How to Build a Kind and Confident Young Man

How to Build a Kind and Confident Young Man

I could feel his sweet blue eyes studying me. Watching me as I worked. Taking note as I built a fire to take off the early morning chill.  My husband was out-of-town and this fireplace is how we like to heat our home. So it fell to me to light a cozy, crackling fire. I was merely doing what needed to be done. But I could sense our son's concern. "That looks like a man's job to me," he quietly observed. I smiled up at him. Not really minding. I'm actually a rather fine fire-builder, … [Continue reading]

25 Tips I Want to Share With Younger Wives

25 Tips I Want to Share With Younger Wives

She asked if we could meet for coffee. Clearly, something was on her mind. She's a wonderful young lady and full of the hopes and dreams that come with youth. She wants a beautiful marriage. Yet she’d also been around long enough to know that a strong, loving marriage isn’t a guarantee. So we sat down in a quiet cafe and she asked me outright. What does it take to build a lovely marriage? What advice could I give? What would keep the two of them loving each other in the years to … [Continue reading]

3 Great Reasons to Party With Your Kids

3 Great Reasons to Party With Your Kids

You might not believe this, but I'm an introvert at heart. For instance, my idea of a wonderful Friday night is curling up in my favorite place on the couch and getting lost in a good book. Or maybe popping up a humongous bowl of popcorn and watching Wives and Daughters  for the forty-eleventh time with the family. Basically? Quiet and mellow. But our God gives good gifts. And sometimes a few surprising ones. So He gave us a daughter who is the Ultimate Party Planner and I'm telling … [Continue reading]

My Husband is My Real Hero (and I hope he knows it)

My Husband is My Real Hero

The Lone Ranger lives on. No, really he does. I know this because most every weekday our little boys run next door and watch him save the Western Frontier over at Grandpa's house. It's 3:00 in the afternoon and the whole house shakes as they come pounding down the stairs and go flying out the front door. Slam! Slam! Slam! Three boys. Three slams. Without fail. And even though this event takes place nearly each day, it's still a special occasion. The Lone Ranger. Grandpa. And Fruit … [Continue reading]