Those First 30 Minutes That Determine the Rest of Your Day

Those 30 Minutes That Determine  the Rest of Your Day

You probably already figured out that I'm not exactly a morning person. As in, not really at all. If I had my way, I'd stay in bed until the sun came streaming in through my bedroom window. Heard the birds chirping and could smell the coffee brewing. And then I'd probably lay there for another half hour . . . or more. Dozing and dreaming. No, you could never describe me as a Morning Girl. But I've learned something that has made such a difference in my heart and home that it … Read More

Why He Knows His Heart Will Always Be Safe With Me

Why His Heart Will Be Safe With Me

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. ~ Proverbs 31:11 ~ High Tides. That was the name of the restaurant. I can even remember what I ordered that night: Scallops Provencal. Cooked in butter, garlic, lemon, white wine . . . but I'd better stop there. Fresh seafood is considered something of a specialty here in the Pacific Northwest and High Tides Grill is known for some of the best. So my husband and I were very willing to meet our longtime … Read More

A Love Note ….for the Mama Still in her Sweatpants

To the Mama Still In Her Sweat Pants

Hey you, Yes, you, still in your sweatpants and un-showered, hours into your day. This love note is for you. Between seven a.m. when they wake, alert and ready to tackle the world and you and any sibling that accidentally touches the edge of that notebook that one-time a long time ago used to be theirs, and lunch you will field dozens of questions. The shade snapped, up, when seven arrived and you’re right in the thick of a motherhood that looks a lot different than when you prayed for … Read More

How A Simple Kindness Can Change Your Marriage

How A Simple Kindness Can Change Your Marriage

So I had this really hard day. Or, to be more accurate, I had a really hard week. And I was close to tears by late afternoon. He asked me what was wrong and I’m sorry to say that I snapped at him. Was it not obvious? Hello...? You’d only have to take one look at all the pressures I’d been under the last five days. He stared at me and I felt a bit of guilt for the hurt I saw there. Taking it out on him. Undeserved. But not feeling guilty enough to apologize. I was too wrapped up … Read More

What Every Daughter Desires to Hear from Her Mom

What Every Daughter Desires to Hear from Her Mom

It's not easy to define what success in a relationship means because relationship is a very fluid thing. It moves and breathes. It changes with time. But I can tell you that my mother and I have a successful, close relationship. And I'm pretty sure this is one of the main proofs: I'll call her until the day she dies. My mom and I talk as much as we can in our busy lives. When I traveled around Europe, as I prepare to move across the country---it doesn't matter.  If we can't talk … Read More

Taco-Stuffed Zucchini Boats {& A World Full of Amazing Food}

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats | Club 31 Women | #zucchini

The other day we spent the evening with my husband's family celebrating one of his sister's birthdays. I love celebrating birthdays with our family because it is always such a sweet time of fellowship and really focusing on that person, making them feel special and loved. Plus, my mother-in-love is an awesome cook, so that is always an added bonus. Within the past year or so, some of the members of my husband's family have been making some dietary changes. A lot of them suffer from … Read More