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My Real-life, Mid-life (Mom) Crisis

When I was a kid, I thought a mid-life crisis meant you bought a sports car because you felt bad about getting old. I also thought it was a guy thing — an old guy thing. Yet here I am, proving myself wrong: a 50-year-old mom with no sports car on the horizon,...

My Real-life, Mid-life Mom Crisis

5 Ways To Help Your Kids Build a Solid Identity

We are in an all-out identity crisis these days. Though it is part of the human experience to try to sort out who we are at different stages of life, never has that need become as critical or as urgent as it is right now. Whether it’s about gender, sexual...

5 Ways to Help Your Kids Build a Solid Identity

5 Things Every Man Needs From His Wife

Hey friends! I’m back this week (as promised!) talking about marriage once again. And today, I’m focusing on you ladies out there, and how you, as a wife, can meet some very important needs of your man. To be totally honest up front, I’m feeling a bit vulnerable in...

5 Things Every Man Needs From His Wife

5 Things Every Woman Needs From Her Husband

Alright, guys, listen up. I’m talking to you, husbands, husband wanna-bes, young men, and older men. I’m also talking to the ladies: those of you who are still young and/or unmarried, and those of you in marriages that are less than fulfilling. Today, I’m putting...

5 Things Every Woman Needs From Her Husband

May We Never Forget: September 11

May we never forget that day, though nearly an entire generation has emerged in its wake; A day with piercing, sapphire skies, so typical of September. And typically, it began. The rush hour throng had subsided, and everyday people went about their everyday jobs,...

May We Never Forget: September 11

Adoption, Faith, and Radical Obedience

“Those children are yours.” I stood, somewhat frozen, with terrified assurance that it was God speaking to me. I had hiked nearly an hour up a steep jungle hill to reach the clearing where two little children and their dilapidated mud hut stood. They weren’t...

Adoption, Faith, and Radical Obedience

Should Every Christian Adopt?

November is National Adoption Month here in the US. That might not mean much to you now, but I'm going to tell you why it should. And, I'm going to challenge you to think a little more (and maybe a little differently) about what it means to adopt. First, a little...

Should Every Christian Adopt?

Desperate to Belong: Confessions of a Former Insider

I have a confession to make.  After going through all of my school years as the nerdy, prudish, goody-two-shoes type of kid nobody really liked, I finally became one of the 'popular girls.' At church.  That was never my goal, but it happened. I met this incredible...

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3 Lessons I Learned From Raising Teenagers

I've got four, count 'em, FOUR teenagers. Plus one who's graduated into early adulthood (and trust me, sometimes that still counts). They are all good kids, each one making us proud in so many ways. I love them all to pieces, but holy moly, this season can be...

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