Say Yes to Distress

A few years back, I started a new tradition of buying a white dress to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The TLC show “Say Yes to the Dress” was my inspiration. I could watch that show all day, can’t you? There’s something fascinating about a bride-to-be searching for and finding her wedding attire. Here’s a photo…

In Defense of Dads

With Father’s Day coming up I thought I’d encourage you to celebrate your kids’ dad. Women and churches are really hard on dads. We wives,  for example, don’t respect our husbands’ parenting skills. “What parenting skills? He’d leave the baby in a wet diaper all day if the five year old didn’t remind him to…

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #5: The Gift of Soul Care

  OK Husbands. This one’s for you. Before you go out this weekend to buy perfume, a sexy dress, truffles, or a gym membership as a Mother’s Day gift, let me clue you in to something every husband needs to remember: there’s more to your wife than her body. Yeah,  I know. Eve’s physical presence was…

The Family Huddle: Where Toddler Training Begins

Every great team circles up for a pep talk and families are no different. If we want to raise children who understand and embody what we value, we have to set aside time to talk about those values consistently. Like good coaches, we need to offer guidance, correction, and inspiration so the family team feels…

Am I Putting My Family First?

Any mom with a conscience is asking this question often, and frequently wrestling over how to answer it. I talk to myself about priorities a lot and I keep returning to the words Jesus prayed to his Father. The context is Christ alone, preparing to die, and preparing by praying: “I have brought you glory on earth…

Motherhood Misery #10: I Didn’t Date My Husband

Once I became a mom a little more than a year after getting married, I paid too little attention to my identity as Joe’s wife. This was not intentional. Most new moms will agree that figuring out how to keep a  baby alive lends itself to putting a grown man on the back burner. But what happened…