25 February

The Polka Dot Bathrobe

The Polka Dot Bathrobe

A few years ago (more than I would like to admit), I was the recipient of a bright pink bathrobe with white polka dots. It was fun and festive, but more importantly, it was thick and snuggly. It was so comfy that as soon as I could get home, I was so happy to put […]

18 February

My Friends Matter

My Friends Matter

If you are the parent of a teenager, you know how much friends matter in the life of your child. While it is certainly true at an earlier age, the importance takes on even greater implications when your child is no longer under your direct supervision for social and extracurricular events, not to mention car […]

13 February

Worth the Fight…

Worth the Fight…

Have you ever stopped to consider where you expend all of your emotional energy each day? There is tired from just keeping too busy, but there is also a type of tired that results from expending our emotional energy. How many times a day does your blood pressure rise? I consider myself a pretty level […]

11 February

Do I Stink?

Do I Stink?

Sometimes I wonder if anyone sees the world the way I do. We all come at life with a certain perspective. Our family of origin, our experiences, and our personalities all collide to make us unique individuals. Beyond individuality, however, we do find some common ground. I would love to know if anyone walks along […]

6 February

Date Needed…

Date Needed…

I love meeting with women. It is amazing how God has each of us on a unique path and yet we share so many similarities.  The mother of ankle biters, the mother of ankle tattoos, and the young woman who shows way more than her ankles have more in common than they realize! Many times […]

4 February

Mother-In-Law

Mother-In-Law

There is a cloud that surrounds most mothers-in-law. You know all of the jokes and some of you know a lot of pain. The leaving and cleaving of marriage combined with honoring our parents is a pair of truths that can be complicated. Often we are good at leaving and lousy at honoring OR we […]

30 January

1 in 100…

1 in 100…

This past week I walked into the worship center at Highpoint for our noon prayer time. We kick each semester off with 21 Days of Prayer. While over 2,000 people fill this same room on Sundays, only a dozen or two make their way to the campus to pray on a given day. I know. […]

28 January

Married but Alone……

Married but Alone……

At least every other week I sit down with a woman who, in her own words, says, “I wish my husband would be the spiritual leader of our home.” If you resonate with that statement, you are definitely not alone. Sadly, it is more the norm than we want to admit. So what are you […]

23 January

Working for the CIA, part 2

Working for the CIA, part 2

In my blog on Tuesday, I began sharing all of the lessons I am learning as the mother of teenagers. There is a part of me that wonders if I should withhold this information until after they leave my home. It is a tension I manage. Some things I will withhold out of respect for […]

21 January

Working for the CIA, part 1

Working for the CIA, part 1

My children are convinced that I work for the CIA. In some ways, I think I might be qualified by the time they graduate. For security reasons, I can’t reveal all my secrets, but this week I thought that I would pass on what I have learned to any other parent trying to keep up […]