Camping

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

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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

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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...]

Can You Make REAL Friends on Facebook?

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Facebook has taken friendship to a whole new level. Are these friendships real? Are in-person friendships better? Does it matter? This is intro to my favorite post in my 31 Days of Friendship series, which ends today with a special announcement at my website. The comments … [Read more...]

Learn How to “Fight” With Your Spouse

Let’s begin this column by stating what really should be obvious: It is NEVER okay to physically hurt your spouse. But there are times when you’re so angry you feel like your head is going to explode. Or you feel hurt, or there’s a principle or value you feel needs defended. … [Read more...]