Prayers Appreciated…


Last night, the daily dark thoughts that I've been turning over to God moment-to-moment style took hold of my subconscious. I wasn't worrying, but I wrestled all day...Someone really close to me with a life-threatening illness and too-long wait for the next doctor's appointment, a friend's son Continue Reading

Seriously Funny Video for Moms!


So this video is stinkin' hilarious - and does a great job of honoring moms without denigrating dads. So please take it in that vein, and enjoy. Happy Mother's Day Weekend! :) Feel free to share wildly with all the awesome moms who need encouragement in your life! :) What's a good mom? How about Continue Reading

The Respect Dare… Dare Fifteen… GOT STUFF?

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It was 35 years ago. I stood outside the police station with a group of  12 year olds, waiting for things to get started.  As I watched my dad drive away in the car, my heart started to pound.  The police officer outside started collecting the permission slips from the other kids...and I realized Continue Reading

A Small Change to STOP Making Others Defensive

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I walked into the hallway and said to her, "Baby, you'll need to do the stairs, there's dog hair on them." This was after she'd already put the vacuum away, thinking she was done with her daily chore. I might have heard, "I know!!" from her lips. Might have received a complimentary eye-roll Continue Reading

STOP Doing it All…


I felt his hand on my hip and stirred awake. Glancing at the clock, I sighed. 5:33am. Too early. No wonder I hurt everywhere. Joints stiff and sore, I shifted for a more comfortable position.  Remnants of drowsiness rapidly escaped as the pain shot through my body.  Not off to a good Continue Reading

Feeling Like You Have to Do It All?

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You’ve seen her. You might know her. You might even be her. She’s the one who is going and doing and busy all the time, and can’t figure out why she has to physically DO everything, or it doesn’t happen. The women around her often have two reactions – either they feel intimidated, Continue Reading

The Truth about Dare Nine…

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I made the mistake of spending too much time reading reviews on Amazon recently, and while The Respect Dare has around 120 reviews, and a 4.4 out of 5 star rating, of course I focused on the handful of 1's, 2's, and 3's. And at the end of that super stupid use of my time, I felt discouraged, of Continue Reading