Reality of Connection

Marriage opens up your eyes to all sorts of things you never would have known. Have you experienced that? Of course there’s the obvious, noticing how differently men and women keep house or organize bathroom essentials (if you’re a man, realizing how many more items women consider “essentials”).

My own…

Seasons of Friendship

“Ashley and Katelyn BFF” must be scrawled or etched into several thousand trees and wooden picnic benches across the United States. When we make friends in elementary school, the thought of one day not being friends anymore never crosses our minds. Best friends forever. But is that a realistic…

Distorted by Shame

Shame has a way of draining the joy out of every part of your life. I’ve heard several podcasts recently that address how shame establishes road blocks on the road to strong relationships.

One was an interview with Dr. Curt Thompson (author of The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories…

Power in Beginnings

It’s finally fall. Full of confidence, you wake up ready for the day–the promise of cooler temperatures, hot drinks, fall festivities with friends. It feels refreshing to step into a new season.

New chances.
New schedule.
“New you,” something inside whispers.

Something about the beginning of things makes us feel more competent. Like…

Push Past Awkward

“Making friends is hard when you’re shy and awkward.”

That popped up last week as I scrolled through my Facebook feed. It wasn’t a meme, just a friend who recently moved and is looking for a place to belong. It’s such a common theme to our lives these days. So…

Guilt & Regret

It’s easy to feel guilty when a loved one dies.

We suddenly remember all the things we never did with them. All the promises we broke. All the times we could have gone to see them but didn’t. Piled on top of the sorrow we already feel, we can feel…

When Conflict is Necessary

Conflict is unavoidable in relationships.

I didn’t used to believe that–I was the quiet friend all through childhood and into high school. If I disagreed with someone or they said something offensive, I typically stayed silent. Because of that, I always had someone to hang out with. But it also…

The Next One Thing

 

I have a problem. A procrastination problem. Any other professional procrastinators in the room? Our tasks tend to pile up until they finally can’t be put off any longer, at which point we no longer have 3 things to accomplish, we have 12. And not enough hours in the…

Soft Comfort in Grief

Reflecting on my last post, I thought I’d give our furry family members another spotlight mention for how they’re able to effortlessly soften the blow of grief.

We all handle grief and loss in different ways. Whether we get angry, pull away from everyone, or try to just power through…

Our Fuzzy Companions

We adopted a kitten recently. It wasn’t really an active decision. One evening this teeny tiny grey marbled fluff ball appeared in our yard and my kids fell in love with it…and now it lives in our house. We already have two dogs that live in the backyard, and…

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