Do you notice how Mom is the one who makes the holidays happen? Mom is the one who shops for gifts, decorates the house, prepares holiday meals, and plans special activities. Mom is also the one most likely to end up frazzled, exhausted, and snappy by the time Christmas rolls around. [Read more…]
The night before a holiday dinner I usually have a nightmare along the lines of forgetting to turn on the oven, and discovering it five hours later when the turkey is still raw. My family shows grace and laughs with me because I love to host holiday dinners, but I get, ahem, a little tense before an event involving 20 guests. [Read more…]
If you’re like me, cooking can give you a martyr complex faster than anything else, especially if you count up the hours you spend in the kitchen each week. At the same time, preparing meals is a tangible way of blessing your family and friends. Whether you heat up a frozen pizza or cook up some comfort food, you’re serving up love on a plate. Cooking is a ministry, even though we rarely see it that way. [Read more…]
Many of us balk at the idea of journaling because we think we’ll have to sit down for half an hour and write our hearts out, and who has time and energy for that? Or we remember high school teachers who required us to make two entries a week in a journal we had to turn in on Fridays. We dreaded it because what could we write anyway since the teacher was going to read it? [Read more…]
My husband and I had such a stormy courtship that we almost didn’t get married. In fact, the same day that I bought my first wedding dress, we broke off our engagement, and I spent the next 24 hours sobbing on the couch. Unbelievably, after another three years of on-again, off-again long-distance relationship, we finally tied the knot, but I chose a different dress to go down the aisle!
The conflict we experienced while dating gave me a hint that couples don’t just live happily ever after with no effort. Sure enough, eighteen years later real married life isn’t quite as rosy as a fairy tale, but I’m still discovering that living happily ever after is something we choose by taking on the right attitudes. [Read more…]