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The Very Best Marriage Advice

Less than three years into our marriage and so late one night it was more early morning, my husband and I found ourselves with a new baby and casually discussing our divorce. To my sleepless, hormone-warped brain, someone describing heat to a person who’s never touched a hot…

Healthy Family Habits: a Top 10

(the last post in this series on family) Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables. -Spanish Proverb My friend and I settled just behind the line of what light the fire flung and observed our people much like watching a play unfold itself on stage. Bedtime songs of crickets, the…

What it is that Mothers REALLY do

  (The second of four posts in a series on family.) ‘Did you make all of these?’ Standing on two points in somewhere Oklahoma, my hand sweeps across rows upon rows of wooden knick knacks in one of those gas station junkin’ stores. Some were small enough to fit in…

When Your Family Doesn’t Get Along for the Holidays

Growing up cutting my teeth on the unrealistic expectations of Cinderella, I spent years looking for a cute boy to come and save me from my chores, waltz with me, and look at me with big moony eyes every second of every day for happily ever after. While I do…

When Your Kids Don’t ‘Get’ Advent

‘Kids! It’s time!’ I sing-song from the living room and my voice dances through each room of the house, partnering with each child to carry and deposit them directly at my slippered feet. They scramble and squeal into the room like a posse of greased pigs someone is…

Stealing Summer

When I walk outside and my shirt is immediately soaked, I know I live in Texas and that it’s hot. When I rip my family a new one for breathing air in my kitchen while I’m slicing tomatoes for dinner…hanger. There are signals that tell us specific…

Everything We Need to Know About Life: Things Learned From the River

It is very difficult to have your mind blown in high school and remain cool about it so people as ambivalent as you hope to appear don’t know you’ve just had your mind blown. I’ll never forget sitting in Mrs. Mattich’s 9th grade art class that…

Some Reasons Why Maybe You Should Get a Dog

There really are just two types of people in this world: There are  the dog people. And there are the people that the dog people don’t understand. For my whole adult life, I have been part of the mysterious second population that lives life in a fine and good…

Scene and Herd: Quality Time With Your People

(Part 2 in a series on how to make your family closer by the time the turkey hits the table on Thanksgiving Day.)  I always get that mama feeling when I should gather my people and we need to spend intentional time together. I like to call it a sixth…

Rules of Engagement

(Part 1 in a series on how to make your family closer by the time the turkey hits the table on Thanksgiving Day.) There is nothing like 5 states in 6 weeks to make you miss the people living in your house.  The only thing deeply and regrettably missing from…