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

In Our Relationships, The Small Things Are The Big Things

I was already going to be late, and I knew it. Skimming through the house, I tried to piece together all my essentials before running out the door for work: purse, phone, coffee. And then I saw them. The dishes, stacked precariously in the sink, grimy and forlorn. Waiting patiently for me. I glanced at … Continue reading In Our Relationships, The Small Things Are The Big Things

Love That Doesn’t Need You To Say It Back

[Today, I'm honored to be a guest at the home of the brave and spunky Leanne Penny. I joined up with her Love Showed Up series with a tale very close to my heart: the story of my husband and I. I love to tell this story because it sounds new and different every time. … Continue reading Love That Doesn’t Need You To Say It Back

How To Get Divorced In One Easy Step

{For those visiting from Start Marriage Right, welcome. I'm talking candidly about preventing divorce today - I know this is a painful and controversial topic, and I'm trying to be delicate here. Please do not hear me being trite or accusing or blaming people who have experienced divorce. I am speaking on the side of … Continue reading How To Get Divorced In One Easy Step

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Housewife

Hello there. If you're visiting from Start Marriage Right, welcome. Glad to have you today. This is where I write and laugh about relationships, spirituality, parenthood and leadership. Let's stay in touch, shall we? Get all the updates to my blog by subscribing here, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Without further ado, here's the … Continue reading The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Housewife

5 Steps to Moving Off the Island of Self-Pity

One of my favorite things to do is feel sorry for myself. It's so gratifying. So deliciously satisfying. If someone lets me down, hurts me or disappoints me, or if I'm just in some kind of physical pain, I assume no one can understand what it's like. That no one cares. And it feels so … Continue reading 5 Steps to Moving Off the Island of Self-Pity

Getting good at love

[If you're visiting from Start Marriage Right, welcome. Glad to have you today. This is where I write about relationships, spirituality, parenthood and leadership - a little bit of everything. Let's stay in touch, shall we? Get all the updates to my blog by subscribing here, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Without further ado, … Continue reading Getting good at love

Negative tests and practicing my poker face

{I've been leery of sharing these thoughts and stories about our journey to have Baby #2. I don't want to get pegged as an infertility writer cause I will feel guilty for getting pregnant when my readers are still trying. But more than that, letting strangers see the longings in my heart has been just … Continue reading Negative tests and practicing my poker face

Anger management: how it’s going out here

Two weeks ago, I took a crazy challenge. But it was about time. Inspired by the brave mom at The Orange Rhino, I committed not to yell at my son for 365 days. With certain caveats, like safety and distance, of course. That was 14 days ago. So now it's confession time, right? How have I actually … Continue reading Anger management: how it’s going out here

I am Jesus’ awkward friend

In college, it was getting easy. I finally figured out how to make friends, not talk too much or make people feel uncomfortable around me. And aside from the tumultuous relationships and the general self-loathing, my relationship with God felt relatively sturdy too. In the mornings, I propped up my pillow behind my head, then … Continue reading I am Jesus’ awkward friend