Are You the Best Value?


Often as seasonal sales come and go I hear small business friends and owners lament "I can't compete with xyz store's price."  You know what? I never tried to.  Coming from a rural town, I learned early on that price isn't everything.  You see in a small town, which … [Read more...]

Are You THE MOM or a wimp?


Our culture tends toward two extremes on a continuum: either crass authoritarianism or wimp-dom. God calls you and me to be neither authoritarian nor permissive but authoritative in parenting. Yes, embrace the role as benevolent dictator. Your job  is to be THE MOM or THE … [Read more...]


When Mike offered to blow up the air mattress I smiled broadly. He knows how much fun  I think it is to move from our bedroom to the living room and camp alongside our dog. Shadow loves it when we all sleep side by side - us on our bed and Shadow on her dog pillow snuggled … [Read more...]

Marriage Monday- Together


Fall is quickly approaching and that means back to school in our family. With children in the house ranging from 8 days old to twenty-one we know that finding "together" time matters for our marriage.  One of the ways we approach each season is to choose one thing we will … [Read more...]

Becoming the Best Mom Ever


Becoming the best mom ever IS within your reach. No perfection required. Not at all. If it were, we’d all fail! But it may require a shift in your approach: to focus on your child’s heart! Read the first post in my "Becoming the Best Mom Ever" series. There are four more … [Read more...]

NASCAR and Chili

For weeks I had been excitedly discussing my ever-evolving recipe for the upcoming chili cook-off. It was to be my first foray into the world of food competition. The food network had nothing on me! I was so wrapped up in the exhilaration and anticipation that I forgot all … [Read more...]

Make Your Marriage Scary-Good

In honor of this Halloween, here are 6 questions you can ask yourself to determine whether you have a “scary-good” marriage. For each question you mark “yes” or leave blank, give yourself ZERO points. For each “no” response, give yourself ONE point. 1. Are you like a … [Read more...]