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Faith, fear, and the truth that is setting me free.
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The Best Weekend Entertainment Guide {4/1/16} Awesome links to get you ready for your weekend!

Hey There, Happy Friday! I haven't posted anything in over a week.  I've been enjoying some R & R and catching up on some reading (around the internet!).  In that time I've come across some awesome articles and websites that are worth mentioning, most of which I've shared on Welcome Home Ministry's Facebook page, but if you haven't seen ... [ Read More ]

When You’re the Woman at the Well (+ Video)

The truth can be a scary thing. Child: Mom – Truth or Dare? Mom: {Eating my turkey burger} Umm . . . truth? Child: Do you love Daddy? Mom: Yes.  {That was easy-peasy.} Mom: {Afterthought} Oh…is that how this game works – I have to tell a truth or take a dare? Child: Yeap! The whole premise behind the Truth or Dare game is that ... [ Read More ]

4 Amazingly Effective Ways to Manage Pain in Marriage

There are constructive ways to deal with conflict and manage emotional pain as a wife, and then there are destructive ways.   I've chosen the destructive path a time or two (or three!) as a wife and if there's one thing I've learned as a result, it's that effective pain management is key to having a satisfying marriage.   Early on in my ... [ Read More ]

When a Trip to the Dentist Is as Good as the Spa

The sun is shining.  I’m out traveling.  A warm pre-spring breeze blows on my face.  My steps have extra bounce.  I feel invigorated!   Life is good. "Why?" you ask? I’m free! KID-FREE that is.  (Even "house-free.")  I’m out in the world without my kids, and it feels amazing!  (What a guilty pleasure.) I’m heading to the dentist – ... [ Read More ]

When a Wife Needs a Help Meet

To be a help meet or to need a help meet?  That is the question. One morning while watching cable news, I observed a prominent female anchor conduct a “power segment” of sorts with other women who were accomplished and influential in their sphere of work. With women breaking through glass ceilings more than ever before, in almost every job ... [ Read More ]

Why Every Wife Should Have Husband Envy (+ Video)

Just so you know, I want to be just like my husband when I grow up!  Yes, I have husband envy.  And you (mom) should too, here's why . . . There are some noticeable differences between Us and Them . . . between Husbands and Wives . . . between Moms and Dads.  Even the contemporary adage: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus pays homage to this ... [ Read More ]

The 1 Thing Your Husband Must Have for Valentine’s Day

Yes, I have a big reveal for the one thing your husband MUST HAVE this Valentine's Day. But before we get so deep . . . a little birdie just told me that your hubby wants you to let him kick-back and enjoy his favorite show with his favorite beverage – super chilled! He wants you to cook him a great steak (with fatty mashed potatoes) and not talk ... [ Read More ]

When My Kids Remember Me

It would seem that I'm expert at tuning out my kids. But in my defense, after having six, I've rationalized that it's a survival skill.  (Just kidding - sort of.) When my teens talk, I hear every word they say.  My young adult kids - I'm practically begging some of them for words!  But my younger ones never seem to stop talking. And I've ... [ Read More ]

The Seasons of Motherhood are like a Box of Chocolates

Gwyneth was having a good season . . . I remember watching Gwyneth Paltrow talk motherhood with Oprah on her show many moons ago (back in 2004). In her interview, Gwyneth was gushing over being a mom.  She was so beside herself that she named her daughter Apple (remember that whole controversy?)  She was radiant.  She was giddy.  She was ... [ Read More ]

Love is in the Air

Oh my!  It's February 1st!  And that could only mean one thing: the official countdown to Valentine's Day has begun.  The pressure is on! We know it's official, because almost every store has an entire isle of paraphernalia dedicated to this blessed day: teddy bears for kids and adults, long stem chocolate roses for that special someone and ... [ Read More ]

Motherhood: The Good. The Bad. The Adventure!

Motherhood is an adventure that is never predictable. Sometimes it's up.  Sometimes it's down.  It's never boring and it's ALWAYS a challenge! And I'm trying to make the most of this hair-graying, heart-racing, panic-inducing adventure ride that I can; but that's not always easy to do. My intentions all day were to sit and write a lovely, ... [ Read More ]

When Unforgiveness Hijacks Your Heart and Holds it Hostage.

My husband and I have been enjoying one of our longest streaks of marital satisfaction - ever!  After 21 years of marital harmony AND disharmony, marital accord AND wanting to strangle him with a cord (Lol!), we are finally beginning to get this marriage thing right more often than wrong.  We are both learning to side-step emotional landmines and ... [ Read More ]

Advent: Keeping Christ in Christmas

I was introduced to the world of Advent about three years ago through Ann Voskamps’ blog.  Up until that time I had no idea of what Advent was.  Sometime around the end of Thanksgiving, Ann would begin talking about Advent concepts like the Jesse Tree, special scripture readings for each day of December, a wreath with candles to be light daily and ... [ Read More ]