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

Date night conversation starters


Celebrations

I am aware that for every one of you who said “refreshing” on my last post, there were probably three or four who thought “alarming.” So thank you for being gentle. I’m not brewing up any more of it at the moment, and I wasn’t saying that doubt is a thing to be glorified or […]

February 14, 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

Valentine ideas needed: gifts for guys


Celebrations

Confession: It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and once again I am coming up short on ideas for a gift for The Boss. Birthdays and Christmas, I’ve found ways to shop that bring great joy to both of us. (Best of all is to poke his buddies for suggestions on fire gear or tech gadgets, and pull […]

February 8, 2015

Weekend of love


Celebrations

All the flower shops and chocolate factories are heaving a collective sigh of relief and counting up the dough. We made it. One of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day is watching men with bouquets ducking sheepishly around in stores. They look lovely and fragile and full of hope. The bouquets do too. One of […]

February 16, 2014

This stage of life and love


Celebrations, People

Confession: This post is exactly two weeks overdue. At Valentine’s Day, I gathered some perspectives on love from women at three different stages of life: a newlywed, a seasoned wife, and a single lady. I did some homework, asked for input on my questions… and then spent Valentine’s Day burying my grandpa. But love is never out […]

February 28, 2013