Category Archives: humor

The things I love about summer

Whenever someone complains to me about someone else in their life (spouse, child, co-worker, etc.), I advise them to make a list of all the things they like/love about that person.  Many of you know I have been on a mission to stop complaining in general, and specifically, I decided to try to accept whatever […]

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Beating the odds in marriage

For 18 years now, my husband Dan and I have been beating the odds.  In a society that devalues marriage, it is an uphill battle for anyone makes that commitment, with nearly half of all first marriages ending in divorce.  We had the additional challenges of this being my second marriage and becoming a blended […]

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Things I learned today

Do you desire knowledge?  Are you thirsting for parental wisdom?  My advice is to take a 300 mile road trip with two 14-year-olds, especially if one of them is your daughter.  Here are just a few of the things I learned today:   You don’t “become a fan” of something on Facebook anymore.  You “like” […]

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Media Free Mondays – Day 3

We went into this week knowing it would be the last time we would “have” to participate in Media Free Monday.  We finally wised up and proactively planned some things that would get us out of the overwhelming quiet of the house. Kelsey escaped the event entirely by spending all day and evening at the […]

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Media Free Mondays – Day 2

It was unanimous.  When I asked my family if they thought the second night of fasting from electronics would be easier than the first, it was a resounding “No.” Yesterday morning, Emma asked, “Are we having ‘Amish night’ again tonight?”  I laughed at her nickname for our little experiment and replied that we were indeed […]

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Media Free Mondays – We Survived Day 1!

When we decided to try Media Free Mondays, I didn’t have any “pie in the sky” expectations that we would be transformed into some cheesy TV family who always gets along.  I did, however, have some ideas of how things might play out.  I pictured myself doing a lot of reading and enjoying the lack […]

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Media Free Mondays – Day 1

As many of you know, I write a column for a regional parenting magazine, Coulee Parenting Connection.  Last week my editor and I were discussing possible topics for future articles, and I wound up volunteering my family for an experiment which should provide great material for my next editorial. I had just finished reading a […]

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I am a social dork

It’s official.  I should not be allowed to talk to famous people.  If you are my friend, please don’t ever become famous because I won’t be able to talk to you. I don’t know why, but anytime I meet someone of notoriety, especially someone I admire, I become a bashful, tongue-tied mess.  If I know […]

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The humor of asking for advice on the internet

Social networking can be many things – fun, helpful, frightening and weird – but sometimes it’s just funny. I read a lot of parenting sites to look for gems to share on PARENtEEN, something I started for Christian parents of teenagers some years ago.  Yesterday, I decided to solicit from advice from other moms on […]

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At least I’m not crazy

It started with a devotional in the morning: “I am life and light in abundance.  As you spend time “soaking” in My Presence, you are energized and lightened.  Through communing with Me, you transfer your heavy burdens to My strong shoulders.  By gazing at Me, you gain My perspective on your life.  This time alone […]

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