  1. Step back and take a careful look at your home. Evaluate it. Make a lists of your strengths and weaknesses
  2. Make a list of goals for your family
  3. Sketch a plan for your goals

Building a Character Family


  1. Model good character
  2. Praise good character
  3. Teach good character
  4. Recognize good character
  5. Correct in order to teach good character


  1. Gather the family together for a meeting
  2. Explain the importance of being a family with good character
  3. Make a family commitment to work on becoming a family with good character
  4. Share your plan to becoming a family with good character


I am praying that our family and your will become known as a family with Godly characteristics!

A Fence or an Ambulance 

~ Joseph Malins ~

‘Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,

Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant;

But over its terrible edge there had slipped

A duke and full many a peasant.

So the people said something would have to be done,

But their projects did not at all tally;

Some said, “Put a fence around the edge of the cliff,”

Some, “An ambulance down in the valley.”


But the cry for the ambulance carried the day,

For it spread through the neighboring city;

A fence may be useful or not, it is true,

But each heart became brimful of pity

For those who slipped over that dangerous cliff;

And the dwellers in highway and alley

Gave pounds or gave pence. not to put up a fence,

But an ambulance down in the valley.


“For the cliff is all right, if you’re careful,” they said,

“And, if folks even slip and are dropping,

It isn’t the slipping that hurts them so much,

As the shock down below when they’re stopping.”

So day after day, as these mishaps occurred,

Quick forth would those rescuers sally

To pick up the victims who fell off the cliff,

With their ambulance down in the valley.


Then an old sage remarked: “It’s a marvel to me

That people give far more attention

To repairing results than to stopping the cause,

When they’d much better aim at prevention.

Let us stop at its source all this mischief,” cried he,

“Come, neighbors and friends, let us rally;

If the cliff we will fence we might almost dispense

With the ambulance down in the valley.”…..


Better guide well the young than reclaim them when old,

For the voice of true wisdom is calling,

“To rescue the fallen is good, but ’tis best

To prevent other people from falling.”

Better close up the source of temptation and crime

Than deliver from dungeon or galley;

Better put a strong fence round the top of the cliff

Than an ambulance down in the valley.

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  1. Diane

    I love that poem! And what a marvellous idea. I love any program whose key purpose is strengthening families! Thank you for sharing on NOBH!
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      I love the poem too! 🙂 It is a great program! Thank you for stoppin by! 🙂 Blessings!

  2. Lori

    As a mom of a big family, I appreciate your post about building good character. Thank you! (Stopping by from DeniseinBloom.com) –
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes, building good character is key to building well functioning families! Thank you for stoppin by! 🙂

  3. Nikki

    Stopping by via Life in Bloom… so glad we’re neighbors today!
    I’d never heard of that book before. Look forward to reading more about it!
    Thanks for sharing!!
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      It is a great book! Thank you for stoppin by! 🙂 Blessings!

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