Just before our wedding day, my father asked if Joe and I were planning to ride away from the reception on a donkey. It was the first time anyone had ever joked about the fact that we shared the names of Christ’s parents, Joseph and Mary. Given the fact that our car didn’t start when … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Married Treasure
A few years back, I started a new tradition of buying a white dress to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The TLC show "Say Yes to the Dress" was my inspiration. I could watch that show all day, can't you? There's something fascinating about a bride-to-be searching for and finding her wedding attire. Here's a photo … Continue reading Say Yes to Distress
With Father’s Day coming up I thought I’d encourage you to celebrate your kids’ dad. Women and churches are really hard on dads. We wives, for example, don’t respect our husbands' parenting skills. “What parenting skills? He’d leave the baby in a wet diaper all day if the five year old didn’t remind him to … Continue reading In Defense of Dads
OK Husbands. This one's for you. Before you go out this weekend to buy perfume, a sexy dress, truffles, or a gym membership as a Mother's Day gift, let me clue you in to something every husband needs to remember: there's more to your wife than her body. Yeah, I know. Eve's physical presence was … Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Idea #5: The Gift of Soul Care
Every great team circles up for a pep talk and families are no different. If we want to raise children who understand and embody what we value, we have to set aside time to talk about those values consistently. Like good coaches, we need to offer guidance, correction, and inspiration so the family team feels … Continue reading The Family Huddle: Where Toddler Training Begins
Any mom with a conscience is asking this question often, and frequently wrestling over how to answer it. I talk to myself about priorities a lot and I keep returning to the words Jesus prayed to his Father. The context is Christ alone, preparing to die, and preparing by praying: "I have brought you glory on earth … Continue reading Am I Putting My Family First?