Two Words That Will Change Your Marriage

My husband and I experienced quite a bit of conflict in our early years of marriage, and it could be distilled down to one reason: our love languages. He experiences love through encouraging words and acts of service. I feel loved from quality time and physical touch. The short story is these differences initially created … Continue reading Two Words That Will Change Your Marriage

When You Don’t Want to Wait Any Longer

It's all so magical, the belly-warming glow of the lights juxtaposed with the sparkling winter chill, bells lingering in the air, chimed from towers and bell choirs, scheming up just the perfect gift for children and friends, imagining their faces a million times before they even open the gift: there is so much to love … Continue reading When You Don’t Want to Wait Any Longer

What Do We Have To Be Thankful For?

They are always smiling, and it doesn’t make sense. Their hips sway, their hands clap together, their eyes sparkle with a strong, resilient hope I rarely see. As the Lulu sisters gather in weekly worship, their hearts overflow. It doesn’t seem like they should be the joyful ones, the grateful ones, not the mothers with … Continue reading What Do We Have To Be Thankful For?

Don’t Drink The Water

Everyone and every-where possess a unique emotional climate. This atmosphere may be as big as a country, as small as a person, and everything - cities, churches, businesses, families - in between. It's something in the environment, a vibe, that something-in-the-air that for most people, goes undetected. Unless they're looking for it. The emotional climate of … Continue reading Don’t Drink The Water

There’s No Such Thing As Perfect (Until You’re Dead)

There is no such thing as perfect. There is no such as a perfect child, a perfect hairstyle, a perfect front yard, a perfect job. There is no perfect score. No perfect performance. There are no perfect husbands, and no perfect wives. There is no such thing as a perfect dad or mom. There are … Continue reading There’s No Such Thing As Perfect (Until You’re Dead)

When You Want to Resign From Parenthood, Remember This

My friends and I are constantly dismayed at the behavior of our children. There is always someone crying, something broken, some mess being made that need not be, all because the little darlings seem to have cotton in their ears. This inability to listen and then obey, seems to reflect on our competency as parents. … Continue reading When You Want to Resign From Parenthood, Remember This

How I Learned To Love My Body

I used to mind the wrinkles gathering like old fabric around my middle. I cringed at the stripes I earned from one baby and then two, stripes that left once and then came back and never left. I used to pull and tug on the undesirable parts, holding them in proper position, wishing they'd obey and just … Continue reading How I Learned To Love My Body