When Stubborn Pride is Pulling Your Strings

stubborn pride

I am well acquainted with Stubborn Pride. I have listened to that wheedling, guilt-inducing voice too many times in my life, and it has never ended well. As a matter of fact, I learned some time ago that when I am really struggling with fear of failure, I can find it lurking nearby, working my emotional […]

Saturday Sips: Encourage the dreamers

encourage dreamers

    I recently wrote about giving your children the freedom to dream and shared an interview I had done with a young man who wished to become a Navy SEAL. Being a parent of any child is difficult, especially when they choose a goal that is challenging, takes a great deal of courage, and […]

Great expectations create happier marriages

great expectations create happier marriages

  If you have hung around here for any length of time, you know I am an optimist. Yes, I struggle with being discouraged, annoyed, and even angry sometimes when things aren’t working out as I had expected. However, I remain overall, a believer in expecting the best. You could say that in my world, […]

How to choose a Mother’s Day gift that hits the heart

how to choose mother's day gift

   A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to […]

The peril of being Possibility Impaired

peril of being possibility impaired

  Have you ever heard the expression Possibility Impaired? I hadn’t until I read a real estate book by Gary Eldred. He wrote about home owners who couldn’t see the potential—the possibilities—in their properties. I immediately thought about how applicable this phrase was to so much of our lives. Please allow me share a couple […]

Finding joy in the journey

finding joy in the journey

Our family went on a summer vacation to Alaska a few years back. I assumed it would be easy finding joy in the journey: Family, cruise, new shores to explore! What’s not to love?   According to WeatherSpark, we would be enjoying daytime July temps of 63 degrees or so. However, our reality looked a lot […]

Valentine’s Day: 5 tips for a delightful celebration

valentines day

    Jay Leno said, “Today is Valentine’s Day. Or, as men like to call it, Extortion day.” The best humor always has a smidge of truth in it, doesn’t it? Jay’s comment is no exception. There is an air of huge expectancy from the women for their men to perform above and beyond on […]

Cabin Fever: Time to take action

Cabin fever-time to take action

    Welcome to the Too Darn Happy Cafe, where the sunshine is always bright and the afternoons warm!   This morning I realized that for the first time in my life, I am not suffering from cabin fever. I grew up in New England where we joke that summer is a week or two […]

Budgeting: Love it or hate it?

budgeting love it or hate it

It’s a new month and the new year. That means it’s time for a new budget. Woohoo! Wait—Did you not join me in my celebratory whoop? Does that mean you approach budgeting the same way you approach a spoonful of medicinal cod liver oil? You know, you stick out your tongue, make disgusting noises, and […]

Marriage: What story do you want to tell?

marriage what story do you want to tell

    Last week I discovered this wonderful question: What story do you want to tell about {fill in the blank} in the future?   Then, yesterday at church the pastor said this: Everything becomes ordinary.   I was struck by the relationship between the two in regards to marriage.   In the beginning, your […]

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