50th Bash

My mom planned a perfect 50th bash!70 people came out to celebrate my parents!!! Having married in Texas, she served a barbecue dinner and decorated cowboy style …complete with red, white & blue, cowboy boots filled with Blue Bonnets.My kids filled the role of waiters and waitresses.It was such a fun evening, honoring my parents, […]


We’ve all heard someone say …  and maybe we have even said similar words …“I just can’t take it anymore.”“I deserve better.”“I don’t deserve to be treated so poorly.” In the last year, 2 couples, who were good YWAM friends back in the 90s, both divorced.Their stories brought tears to my eyes.For whatever reasons, even […]

Sweet 16

Our marriage is 16 years old today! In 16 years … I graduated from Colorado Christian University.We each earned a counseling certificate … and are hoping to continue that education.We traveled to 4 countries together … and I to 4 others.We traveled to 20 states.We served on Staff with Campus Crusade for 6 years.We were […]

Back to School

We started school on Monday.Although we never completely stopped this summer …we needed to have a start day.So, Monday was it. Ready or not, we have gone back to school.I thought I might try a new schedule this year, but the kids just wanted their checklists.So, we created new checklists for this year.Instead of Monday/Wednesday […]


Many authors have penned books, trying to help men and women make marriages work.A slew of titles remind us just how different we are! 5 love languagesMen are from Mars – Women are from VenusMen are like waffles – Women are like spaghettiLove & Respect – The love she most desires, the respect he desperately […]


Learning to set boundaries has to be one of the most difficult challenges I face.I often believe the myth“If I set boundaries, I’m being selfish.” Selfishness is more of a fixation on my own wishes and desires.Although wishes and desires aren’t bad in and of themselves,but I have to keep them in line with healthily […]


This time of year, my kids start fighting.  A lot.I don’t know what it is. Boredom. (which is a word I don’t let them use or I make them work)The laziness that comes with summer.The over-stimulation that summer brings. Regardless of their excuses …they just reach a point where nothing the other does is right […]

Never Say Never

Yes.I have said never.I’m not one who thinks that every time one says never that God makes sure that’s what happens.I don’t believe that God is simply out to derail everything we don’t want to happen.But I do believe that often times we speak out of ignorance.We don’t want certain things to happen … so […]


Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.  Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.  Proverbs 16:32 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear,  […]