Renovating My Marriage

Renovating My Marriage

The waitress probably thought we were fighting; based simply on the intensity of our words, her assumption was valid. Our date night date night was evolving into a peel-back-the-layers-and-look-deeper discussion. The topic? Our kitchen renovation. This renovation has been five years in the making. My husband began updating his newly purchased home before we were…

a life well lived

a life well lived

I had the pleasure to be with grandma through five of her last days.  My arrival from the opposite side of the country was unplanned, but a welcome season of togetherness. She didn’t really know I was there — most of the time, anyway — and when she did acknowledge my presence, it was only…

Is he worth marrying?

Is he worth marrying?

Dear Daughter, If you’re reading this letter, it means that you’ve filled my heart and soul with joy; it means that you exist. If you’re reading this letter, it means that God has blessed me with the privileged responsibility of raising you, cherishing you, training you, preparing you. If you’re reading this letter, it means…

What’s your foodview?

What’s your foodview?

I eat food. I make food. I obsess over food.  I workout so I can have more food. I eat food so I can live.  I live so I can eat food. Food is divisive (carbs or low-carb?  fats or fat-free?  organic or not? gluten or none?).  Food is unifying (have you ever attended a foodless party?)….

Reading for Fun: It’s OK

Reading for Fun: It’s OK

Reading had become a chore. As odd as it sounds, that’s what happened. I had spent the majority of my childhood identifying “reading” as my foremost hobby, I had voraciously devoured multiple books a week, and had routinely won the local library’s summer reading program. Somewhere along the way, my default leisure activity switched to…

True or False?  Fighting the Lies

True or False? Fighting the Lies

Lately, the mean voices are particularly loud. On repeat, the angry mantras march through my thoughts, echoing their erroneous chorus and stifling the realities I know to be true. When I hear it enough, I start to believe it. “You are ugly.” “You are fat.” “You are a failure.” “You’re dumb.” “You’re not [good/smart/fast/strong/beautiful] enough….

Spreading Smiles

Spreading Smiles

I’m a girl. I have grumpy, self-centered days. The end. (Or not.) On yet another dreadfully difficult, supercharged emotional day, I wasn’t exactly living like Pollyanna. My heart heavy, my mind foggy, my words muddled. Seeing people and smiling at them was the LAST thing I wanted to do, but I had to make it…

The End.

The End.