The arrival of our daughter and the decline of my mother-in-law has begun to break down some walls in our family. Maybe because the start of a new life reminds us all that life can be joyful, and joy is meant to be shared. Maybe because the end of a life reminds us that life … More 3 Things to Know About Dealing with Difficult Family
She’s here! Grace Dorothy was born on May 17 at 11:13 p.m. after 20 hours of labor (12 of which were blissfully assisted by an epidural). She weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces – and only God knows how I managed to carry and birth a baby that large, but He certainly knows what He’s doing … More Grace Dorothy
With Baby C protruding like a volleyball right now, flowers, exercise and a tasty home-cooked meal sounded like a perfectly sexy Valentine’s Day to me. Except it didn’t turn out perfectly. … More Make time, Valentine
When did being “family” entitle someone who treats us like garbage to our time and energy? What do I do when Husband wants us to spend time with such people? … More What is “Family”?
Good, constant, consistent communication takes practice. Lots of practice. Enter the family wall calendar. … More Put it on the calendar, or it’s not happening
With a new year beginning, it’s time to get back into writing. I’ve been absent for a few months for a few reasons: 1. Husband and I have been traveling a lot. In the last quarter of 2016, I went to Richmond, VA for a conference while he went to southern Georgia once a month … More The Edge of ’17
“This is day 1. By the time you reach day 321, or 650, or 18,262 (that’s 50 years!) you’ll experience days that try your patience, your integrity, and your commitment to each other.
“But if you keep God at the center of your lives and prepare your hearts and minds to work through the lows, you’ll have more beautiful days than not.” … More Having More Beautiful Days
We’re going to a wedding this weekend for two friends who began dating right before our wedding two years ago. At a party last weekend, I asked the groom-to-be how he feels about getting married. “I’m ready,” he confidently said. “It feels weird, though, as if we should have gotten married earlier,” he continued. “I … More The right path to marriage
A last-minute surprise combined with a last-minute fib makes my husband and I wonder: Can we surprise each other without being dishonest? … More Can we do surprises in this marriage?
This week was my fourth anniversary of moving to a new state and starting over in many areas of life. Five years ago, everyone around me seemed to be growing and moving up in life while I felt stuck in old habits and stalled dreams. A relationship had ended, my job didn’t feel exciting or … More Ask, seek, knock