22 August

Enabling or Equipping Our Kids…

Enabling or Equipping Our Kids…

Are you enabling your kids or equipping them? Not a question I really wanted to think about. What parent wants to discover they might be enabling their kids? When our son was 10 and our daughter was 9, we changed some of the expectations in our house. Previously, I felt guilty if I did not […]

20 August

When You Can’t Take It Anymore…

When You Can’t Take It Anymore…

Over the years, I have learned that I have a pretty high pain tolerance… both literally and figuratively. For better or worse, God gave my husband a wife who can function under a pretty decent amount of pressure or busyness. About once every 5 years, I hit my wall. Sure I have minor meltdowns in […]

15 August

6 Ways to Overlook Your Spouse’s Bad Habits

6 Ways to Overlook Your Spouse’s Bad Habits

Chris and I have known each other for 23 years. We have been married eighteen of those years.  After so many years, you would think that we have all the kinks worked out, right? Truth be told, there are still some things that we can’t seem to fix about each other.  For example, Every time Chris […]

13 August

2 Ways to Protect Your Reputation

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2 Ways to Protect Your Reputation

There is nothing worse than a nasty rumor. Think middle school. You know… when that girl you didn’t like so much started saying things about you that weren’t true. Your reputation could be put in question within a few class periods. Fast forward to 2013. As grown ups, we now have ways to put our […]

8 August

Peaches and Pressure…

Peaches and Pressure…

My daughter is a fresh fruit fanatic.  She is the pickiest of eaters, so when she finds something she likes… she does not let go.  She will be the college student that still needs the divided plate because she does not want any ingredient touching another.  Casseroles are out of the picture.  If she did […]

6 August

Stuck….

Stuck….

I am not a frequent flier, but I have flown enough to consider myself a competent traveler. Until last week, I had only one truly bad airplane memory. That memory goes back 15 years when I was pregnant with my first child. At the time, I traveled for my job. About midway through a flight […]

1 August

Knot of Doubt

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Knot of Doubt

Last week, I had the privilege of attending She Speaks, a conference for Christian women interested in developing their speaking and writing skills. In the days leading up to the trip, I had several very late nights as I furiously worked to complete a book proposal and sample chapter. The conference offered a writing track […]

30 July

Noisy Animals and Submission

Noisy Animals and Submission

Today may be the day that my sweet husband regrets encouraging me to blog. There is something you must know about him. He is hard to sleep with. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask any male on our staff that has ever traveled with him. Initially, when the staff of […]

25 July

Worst Summer Ever

Worst Summer Ever

Whenever someone asks about your summer, don’t you feel compelled to tell him or her it was wonderful? We go through the calendar and pick the most adventurous or luxurious event or trip and elaborate on it. It is the rare conversation when someone says, “it has been the worst summer ever.” This summer, our […]

23 July

Never Say Never

Never Say Never

God has done many amazing things, but twice in my life I remember being dumbfounded that God cared so specifically about little ol’ me. The first time God surprised me was after our second child was born. Initially, Chris and I had experienced difficulties getting pregnant. In retrospect, it was a short wait but God […]