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I began this blog in the hope I can share encouragement through the thoughts and musings of a Christian wife, mom, daughter and woman in her (youthful) fifties. 😉

Perhaps some may think this could be as boring as drying paint.  I hope not.  I’m fearfully and wonderfully made.  I’m a pistol, a firebrand, and sometimes a very colorful character.  I’m definitely more sinner than saint, but thankfully justified, forgiven, and redeemed by His grace through Jesus Christ.

I’m not new to the blogging world. I’ve tried my hand at blogging in a few areas in which I have some expertise: travel and education.  I’ve also blogged in secret for some 3 years. For a person who loves writing, and enjoys expressing her feelings and thoughts in writing, it was a freeing and wonderful experience.  It was an attempt at exploring the many facets of me, some of which I worried might not meet with broad acceptance or approval…  the parts of me I worried wouldn’t fit neatly into the “real life” I lived.  This is how I’ve more or less lived most of my life: a wild, adventurous, and sometimes kinky heart inside, always worried about the opinions and judgment of others.   Those few who know the “real me” tend to love me nevertheless.  Along the way of my covert blogging, I was met with interesting and amazing views from people in all walks of life, people who commiserated and related, but most importantly, with approbation, acceptance, kindness, encouragement, and praise for the way I expressed myself.

Unexpectedly (and sometimes unbidden), God was working on me as I wrote my story.  What really wowed me though, was the unforeseen impact of my anonymous candor and honesty.  Both women and men, Christians (even a Pastor!) and non-Christians, enjoyed, related, and drew comfort from my words; and some were encouraged to improve their marriages.  As I shut down my anonymous blog, I had testimony after testimony from people who had not only appreciated my writing and topics, but whose lives were transformed.

Wow.  If this wasn’t God calling to me, I don’t know what is.

So, it’s time to take this show on the road:  IRL (in real life), as my kids might say.  In my fifties, it’s time to just own who I am, good, bad and ugly, even the irreverent, and to hopefully encourage others that we are ALL fearfully and wonderfully made, sinners, and fallen short of the glory of loving God.

HE LOVES US NO MATTER WHAT.

Do I have all the answers?  Nowhere near!  But perhaps together, we’ll figure it out.  Come join me on this journey, and hopefully you’ll have a thing or two to add. I look forward to hosting guest writers and telling other stories. If we can bless other women our own age with the wisdom we’ve gained, and the common issues we share, it’ll be awesome.  If we can encourage and come alongside younger women with our accumulated experiences, all the better.  And trust me, there are those enlightened guys out there who are dying to get into the brain of a woman and understand her better, and to share some of their “secrets” with us.  Welcome all!

Topics to come (and links to those available):

On Marriage:

On Parenting

  • Parenting teens and young adults
  • The tolls parenting takes on a marriage
  • Parenting fails
  • Importance of the Husband-Wife Relationship in a Family >
  • Educational Tips (especially for Christian families in a Public School environment)
  • Establishing God’s Order in your Child’s Life and in your Home (this absolutely does NOT mean I’m a neat/orderly person… just that I’ve learned a few lessons, and value this!)
  • Date Nights/Keeping the Sizzle in Marriage with young kids >
  • A Testimony to All the “Right” Intentions on being a “perfect” Mom, and losing sight of the marriage
  • What Toddlers Need from Moms and Dads
  • What School-aged Kids Need from Moms and Dads
  • What Teens Need from Moms and Dads
  • Not Allowing Kids/Teens to “Divide and Conquer”
  • When to Let your Kids Make Mistakes (and Learn from them)
  • Passport2Purity® by Dennis and Barbara Rainey (talking to your preteen about God’s plan for sexuality and purity)

On Becoming An Excellent Wife

  • Broken pasts
  • The unconditional love of Our Father
  • How to stay young
  • Friendships
  • Mentoring relationships
  • Faith forgotten
  • Faith failed
  • Faith renewed
  • Forgiveness towards those who hurt us: parents, spouses, children, friends
  • The “S” Word we women “hate” (Submission)
  • Submission by Choice >
  • Career Woman to Mom; Career Woman AND Mom
  • Transitions from Singlehood to Marriage and Motherhood in your 30s.
  • A noble wife
  • A husband’s confidence
  • Laughter,  wisdom and faithful instruction
  • An industrious wife
  • Bringing honor to your husband >
  • That “Yummy Bread of Idleness”
  • Deceptive charm
  • Fleeting beauty
  • Diet and exercise>

On Love

On Spiritual Matters

On Being a Woman: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

On The Fruit of The Spirit

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace>
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Gentleness
  • Faithfulness
  • Self-control

On Life (things to think on):>

  • What is true?
  • What is noble?
  • What is right?
  • What is pure?
  • What is lovely?
  • What is admirable?
  • What is excellent?
  • What is praiseworthy?

On Being Imperfect Me:

On Life In General: