Can I trouble you for a prayer?

Honestly, I am floored by how quickly the days are moving. I have so much to tell you, and little time – but I would bet you are also trying to figure out summer with kids, driving people around, dealing with your garden, and trying to keep first things first. I love this, with regard […]

The Parenting Risk You Want to Take

3 Reasons We're Lousy At Loving God &(2)

I sat next to him while he drove. Wise teen-man-boy-something-awesome guy that emerges daily anew. Discussing priorities with him. You know, the ones where you try hard to create life balance out of the bazillion things you want/have/need to do? And I took a risk. Might seem small here, sure does after the fact.  Seemed […]

What to Do with Pain… and Dare Thirty-Six

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Eyes wet, tears slipped down her face. Drowning in sorrow over wrong doing and lack of hope, she fought the hardening of her heart, somewhat unsuccessfully. She’s waited for years for things to be different. Worked hard, obeyed, confessed. Whom could she talk to? Who would understand? To her, it seemed like there was no one. … […]

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 mine […]

Weekend Round Up… Respect Dare Style

Every time I write “Round Up” I think of horses. But this post has nothing to do with them.  It’s a just a quick synopsis of what happened in our little corner of cyber-space, as we traveled through Dare 4 of The Respect Dare. Before I forget, you only have a few hours to take […]

What’s All The Fuss about Miley??

In the wake of Miley Cyrus’ activities of late, many are discussing modesty and cultural norms for women. The church is being both criticized for being restrictive and rules-based, and simultaneously hailed for helping young girls navigate these waters. The secular culture is also criticized for promoting self-debasing activities and fashion for women, and hailed […]

Married with Children? Or Without? By Choice?

I stood in the kitchen making dinner and my nearly 12 year old daughter says to me, “I now know why it is so hard to be a mom.” My interest piqued, I asked her to tell me more. With two teenage brothers, and being the baby of the family, she knows nearly everything a […]

For Once I Got it Right!

My mother-in-law gave me the best advice when I had my first child. It was the week before I returned to my part-time training job in the evenings. I was lamenting leaving the baby with my husband (her son) and all the things he wouldn’t know to do because he didn’t take care of him […]

Got a Difficult Marriage? Here’s Hope…

“Those are pretty flowers. Who are they for?” he asked. “Me. I had a horrible week and no one noticed, so I bought them for myself to cheer me up – they were the cheap ones at the grocery, so no worries, okay?” she responded. Silence. She knew he just didn’t know what to say. […]

How to Change Your Marriage…

Disappointment threatened to crush my mother’s heart as I listened to the child’s tale of woe. Like shards of glass under bare feet, we pressed hard together into the painful event and shared tears. Helpless to reinvent history, I offered empathy and hugs and my own sorrow for this precious one’s heart ache. It seemed […]