Intentional Intimacy

My friend and I were trying to figure our men out. We had each been married five years and each had two young children. We missed the spontaneous intimacy of our pre-children days early in our marriages. “He actually gets cranky if he hasn’t had sex in several days. It’s like he needs to have sex. And I’m so tired, sex Continue »

Adult Sons

A recent comment on our blog came from Elaine, who wrote to say: Right now the “when-then” in my life is “when our oldest son decides to include us in his life again, then I will be happy.” She wrote with an obvious sense of loss and pain over this changed relationship. I am so grateful Continue »

Peaceable Living

During those early years as a mother of four, I found that just managing the daily parenting and basic household routines required discipline and strength that went beyond my natural abilities. I was not smart enough or emotionally fit enough to do all that I wanted in a 24-hour day. While caring for and nurturing Continue »

I Still Do

As I stood there in my white strapless gown across from the handsome boy I’d been dating for years, it was easy and effortless to say “I do.” We were young, in love, and anxious to start our married life together. As we moved into our first apartment and attended college together, we enjoyed freedom Continue »

How to Be a Great Mother-in-Law

A great mother-in-law?? Okay, most days, I’d settle for just being a good one or even simply not messing up a relationship too badly. I’ve been a mother-in-law for 17 years now. We have five kids—three daughters and two sons. All of them are married, so I have both sons- and daughters-in-law. And the things I’ve learned Continue »

3 Tips to Improve Your Marriage

My husband and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary! It doesn’t seem that long ago. We told a friend’s little daughter that we were celebrating our 40th anniversary, and with wide eyes, she gasped in disbelief! It was fun. So the question some have asked, what makes marriage work? I was raised by a single mom. Continue »

Mom, What’s for Dinner?

Can you keep a secret? I’m not all that overjoyed when my kids bust through the doors and bellow, “Mom what’s for dinner?” Riveted by my latest fiction or engrossed in MomLife Today, I always seem to be caught off guard. As much as I really do love to cook, there’s a small moment when I Continue »