Earlier this month I gave a presentation on self-care for the ladies at church. Before I left the house that night, my husband asked what topic I would discuss. When I answered self -care, he asked, “What in the world does that mean?” I laughed and tried to explain that self-care is like me-time, but […]
Recent marches in our nation’s Capitol and around the country this weekend really got under my skin. I originally wrote a rebuke to the modern day feminist movement, but I deleted it. My words were not kind, and my censure was scathingly long. In hindsight, I compressed my original thoughts down to this theme – […]
Marriage is awesome! At least it’s supposed to be amazing and comforting and confidence-building and supportive and sexy and rewarding and challenging and (insert more positive adjectives here). Sometimes relationships become strained, and sometimes marriage is frustrating. Spouses get annoyed with each other and arguments happen too frequently. Unhealthy patterns can unravel a marriage, so […]
I love watching the Sketch Comedy show “Studio C.” If you haven’t already found their amazingness on YouTube, visit their channel. Not only are the funny, but their content is always family friendly. Love, love, love Studio C! Inspired by one of their Christmas sketches about Santa Claus basing gifts on the 5 Love Languages, I […]
Earlier this year I gave a presentation to a group of teenagers. After deliberating the best way to teach them how to communicate, I decided to take an alternate route by teaching them how to listen. After all, if you listen ineffectively, you’ll communicate ineffectively. The quote “we have two ears and one mouth for […]
It’s that time of year when we reflect on the things we’re grateful to have. There is beauty all around us, and making a gratitude list helps me realize all the countless ways I have been very blessed. My wise cousin, Cambri, also wrote on her blog about keeping a “beauty book.” For people that […]
Recently, my Dad has begun gardening. He dug out a section of the fence and tilled the soil for carrots, tomatoes, peppers, and more. My mom jokes that one of his new mottos is, “Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes.” Which is funny considering his daughter is a therapist. . . I’ve […]
Blame is “deceitfully liberating.” “I’m done apologizing.” “She needs to get over herself and apologize to me.” “He needs to stop this foolishness and forgive everyone.” “The world doesn’t revolve around her. She needs to get over it.” “I’ve already apologized; I’m not going to do it again.” Aww, the blame game. Sound familiar? I’ve […]
I love my babies. When my kiddo is soundly sleeping in my arms, I feel like the best mom ever. Baby snuggles are the best. And those first smiles – most precious moments in the world! Babies are pretty amazing. You know what’s not amazing? Pregnancy. Rather, the pregnancy weight. Those of you […]
Realizing that you are selfish is hard to swallow. It hurts. And you feel crummy. And you want to run away from the guilt by placing the blame on someone else. At least, that’s what I was doing. Yesterday I had a phone conversation with my Mom. She was catching me up on the […]
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