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5 Survival Tips for When You’re Solo Parenting

Daryl traveled to a pastor’s conference a couple weeks ago. I was genuinely thrilled he was going – he hasn’t spent a night without the kids since before our second born arrived, and times of focused study, rest, and renewal are a gift. I was also terrified he was going. It would be me and…… Continue reading 5 Survival Tips for When You’re Solo Parenting

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Featured on Two Peas in a Podcast

My cousins host this podcast that I love. It’s one part relationship discussion, one part relationship research, and probably three parts laughing like the guys from Car Talk. (Has there ever been a better radio laugh than that? I submit that there has not. Discuss.) I look forward to it every week. I don’t always agree with…… Continue reading Featured on Two Peas in a Podcast

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12 Tips for a Christ-Centered Marriage

Today I’m excited to welcome Carrie Beth Tigges, writer, school principal, mother of four, and blogger over at Mommy Musings.  A question for my married friends: Do you want a strong marriage? Me, too. I strive for it. Truth be told, I do really well some days. Other days… not so much. From the first days of my husband…… Continue reading 12 Tips for a Christ-Centered Marriage

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10 Valentine’s Days You Might Remember

For a commercialized, silly holiday, it can still pack a big emotional punch. How many of these Valentine’s Days have you had? 1. The Valentine’s Day everyone is dating except you No, I’m totally fine. I’ll just watch four hours of Law & Order and eat a whole can of Betty Crocker frosting. It’s just as fun as having…… Continue reading 10 Valentine’s Days You Might Remember

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Since Laughter is the Best Medicine…

There are some nasty illnesses going around and our fam fell prey to some last week. It was miserable. First the baby, who we had to take to the Emergency Department because he was, you know, not able to breathe (he’s fine now, but it aged his poor parents 10 years). Then the preschooler, who missed a day…… Continue reading Since Laughter is the Best Medicine…

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The Ache of Marriage

Denise Levertov wrote a poem called “The Ache of Marriage.” When I studied it in college I wanted to throw it in the garbage. Marriage achy? Pfffft. Another example of a poet writing silly nonsense. Then I got married. That Levertov? She knew some things. Daryl finished his PhD this September. In many ways, his dissertation became a third…… Continue reading The Ache of Marriage

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5 Ways to Celebrate Advent as a Family

You guys, there are only seven more weeks until Christmas. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! [That’s crazy, hysterical laughter because: OH MY GOODNESS THAT IS NOT MUCH TIME.] Working in ministry, the pre-Christmas season takes on many additional layers. There’s the early November “I don’t have time to prep for my family’s Christmas because there are a bajillion church…… Continue reading 5 Ways to Celebrate Advent as a Family