She Got Pregnant at 42

My friend Nancy Bailey was published in Ladies Home Journal, with this touching article about how she felt when she realized she was — unexpectedly — pregnant: [Read more...]

Dave Ramsey’s New Financial Peace University: What Will It Take to Get Your Family Financially Right Again?

On July 17th, Dave Ramsey’s new, revamped Financial Peace University will be available for those who need to learn how to handle their money in these tough times.  He helped me survived my husband’s deployment.  Could it help you?

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Shawn Johnson Video about “A Winning Balance”

As many of you know, I am honored to have helped 2008 U.S. Olympic gold medal winner Shawn Johnson write her memoirs.  [Read more...]

What this White Mom Did with her Black Daughter’s Hair Today

As I’ve mention many many times, it’s sometimes hard for this white woman to figure out the vagaries of African American hairstyles.  When our daughter Naomi lived in Ethiopia, her hair was shaved close to her head.  Obviously, the orphanage made sure the kids were fed, not necessarily well-coiffed. Here’s Naomi at 2 years of age in the orphanage:

Would you believe that child, two and a half years later, is this child?

Well, many of you know, I’m learning to do Naomi’s hair.  Yesterday, at the shooting range, I let her hair “be free.”  She loved it, but the style is not protective enough for the rigors of summer.

Today, this is what we did:

Check out the criss cross pattern in the back:

You can see, I haven’t adorned her head with bows yet and the styling product is still wet.  However, I was very pleased with the result!

And I have a very important announcement pertaining to the continuing hair saga.  The last hair style I did lasted one month.  Though I know it wasn’t perfect, I was proud of myself for hitting that milestone.  In fact, this is the hairstyle, which even survive this day at the sandy park…  barely:

Thanks for all the encouragement, friends.  And an especially big thank you to Chocolate Hair, Vanilla Care — the website with  all white mothers need to know to take care of their beautiful black children.

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Who’s Your Favorite on The Bachelorette? And What Happened to Jef’s last “F?”

So, before Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette, I’d love to know your favorite guys.  Too early, you say?  Nonsense.  The chemistry exists or it doesn’t. Right, Joe-the-Biology-Teacher?

My favorite so far is Jef Holm.  Yes, Jef, with the annoyingly abbreviated name.  Is another “f” just too much effort?  Did his parents believe in “letter economy?”  Is it some sort of hipster affectation?  Did he lop off the last consonant and donate it to charity?  The first two episodes have not shed light on his name, but they have hinted he might be down on one knee in the finale.


1. He Keeps It Real:

He has indicated that he doesn’t not like the ostentatious, showy romance. (We’re looking at you, Luxury Goods Advisor Kalon).

2. He’s Service-Minded:
Jef co-founded People Water, a successful, sustainable water bottle company with this tag line: “For every bottle of water purchased we give an equal amount of clean water to a person in need.”

3. He Lives In Utah
Jef lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah, close to Salt Lake City and graduated from Utah Valley University. So does that mean he’s a Mormon? Not to stereotype about people who live in Utah, but… WetPaint reports that both of his parents are LDS, and he possibly is too. If he is LDS, then he might also want a house full of kids, and fast!

4. He’s Too Cool for School
You already knew he was a hipster, but I find his skinny jeans less annoying than Ryan-the-professional-sports-trainer-from-Atlanta’s highly gelled hair. (WetPaint also found this this super-filtered pic of Jef!)  But will Emily go for someone who’s “cooler” than she is?

Check out this unaired video of Jef teaching Emily to skateboard!


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