Pivot—Small Steps, Big Change


Pivot. I’ve been thinking a lot about small steps that create big changes this summer. Why? Because my 15 year-old son is learning to drive. I was a cool, laid back mom for the first few weeks of driving lessons. I mean really cool. No yelling. No freaking out. I was very supportive and encouraging. […]

Trusting God through the Parenting Marathon

Trusting God through the Parenting Marathon

I sneak a peek at Emily over my latte, watching her stir a tall glass of iced tea. She’s a young woman now. That little girl who wanted me to read Cinderella over and over until she had it memorized has disappeared. Somewhere between snuggles, ballet recitals and homework Emily grew into this strong woman […]

5 Ways to Savor the Summertime


Do you ever feel like the summertime isn’t real life? The weather is a little too good to be true (we get more than 40 inches of rain per year where I live in Washington!). It seems like everyone is leaving work early and taking off Fridays to go camping. The kids are out of […]

5 Ways to Bring out the Best in Your Friends

5 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Your Friends

My lifelong friend Jennifer and I met when we were 6 years old. While the other little girls played sports and climbed the jungle gym, Jennifer and I talked while we walked around the field that surrounded the playground. 34 years later we’re still talking. Even though we’re separated by 175 miles we somehow find […]

Does He Love Me?

Does He Love Me

In John 11:5–6 we see this strange paradox: “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days” (emphasis added). Jesus loved…yet He stayed where he was. He loved…but He didn’t show up when He was expected. How can that be? […]

5 Tips on Finding the Best Counselor for You

5 Tips for Finding the Best Counselor for You

If you’ve never been to a counselor you might imagine therapy to be a little like the movies. Enter a middle-aged doctor with distinguishing salt-and-pepper hair who sits in a chair with a notebook opposite the patient lying prostrate on a leather couch. “Tell me why you hate your mother.” Let me assure you, it’s […]

How I Got Fired By My Teenage Son


  This year I got fired for the first time in my life. I really wasn’t expecting it. I thought I was doing such a good job.  I had great reviews and some pretty good perks. But out of nowhere I was let go. My 15 year-old son fired me from my position as his […]

The Cure for Self-Deception

the cure for self deception

We’ve all said it to our spouses and to our kids: “I wish I could record you right now! Then you would know why I am so mad. You would be horrified at your behavior!” If they could just see themselves. It’s been said that there are three sides to every story—yours, mine and the […]