The Best of Both Mothers

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With my parents out of town, I went to the farm to feed the animals. I brought my homeschooler's supplies and my laptop so that we could all get some work done while the four-year-old played outside. There are a hundred acres of woods and fields, a little creek, and some trails. My oldest fed the chicks, let the dogs out to run and threw some hay to the cows and horses, then sat down to do school. I too sat down to discern my next move. Pray? Write? Do a quick little check of what's going on in … [Read more...]

Perhaps she’d have preferred the lager?

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Overcoming Insecurity in Marriage

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A reader asks: You wrote in chapter 4 of the book Style Sex and Substance: "I hung my life on my husband's fidelity, but I knew he would go to work and see prettier, more outgoing women than I."  This is exactly my case!  I stay at home with my two young children while my husband travels for work.On top of that, my husband told me he is attracted to a woman he works with.  I was very glad that he felt he could share that with me.  But at the same time, it made my fear take hold of me, and I … [Read more...]

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The Soul of Good Manners

At times, it feels like it's the only conversation the world wants to have with a mother: You have how many children? And are you done? It's what your doctor wants to know, and your dental hygienist, and your hairdresser, and your check-out person.On my post from last week titled The Repulsive Truth, Maureen commented: "I’ve also been blessed with four and have responded with a bland, “You never know,” when asked the dreaded question by a stranger or acquaintance. I’d really love it if w … [Read more...]

Prayers for Boston

It always seems ridiculous to blog when something horrible happens. I'd been meaning for a couple weeks to write about how proud I am that my sister recently qualified to run the Boston Marathon. It had seemed like that might be a nice distraction from the heightened security concerns in and around Guam where she lives.I feel so sorry for those aspirants and participants whose hopes of running Boston have been tarnished by this event. And most especially, I'm praying for those injured and … [Read more...]

Strength for loving

Beside me this morning is a child at the breakfast table vigorously chewing a Fuji apple and explaining to me the mutative abilities of a small vehicle based on the particular placement of a certain lego brick. Sometimes the vehicle is a plow, sometimes a combine, depending on whether that brick is before it, behind it, or occasionally, totally removed. He is absolutely enthralled by the powers of his own creation, as he sends the vehicle making tracks through a mungy brown field of mixed up … [Read more...]


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