When talking with men

Life around home, People

Let me be clear on this: when I am most mocking and piquant about my husband, it’s a sign we’re having fun. When I start writing serious blog posts entitled Thirty Days of Honor, you can bet we’re not doing so well. Ultimate low point of our marriage, right there. Take my word for it; […]

October 19, 2014

Portraits and single ladies


Dear Single Ladies, To be fair, I must needs direct a few words your way as well. And truly, I have somewhat to say unto thee. [And they said unto her, Say on.] There is an enemy to romance lurking in the heart of every woman, single or married, as far as I can tell: […]

June 28, 2014

Scenery and single men


Dear Single Men, It’s been a while since I’ve directed any comments your way, so lest you get too comfortable I thought I’d jot a note to light a fire under your collective rumps. I may have reminded you before that most single women are not single by choice. (Is this ringing a bell? Okay, […]

June 24, 2014

A happy ending

Life around home, Walking with Jesus

When was the last time you sat down and wrote a list of the things you do well as a mom? I made one of mine, the same day I made my tongue-in-cheek-wanna-be-list-of-semi-failures-and-full-regrets. And I surprised myself by again making fifteen items without difficulty. To tell you the truth this list is harder to share […]

May 22, 2014

Another piece

Life around home, Walking with Jesus

Did you know that a person’s strengths are often also their weaknesses? You can see it in marriage—a boyfriend is good at captivating his girl with a unique strength that later drives her insane. (Before marriage: “He’s such a music guy.” After marriage: “Does he ever think of anything else?” Before marriage: “Wow, check out […]

May 20, 2014

Three hundred voices

Brain things, Life around home

Confession: I’ve never figured out when exactly you start feeling like a Good Mom. When my third child was born and I went in for her nth-month checkup, I was shocked to hear my doctor’s words: “Well, you must be getting pretty good at this by now.” Huh?? I’m Mennonite, okay? which means I’m officially […]

May 16, 2014