Sand paper. It is…well, brown and abrasive; not too appealing. I have used it on multiple occasions to complete home improvement projects. I’ve even become well-acquainted with the different types of “grit” they come in, depending on how coarse or fine I needed the sandpaper to be. Sandpaper was originally called “glass paper” because it actually contained small pieces of glass in it. I can’t imagine what that might have felt like on skin! I do know a thing or… Read more

We’ve all seen them or heard them.  You know…those moms who are super-stressed out and talking to their kids with a crazy kind of intensity, dragon-like nostrils (minus the smoke), and eyes that could slice through you like a knife? Yeah, well, I joined those ranks tonight. Okay, I might have been semi-rushing for that sorority in the past; but tonight, Friend, I pledged to join it all the way. I am not proud of this at all…just keepin’ it… Read more

Whenever I see my husband, Dave, I usually greet him with a hug and a kiss.  To me, this seems quite normal, and I never thought anything about doing this in front of my children until our son, Cooper, had a playdate with a friend of his.  The kids were playing in the kitchen just as Dave came home from work. When he walked in the kitchen, he pulled me close, hugged me, and kissed me.  It was by no… Read more

  I hate to admit it, but I have, on more than one occasion, watched the once popular reality show “Cheaters”.   For those who have kept your standards higher for your television viewing pleasure and aren’t familiar with the show, the title really captures the essence and class of the program.  The show features a broken relationship in which one partner suspects the other of cheating so he/she goes to the “Cheaters” team for help in launching an all… Read more

I have always pretty much hated the word “sucks” for as long as I can remember.  The word was originally a verb, but I think my generation decided to make it a lovely adjective used to describe our less than favorite moments .  I know there are certainly worse words that my kids could say, but I have told my boys on more than one occasion that we don’t use “that word” in our house.  It just rubs me the… Read more

  As I was waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, I browsed over the magazine covers and one in particular caught my eye. I couldn’t believe what I saw. It had various pictures of Hollywood moms with ratings, like A- or D+ next to their names. These were action shots of them doing normal, every day things with their kids, mind you. Some of these pictures had subtitles accusing the mom of yelling too much or rushing… Read more

  “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭34‬ NLT (more…) Read more

  The work place is where many of us spend the majority of our time working hard to advance our careers and provide for our families.  That’s a good thing, right?  Of course!  However, whether we realize it or not, there are certain habits that we carry out at work that can greatly harm our marriage.  Here are four of the most common: 1. We consistently choose to stay at work well beyond working hours. In certain jobs, overtime is… Read more

  I have so often admired those families in our lives that truly enjoy being together.  They exhibit a kind of family togetherness that is infectious to all members of the family, young and old.  Dave and I desperately want this for our growing family, and a few years ago, we decided that we could cultivate this not only through prayer and daily interaction but also through taking on certain “adventures” as a family. Most of our adventures have been… Read more

Marriage. Is. Hard. The longer you’re married, the more challenging it becomes.   Between work, kids, your activities, the kids’ extracurriculars, responsibilities, caring for elderly parents, church activities, and the list goes on and on, it’s easy  to lose sight of each other.  When it comes to romance, well, sometimes you’re just not feeling it. Dave and I have certainly had our ups and downs in our almost 14 years of marriage, but I can honestly say that I love… Read more

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