One, Two, Three, SLIDE!

paid gameOne, two, three . . . SLIDE! Ever play that board game where your game piece is advanced more quickly because you hit a space on the board that propels you forward? Oh sure, the black dots on the dice you rolled declare the number four, but when you move your piece and count out the next four spaces, that fourth space has a special symbol that denotes the slide rule Read more

The Power of Preparation

paid meal prepThere is something about the emotion I feel when I attend a “froufrou” event. Froufrou is an adjective describing something “very heavily decorated and fancy.” I’m sure you’ve attended a women’s event or bridal shower of this sort. You know, the kind where every “t” has been crossed and every “i” dotted. From gorgeous stemware to layers of linens on the tables down to the background music and the elaborately prepared meal, no sense has been overlooked. Immense preparation and forethought goes into the planning of such an extravaganza. Read more

Can We Fast-Forward this Part?

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 9.41.56 PMAs a writer, one of my favorite pastimes is watching a great drama. Storylines and character development not only entertain but fascinate me at the same time. You can find my husband refilling his soul on a motorcycle or a morning duck hunt, but my sport is movie watching. Give me a remote control and a two-hour drama, and I’m one happy couch potato. Read more

How Are Your Roots?

rootsIs it just me, or are any of my middle-aged readers constantly having to get their roots dyed? Seriously, if more than four weeks go by, I have a white stripe down the center of my dark head and can be easily mistaken for Cruella de Vil or a frisky skunk. Read more

Was Your Father’s Day What You Expected?

chewing gumCountless hours of my childhood were spent running around the park of Disney World. My dad started working there the day they opened and was still getting free tickets thirty years later. Most of the tourists’ children spent their once-in-a-lifetime trip making sure they had conquered Space Mountain and enjoyed the classic rides like Dumbo, but for those of us who were employees’ kids, we got to know all the ins and outs of some stores that often got overlooked by visitors on a mission. Read more

Simple Steps

Concept conceptual 3D male businessman on stair or steps over suPicture Jesus preaching to a crowd. Luke 9:12-17 tells us that a multitude of people had followed Jesus out to a remote place where He taught them about the kingdom of God and healed those who needed healing. Late in the afternoon, His disciples urged Him to send the people away so that they could get something to eat. Jesus responds to them, “You give them something to eat.” Read more

Waiting and Waddling

Screen Shot 2017-05-29 at 9.11.10 PM“Hello?” “Have you not had that baby yet?” my dad asked in his Alabama-born accent. “Nope.” I’m sure he could sense my deflated mood across the phone line. “Do you think that I would have already had the baby and not called you?” I snipped with a little chuckle to mask my frustration.  Read more

What is Screaming the Loudest in your Life?

Guest Blogger: Tanya Jo

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 9.29.31 PMEvery Wednesday a group of wonderful women meet at my house for small group. They all come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but what unites them is their desire to become a MOM. This was me more than six years ago and my heart behind leading the small group. I want the women to know they aren’t alone and to give them hope. Plus God has a lot to say on the subject. Read more

Our Kids: Can We Love Them Too Much?

The parenting instinct is a strong force. One episode of the nature channel will cause you to forever keep your distance from a mother and her young. I remember watching a cat get viciously bombarded by some blue jays. TMom And Sonhe commotion I witnessed from the bird parents who were guarding their young was shocking. The screeching was unlike anything I had ever heard. Our neighborhood cat strolled underneath a tree that held the nest where their babies (who just days before had shed their shells) were now sleeping. Read more

Does it Smell in Here?

Disgusted woman closing her nose and smelling something bad isol“Oh my word! What happened in here?” I yelled as I opened the front door to our house. The entire place smelled like a porta potty at a county fair. My mind focused as I went into “sniff-it-out, blood hound-on-the-hunt” mode. Something rotting in the garbage disposal? Maybe a trash can that had been harboring a dead rodent I wasn’t aware of?  Read more