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The Emptying Nest: Living Forward When the Heart Keeps Going Back

I just spent the last hour teaching my youngest daughter, Mikayla, to bake cookies. I confess I do everything much later with my fourth child.  She’ll be lucky to tie her shoes by the time she graduates. Today, however, I found myself not just moving slow, but also grumpy during the process.  I’m pretty sure… Continue reading The Emptying Nest: Living Forward When the Heart Keeps Going Back

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Mom’s Life Lesson: “Never Say Never”

Looking back at my younger self at times makes me smile; other times, I cringe. I grew up in the eighties with big hair, big dreams, and big ideas about how the world worked.  When I look into those eyes from the eighties, I see one who was very clueless and too often didn’t know it.… Continue reading Mom’s Life Lesson: “Never Say Never”

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Beyond the Body: The Real Wonder of Womanhood

Last week, Kim Kardashian made the news…again. I confess that I usually just ignore any and all news surrounding the Kardashian family. In fact, I had to Google their name to make sure I spelled it correctly.  Apparently, she and another woman (who I didn’t bother to Google) decided they would post pictures of themselves on… Continue reading Beyond the Body: The Real Wonder of Womanhood

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Secrets of Those Middle-Age Moments That No One is Telling You

“How old are you again, Mom? 44, 42, 46…?” She was always someone different, not the face I see daily in the mirror.  It feels very surreal to speak it, let alone put it in writing:  I am a middle-aged woman. I only answer so they stop before they insult me.  “I am almost 47.”… Continue reading Secrets of Those Middle-Age Moments That No One is Telling You

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Help! Where Do I Hide in this Fishbowl?

        One of my favorite things in life is being married to a pastor. First, my pastor is pretty awesome and I’m partial to doing life with him. It just makes the journey more fun when you are in love with your spouse. Second, I love the joy of watching Christ transform people… Continue reading Help! Where Do I Hide in this Fishbowl?

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Answering The Call: You’re A Pastor’s Wife?

So what were you thinking by going into ministry? I know you have a story.  We all do. You may not have grown up in church.  In fact, you may not have even had the benefit of living in a family that followed Jesus.  It may have been the farthest thing from your mind. None of… Continue reading Answering The Call: You’re A Pastor’s Wife?

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Failure Isn’t Fatal and the Times You Fall on Your Butt

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Maybe it was all those Dog Whisperer episodes.  Maybe the hours of natural horsemanship moving horses with a carrot stick made me overconfident. Either way–it was a bad idea. A few months ago, my family adopted the sweetest border collie.  She is 62 pounds of pure… Continue reading Failure Isn’t Fatal and the Times You Fall on Your Butt

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Avoiding the Bitter Pill When Bad Relationships Stay Bad

“Why don’t they ever change?” I wish I had a dollar every time I’ve heard these words.  Maybe I’d be living on a beautiful island in the Caribbean. I’ve spent a great deal of of my ministry life helping people work through a variety of difficult relationship issues. My adoptive friends and I have also personally battled… Continue reading Avoiding the Bitter Pill When Bad Relationships Stay Bad

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When You Dread Change and New Year’s Eve

I really don’t care for New Year’s Eve. There is no easy way to say that without sounding like a real downer. If New Year’s Eve could be celebrated around 7 p.m. maybe I would find it enjoyable.  I don’t remember the last time I willingly saw midnight.  Unless it involves a sick child, a hospital visit,… Continue reading When You Dread Change and New Year’s Eve