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Self Publishing Tips

Self Publishing Tips

I have a friend who just asked me today about some self publishing tips.  How do you self publish a book?  As I was thinking about what resources to email her, I realized that many of you may also have a “book inside” and you’re wondering how to let...
Mother’s Day Celebrations

Mother’s Day Celebrations

Each year my kids grow older (3, 6 and 8), the Mother’s Day celebrations keep getting better and better it seems.  I can’t think of anything to top the essay my oldest Ethan wrote about “Why My Mother Deserves the Prize for Mother of the Year.”...
10 Reasons Why I Love Being a Mom

10 Reasons Why I Love Being a Mom

This morning, my son Ethan asked James with great sincerity, “Do you like being a dad?” James belted out, “I LOVE BEING A DAD!” I love that brief interaction that means so much.  When we as parents love what we do, we pass that positive...
Stressed Out?

Stressed Out?

Stressed out this week?  Feeling like you need a break, a maid, a chaffeur, or a twin to get all your stuff done?  Dealing with stress is a reality for most of us. Take a deep breath.  Forget stress for a moment and check out this drawing by my second cousin who is a...
DREAM Marriage Key #1:  Domestic Tranquility

DREAM Marriage Key #1: Domestic Tranquility

Download the podcast or listen to it now:   When your husband walks in the door, does he breathe a sigh of relief or does he quickly duck and hide?  In this podcast, you’ll learn the first key of having a DREAM marriage: D – Domestic Tranquility R E A...
Easter Photo Album

Easter Photo Album

Here are some of my favorite Easter photos from this weekend. Lucy is all about the Easter bunny.  She loves, loves, loves that bunny!  I tell her that the Easter bunny represents new life and there’s new life in Christ. My favorite photo is Lucy dressed up as...

An Unusual Easter Text

As you think about the events of Easter, perhaps you consider happenings such as the Last Supper, Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane, Judas’ betrayal, and Christ’s death and resurrection.  And rightfully so! But if you turn, not in the Gospels, but to the...
10 Easter Moments for Kids

10 Easter Moments for Kids

If your children are being raised in Sunday school, it’s possible that they hear the word Easter and think, I already know about that.  In fact to be completely honest, that’s true of us adults too. Why not make some Easter moments for kids that will come alive this...
Kids Home for Spring Break:  Now What?

Kids Home for Spring Break: Now What?

Your kids are home for spring break.  Now what are you going to do with them? My kids have two weeks off for spring break.  In the past, we have taken road trips or had visiting relatives.  These things are exciting. This year, there are no travel plans.  No incoming...
The Dreaded Bike Ride

The Dreaded Bike Ride

My husband James usually bikes the kids into school.  If he can’t, I usually drive them.  This morning however he asked, “Would you like to bike with them?”  The dreaded bike ride.  The real answer was, “No.” But the good mom in me wanted...
Andy Freeman and the Motorcycle Ride

Andy Freeman and the Motorcycle Ride

Download the podcast or listen to it now:     I have been blessed to have some awesome bosses in my life.  When I worked as a features producer at The 700 Club, Andy Freeman was the director of our division.  He led with excellence AND fun.  I remember how...
25 Date Night Movie Ideas from Netflix

25 Date Night Movie Ideas from Netflix

It’s time to unwind and relax.  You want to get a movie to watch that both you and hubby will enjoy.  But you don’t know what to get next.  Here are 25 date night movies that James and I have enjoyed from Netflix.  They are not in order of preference. 1....
Keep Dating Past Valentine’s Day

Keep Dating Past Valentine’s Day

How did your Valentine’s Day go last week? I talk often about dating on a budget because many people ask how to go out without spending too much money.  I’m happy to report James and I went out on a cheap date for less than $25 on Saturday night to...
Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day friends!  I spent much of the day with the MOPS and Moms Next group at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana.  We talked about how to have happier husbands so it was a good reminder to all of us (me included) on this holiday. I came home...
In the Media:  K-LOVE and Coffee Dates

In the Media: K-LOVE and Coffee Dates

What can you and your sweetheart do to bring a new twist to your daily grind? I talk with K-LOVE reporter Rafael Sierra today about what you can do on your  next coffee date to mix things up.  And remember – these dates work for after Valentine’s Day too!...