All Clean in 2014: Recap

As 2014 closes out I am thrilled to offer a final reflection on my All Clean in 2014 series that began last January. It’s hard to believe a year has gone by, but I accomplished a lot. More importantly, I learned a lot: Setting a house cleaning goal is important. Goals address legitimate needs in … Continue reading All Clean in 2014: Recap

Motherhood Misery #10: I Didn’t Date My Husband

Once I became a mom a little more than a year after getting married, I paid too little attention to my identity as Joe’s wife. This was not intentional. Most new moms will agree that figuring out how to keep a  baby alive lends itself to putting a grown man on the back burner. But what happened … Continue reading Motherhood Misery #10: I Didn’t Date My Husband

How To Respond to Racial Tension: Thoughts for Christmas Eve

In a few short years our children and grandchildren will ask us what we remember about the racial tension of 2014. I know they’ll ask us because my daughter recently had to interview someone who remembers the Cuban Missile Crisis. Years from now, students will be asked by their college professors to interview us after … Continue reading How To Respond to Racial Tension: Thoughts for Christmas Eve

Motherhood Misery #9: I Was Obsessed with Having a Clean House

Every mother has to have a cleaning standard if she wants an orderly home. For years, mine was truly absurd: “My house has to be clean all the time the way it would be clean for guests.” Needless to say this mindset made me miserable. My intentions were good. I really believed it would be … Continue reading Motherhood Misery #9: I Was Obsessed with Having a Clean House