It’s a Matter of Trust …

Saturday night, my daughter and I watched a movie together. With the testosterone-laden beings vacating the premises due to Boy Scout Camp, we succumbed to popcorn and estrogenic activities such as hair brushing, back scratches, and a slumber party. We watched “Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” a C.S. Lewis story from the Narnia series told […]

How to Make Life Easier…

Our 4 month-old golden retriever puppy humbles me. Daily she points out, albeit inadvertently and unintentionally, how much more I need to grow. “Lucy,” as she’s affectionately been named, is the 4th dog I’ve trained. If you’ve raised and trained a puppy and then had children, you understand that dog training is a lot like […]

Tears, Family, Golden Retrievers, and God’s Character

Standing in the emergency vet lobby, nearly blinded by tears, I again dialed my husband’s cell phone and once more heard his voice mail. In my mind, I envisioned him sitting next to our middle son at the Red’s baseball game, his cell phone turned off in the pocket of his cargo shorts. For a […]

Confession Time for Nina…

Okay, so just when you think you might actually know what you are doing… (Pride comes before the fall, right? J Sometimes it’s just being human that can trip you up!) I had to apologize to my class – every single one of them. Normally, when the gals in The Respect Dare E-Course turn in […]

Angry? Is He in the Dog House?

A friend of mine recently received a vacuum for her birthday.  It was a gift from her husband. She wasn’t quite as happy as this gal looks. He’s not stupid. He noticed her lack of enthusiasm. “I told him I was FINE,” my friend added, rolling her eyes.  “But you weren’t fine,” I said. “No, […]

What’s the Point of Modesty?

I was driving my 9 year-old daughter to gymnastics yesterday when she asked me a question.  It was one that most adult women don’t understand, and I was thankful to have the opportunity to work it with my daughter at such a young age.  She wanted to know why I wouldn’t let her wear spaghetti strap tops any […]

How to Calm Down an Angry Husband

Your husband says to you, “You never…” or “You always…” or whatever.  Your natural reaction is to be what?  How about ticked? Or hurt. Or worse yet, scared. But yes, probably angry.  Unless you are scared.  Or don’t know what to do.  And that usually results in being a doormat.  Which doesn’t work, either. So […]