Self-what?

I am beating myself up this morning because I caved and got a strawberry milkshake at Chick-Fila last night. That little voice is saying, kind of loudly, “Who are you to write about self-control?” Shut it, Devil. We are all works in progress. Just because we have not mastered something does not mean we haven’t…

Life and Laundry in Glen Allen

Something I have been terrified of for most of my adult life has become a reality. I’m married and parenting in the suburbs. Please send help. I grew up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, and I hated it. Everyone seemed to live life on repeat: work, school, homework, tv, wash the cars, mow the…

Walking the Walk

This morning I texted my friend Debbie from the school parking lot after dropping off the little one. She was free, so I drove the short distance to her house and we did what we often do: walked and talked. We have a few differences, Debbie and I. Her children are grown, and she lived…

Going, Going, …

Do you ever wonder how you’re going to die? I don’t. Not really. I assume it won’t be in an accident or a dramatic illness, but that’s only because I don’t have a diagnosis and I can’t see the tractor trailer from my leather recliner. It’s going to happen, though. We do what we can,…

HAPPY BIRTHDTY

Why was I crying in the bathtub this morning? Maybe it was because I fell sideways off a stool. Maybe it’s because I was on that stool trying to find more icing because I’d run out of the supposed-to-be-purple but turned-out-gray concoction I’d mixed in the Easy Accent Decorator. Maybe I needed more icing because…

Contentment

Last night, gathered around our couch and enjoying country-style donuts and a delicious Meritage from New Kent Winery, a small but awesome group of friends read through the book of James. There is such a sweetness in simple fellowship. Food, friends, God’s word and good conversation. It was an anchor in a week where I’ve…

10 Ways to Love Well

1. Treat EVERY person as if they have value and dignity. Including the ones you disagree with. 2. Treat EVERY person as if they have value and dignity. Including the ones you disagree with. 3. Treat EVERY person as if they have value and dignity. Including the ones you disagree with. Ok, Try and guess…

Fluff and other Nopes

There are lots of have-to’s in life. For instance, Ben goes to work every morning because we enjoy having a house to sleep in every night. And if I don’t do laundry, we will be the stinky family no one wants to hang out with. Yes, there are lots of have-to’s. The good thing is…

All I wanna do is Zooma Zoom Zoom Zoom

One day this will all be a strange memory. As I took my afternoon walk today (alone, obviously) I passed people working in their gardens, riding bikes, and sitting on their porches, just enjoying the sunshine. Simple pleasures. I thought of how I’ve been more patient with A in the mornings because we’re not rushing…

Mrs.Who?

Did anyone else have an identity crisis when they tied the knot? I can no longer identify as “single plump waitress living in friend’s attic with constipated cat”. No wonder I didn’t get much action on E-Harmony. Just kidding. Mostly. The truth is, I spent many years not quite fitting in with the people around…