Saturday Sips: Smile for the camera!

It’s summertime, which means family gatherings, fun in the sun, and lots and lots of pictures. What’s that? You’re bad in back of the camera snapping the shutter, and you look awful in front of the camera? Fear not! I have practical tips and insight for you today, of course, that will help you capture […]

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

   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 […]

Joy Triumphs

  Health is the greatest of God’s gifts, but we take it for granted. It hangs on a thread as fine as a spider’s web, and the smallest thing can make it snap, leaving the strongest of us helpless in an instant, and in that instant, hope is our protector, and love, our panacea. ~Via PBS […]

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 […]

Discovering Joy: It’s up to you, but not about you, Pt 2

Welcome to the second half of Discovering Joy. If you missed the first, you can read it here. I wrote previously: I learned that really getting the most out of Allume (a recent blogging conference I attended), or any other gathering in life, really learning to discover joy right where we are, is that it is up to us, but […]

Discovering Joy: Turning neuroses into new roses Pt 1

Let’s see a show of hands: Who wants to go to a gathering of hundreds of strangers, where you don’t know anyone in real life, many who are more accomplished in their careers than you, have more friends, are more famous, well-spoken, fashionable, thinner, and especially aren’t just so darn plain-Jane average like you? Nobody? We […]

How to create a deeper connection with your husband

Do you ever feel like you and your husband aren’t really connecting? Do you sometimes think it doesn’t matter what you do, that it won’t bring you closer anyway? To the contrary, it does matter, very much. You just need to know the secret password.   There’s an old cartoon classic, Ali Baba Bunny, in […]

A cure for cabin fever

What season is it in your part of the world? Here in the Northeast U.S., we are coming to the end of winter, thankfully! Similar to a BMW, we can go from slightly above zero to sixty not in a minute, but definitely over the course of a day. The morning can dawn below freezing, […]

The circle of life brings big gifts in tiny packages

  I’ve updated this post from a year ago, in honor of our circle of life that will soon be expanding.   I look back over the rocky chasms and green fields of the past almost 30 years, and zoom in on those beginning months that were shaping me to be a parent. Yes, we […]

Love by the Book-Part 2

Welcome to Part Two of Love by the Book! If you missed Part One, you can find it here. If you read it last week and took action, I’d love to have you share in the comments how it helped. In honor of love and marriage and to help grow stronger and more satisfying relationships, […]

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