Loving Your Different Spouse

Our tenth wedding anniversary came, then went, much more quickly than we had anticipated, like a friend who can’t stay long enough.  As we sat there on our date night, relishing a moment of peace looking out the big window of the restaurant, he gave me a gift better than anything I could’ve asked for.  He … [Read more…]

A Thousand Little Ways

This Valentine’s Day There are a thousand little ways To see and to say That the love that started it all is still going strong.   And we don’t have to worry, we don’t have to wonder. Because these thousand little ways are right here.   This encouraging post is over at the Today Show’s … [Read more…]

The Best Valentine’s Day Gift You Might Never Give

“I want a more positive world,” she says.  Me too, friend. If we want a more positive world… it starts at home.  There was once a woman who backed up that statement.  A woman who truly laid it all down to make the world a better place… the one who begged God to send her … [Read more…]

Keeping Our Coupleness… When Date Nights Are Few And Far Between

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh Valentine’s Day is coming soon, and with it the expectations.  The hopes and ideals, the ideals that usually involve some kind of date night out.  See a fun movie, go restaurant-hopping, buy her flowers.  Many of … [Read more…]

Let’s Grow Up Together… So We Can Grow Old Together

“I overheard the man whisper ‘I am a lover not a fighter’ and to myself I thought I, am in fact, both.  For is it love at all if it’s not worth fighting for?”  ~Tyler Knott Gregson It’s true, some things aren’t easy to write about.  But a New Year needs New Hope.  And sometimes … [Read more…]

Love-Note Stockings

Looking for a way to save a few dollars this year?  And make a lasting impression on your loved ones? This year, my family is trying something new. It doesn’t make a mess. It doesn’t cost a dime. It won’t keep us up late Christmas Eve night with exasperating instructions. It’s small enough that it’s … [Read more…]

When The Sun Gets Happy And Rises

“Mama, I think when you say something good, the sun gets happy and rises.” My kids have been known to say some pretty profound stuff.  But this one took my breath away. I was lost in thought while my six year-old was coloring.  My artistic girl, the one who draws and leaves cards and notes … [Read more…]

Horseflies And Big Fat Lies

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil. 4:8). Bzzzzzzz… Bzzz… BUZZZZZZZZZ… If you’re not familiar with horseflies, let me introduce you briefly.  They are much bigger, much more persistent, and much harder to get rid of, than regular flies.  And that summer … [Read more…]

The Smallest (Biggest) Gift

“Do small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa Have you heard the saying, “Men are like waffles, and women are like spaghetti”?  It refers to the psyche… the waffle-brain being organized, compartmentalized, and the spaghetti-brain with more flow, where everything is connected.  It’s a popular saying… but I’m not buying it. You see, my husband … [Read more…]

The Messy Gift

My daughter loves gifts. She loves to receive gifts and she loves to give gifts.  She treasures small trinkets and dreams of dramatic surprises.  She remembers who got her that art kit last year and she recalls the teddy bear she picked out for her cousin’s birth. She also loves to make a game out … [Read more…]