Relationships

Not-So-Great Expectations

Not-So-Great Expectations

I recently gave my husband a gift. It was Valentine’s day and I didn’t want to do something boring and predictable; no, I love personal, funny, surprise gifts that take effort and planning, so I thought up a terrific one… Read more →
Airplanes, Lawn Chairs, and a Milk Shake

Airplanes, Lawn Chairs, and a Milk Shake

Our car was full of giggles, chatter, and joyful squeals on our ride home from the restaurant. We had just celebrated our daughter’s 12th birthday with two of her closest friends. The wait staff dressed in costumes and interacted in… Read more →
Finding Forgiveness

Finding Forgiveness

Forgiveness. It’s always felt like an enigma to me,  always just out of my grasp, as if trying to grab the wind. Sure, I teach it to my boys, repeat the verbiage to my husband, crave to have its puzzling… Read more →
Mara Isn’t Bitter

Mara Isn’t Bitter

If you google the meaning of Mara, you’ll find that it means bitter. This dates back to the Biblical story of Naomi. Naomi changed her name to Mara when her husband and sons all died and she was left alone… Read more →
To the Single Mom: You Are My Hero

To the Single Mom: You Are My Hero

I sat in my third grade class listening to the writing assignment, our chairs arranged in a circle with the teacher sitting directly across from me. It was the week after returning from Spring Break, and our writing prompt was,… Read more →
These Truths

These Truths

by: Leah Sweeney Though I’m not a parent yet myself, I have worked with children in some capacity for the majority of my life. I started babysitting at the ripe, young age of twelve and am now a high school… Read more →
My Mom

My Mom

When I was a kid, my mom would wake us up on a Saturday morning with so much pomp and circumstance that you would think we had somewhere really important to be. She would bust into our rooms, water gun… Read more →
She Gave and Loved

She Gave and Loved

by: Christen Vermeulen   Mother’s Day . . . I always loved this time of year. It was when the long, dreary winter and cloudy, wet spring finally gave way to sunny, warm days.  The green grass, flowers, and apple… Read more →
How Do You Know He Loves You?

How Do You Know He Loves You?

Maybe you’ve seen the movie Enchanted. It’s a modern-day fairy tale, a charming chick-flick rife with cheesy lines and songs. You know, all the stuff little (and grown) girls feed upon like zombies feed on live flesh. Before we were… Read more →
Dovie Pilney

Dovie Pilney

I was rushing through Target, trying to cram as much in my cart and schedule on a rare kidless afternoon, when I took a short cut through the sleepwear section on a beeline toward the checkout. As I was turning… Read more →
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