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

What Happens When We Don’t Ask Questions

We assume someone who is overweight should just work out. Or the skinny kid should eat more. We assume the single 30-something has too high of standards. Or maye there's something wrong with him. We assume the childless couple is self-absorbed, preferring wine and cheese parties and late night soirees to slumber parties and the … Continue reading What Happens When We Don’t Ask Questions

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

Don’t Make Me Guess

{Live brave and dream along with me. Click here to subscribe to the blog or stay connected on Facebook or Twitter.}When I dated guys in my 20s, I did the classic girl thing all guys hate: I made them guess what I wanted.I wanted to know they loved me and were paying attention to me. So I didn't give them details … Continue reading Don’t Make Me Guess

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

Just Apply Compassion {A Guest Post}

{Today we hear from journalist and blogger Tiffany Roney on the topic of forgiveness and a little secret she learned to let go of pain and hurt. When she sent this post to me a few weeks ago, I had no idea it would powerfully work its way into my life with perfect timing. Tomorrow I … Continue reading Just Apply Compassion {A Guest Post}

The Other Side of Commitment

On the other side of commitment is everything you want. It's a cruel irony. Our culture offers millions of options, and for millennials especially, there is this looming, strangling fear of missing out. We don't want to miss out. We are terrified of missing out. Of missing the one thing, the right thing. So we … Continue reading The Other Side of Commitment

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