Two Grandmas

Twenty-five years ago, my two stepsons were 11 and 13 when their dad and I got married. To them, I have always been “Stepmother” or “my dad’s wife,” which is fine because that is who I am. However, to their children, Colin (10) and Erin (6), I’m Nana — married to Grandpa. Period. They don’t Continue »

Do You Feel Sexy?

Did you answer yes to the sexy question? If so, wonderful! I hope you share your secret with your other female friends. Chances are, though, you answered no. The majority of the time I do. Whether you are a mom or not, a lot of women struggle with the idea of being sexy. When we Continue »

How Far Would You Go?

How far would you go to improve your marriage and family? So, how far would you go? How about selling your house to travel around the country in an RV with two toddlers? Does that send chill bumps up and down your spine? It did mine when one of my cousins told me about her Continue »

Discover Your Love Language

What if you could say or do just the right thing guaranteed to make that special someone feel loved? People express and receive love in different ways. The secret is learning the right love language! Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the New York Times best-selling book The 5 Love Languages, identifies these as the five Continue »

Cousin Camp

My husband John and I recently hosted our 3rd annual “Cousins’ Camp.” It was exhilarating, , enlightening and exhausting! This year we had 8 campers ages 4-12.They dubbed themselves “the exceptionally awesome eight!”

Family Reunions and Kids

Is an extended family gathering on your calendar for this summer? Most of these events are planned by middle agers who want their kids and grandkids to know their cousins, aunts, and uncles. That was the situation last summer for a young friend of mine, her husband, and their children. Their family loaded up all the gear for Continue »

Burned by Betrayal

Have you ever felt betrayed by a close friend? How about a business associate? A spouse? Has someone ever spread lies about you to ruin your reputation? What about having to watch — helpless — while a former friend or loved one used an unscrupulous lawyer and false accusations against you, all in the name of greed? Or, Continue »

A Lesson From the Little Ones

My son John and his wife Alysia came for a week after Christmas with their four little ones, ages 6 and under. It was a chaotic, energetic, noisy, exhausting, and absolutely wonderful time. All was not calm but it was bright. I got up early with the kids so the weary parents could go back to bed. Continue »

A Lesson from the Little Ones

My son John and his wife, Alysia, came for a week after Christmas with their four little ones, ages six and under. It was a chaotic, energetic, noisy, exhausting, and absolutely wonderful time. All was not calm, but it was bright. I got up early with the kids so the weary parents could go back to bed. Continue »

Mother/Daughter Conversations

Recently, I watched the movie “Monster-in-Law” starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. The movie centers on the unfortunate relationship between a young, newly-engaged woman and her future mother-in-law. The mother-in-law is adamant that her son, her pride and reason for living, never marry. She is intolerant, very controlling, and manipulative toward his fiancee. It was a Continue »