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Happy Thanksgiving! (or bust😤)

A week ago today I woke to the news that our WA State elected officials declared 'COVID' is surging, oh my!😲 so we were immediately reverted back to Phase 1.  (Notice how they've trained us to understand this term, and we all snap...

12 Secrets to Taking the ANGST Out of Your Family Holiday Gathering

(How NOT to Drive Your Kids Away at Christmas!) It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas, indeed, but smoldering beneath the festive twinkle lights, there seems to be a pervasive sense of unhappiness associated with family holiday gatherings. Do...

Surprised Myself

Hello friend, This coming Wednesday, November 11th is a federal holiday here in the U.S. when we pause to thank our military veterans; those who have served or are serving in our armed forces in peace and in war. In light...

Surprise!

It's a girl! Our precious granddaughter arrived early this morning (ahead of her due date!) to change the world - that makes 6 grands so far - and Nana Denise is gah gah and although I'm 3,000 miles away from...

Scary Mommy?

Flipping through the greeting cards at Target, I bumped into this one... "I saw Mom at the store today. (I sure hope she didn't see me!")   (Note to self: Don't be that mom) We've all been 'that mom' from time to time (I'll...

Tears in My Coffee

Today my son texted to say he would be at my door soon. I assumed he must need something as he leaves tomorrow on an important business trip, and I’m always at the ready with a stocked fridge, natural remedies,...

Letting Go: the first day of school on repeat.

There is a season when we control most everything in our children’s lives. That’s the easy season. It’s when Jesus takes the wheel when they’re about 17 we begin to lose our hair and drink more wine. It seems my…

5 Pivotal Truth Bombs to Drop on Your Kids Before They Meet Their ‘Soulmate’

Here in the USA, gittin’ hitched is averaging $25,000 - 30,000 dollars per celebration. Gulp. Great pains are obviously being taken to plan the Big Day, but judging by the dismal outcome of too many of these pricey unions, many...

So the Stock Market is Tanking – Here’s Where to Realize Your Greatest ROI

The U.S. stock market is experiencing extreme volatility in recent weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe, shrinking individuals’ investment portfolios 'overnight.' This has been especially painful, since record-breaking stock market growth had become the norm since the...

Building a Strong Foundation in Your Child: the Magic is in the Details

I’m convinced that the fundamental and distinctive characteristics and qualities of an individual - call it their moral and spiritual DNA, is formed by what is taught and trained, ingrained in them day-by-day over years and years. This process creates...

5 Priceless Practices for Your Little Leader-in-the-Making

"It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results."—Warren Buffet Beware the pervasive weak parenting culture where everyone’s tip-toeing around the tulips, afraid of crushing little Johnny and Sally. Adults driven by this misguided philosophy seem unwilling...

Valentine’s Day Blues Gotcha?? Here’s the Cure.

Here we go again. Barely got past Christmas, then the Super Bowl and now… Red. Hearts. Everywhere. Digitized, printed, wrapped, hung and glued on the whole universe: billboards, cards, candies, candles, lingerie, jewelry, steaks, and all that our men can...

This Is Us. What I’m Sure of After 37 Years of Marriage.

Lying in bed tonight, I reached over to touch my Gregory. I felt his warm skin at my fingertips. That same firm, broad muscled shoulder, same manly smell I’ve known for 37 years, and I wanted just to lay there,...

Entertaining with Children: Build a team, not a hierarchy!

I know it sounds cliche, but it's like someone pressed FF on the remote and the holidays are here again! Before you get lost in the overwhelm, keep reading because this season is a fabulous opportunity to work a priceless principle into your...

Mommy, when you can’t see beyond the mess…Let ME be your eyes.

After 34 years of parenting, I’ve put on a lot of miles in my journey as a mom. I’m now one of those people you young parents scratch your head and ponder…an empty nester. Yes, I’ve crossed to that mysterious...