The secret life of Ryan Zook


Celebrations

When I awake early on Valentine’s Day I am alone It takes a moment to remember why. Oh yes. Early ministers’ meeting.   Often at night I wake to find him gone Or wake to find him returning. I expect him to be warm, come from checking on the kids Or using the bathroom But […]

February 14, 2018

What I’ve *not* learned in marriage


People

This is the finale of a little series on marriage. Start at the beginning here. How to make firm decisions in his absence How to enjoy giving him gifts of really-boring-guy-stuff-that-he-knows-he’s-getting-because-he-picked-it-but-he-still-wants-badly How to stop talking when we’re on a date How to spend without guilt the money he earned for us How to make excuses for […]

June 9, 2017

What I’ve learned in marriage: to worship


People

Confession: It took me a long time to circle around to the most basic marriage secret of all. I don’t mean here on my blog. I mean in actual living. If my marriage is to be successful (radiant, life-giving, and permanent), I have to believe my husband is the best thing since sliced bread. NO […]

June 8, 2017

What I’ve learned in marriage: to give sometimes


People, Promoted

Let’s say that the mister and missus are going outside to dig in the yard. Maybe she needs a new flowerbed, or maybe the septic system is acting up again. One of their two shovels is a little unwieldy; the other is the perfect size, strong and reliable, with a comfortable handle grip.
WHO GETS THE BETTER SHOVEL?

June 5, 2017

Love


Celebrations

Confession: One of the reasons I can get away with tweaking my man so much on this site is that he has a great appreciation for sarcasm and humor. And the other is that I secretly adore him. Though I am bold in telling others to pursue it, love itself is to me a deeply […]

February 16, 2015