Where Do Wedding Traditions Come From?

The world is on lockdown and events of all kinds are getting canceled or postponed. One group people that are particularly sad about life grinding to a halt are brides- and grooms-to-be. While most vendors are being kind enough to offer refunds, couples still have to deal with the disappointment of not getting to have [ keep reading ]

It’s Okay to Say No (When You Really Want To)

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Lately, my youngest daughter, who is five, is on a daily mission to make me breakfast. Naturally, I want to encourage her tendency to be helpful and kind, so I don’t say no. Instead, I usually thank her profusely and then eat said breakfast while she delightfully watches my every bite. The problem here is [ keep reading ]

Toxic people: Stop them from draining your energy

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Before  you read the rest of this post, pause and think of all the people in your life. Think of your family members, friends, co-workers, social media connections and more. Now, ask yourself this question: Are there toxic people in my life? Who came to your mind? Define “toxic person” as anyone who makes you [ keep reading ]

Christian wedding ideas: Ditch the garter!

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I’ll admit it. When I married my husband more than three decades ago, we included several traditions in our reception festivities because they were the norm. I can’t say that I ever even considered doing things differently. Back then, you just did things the way they were always done. In recent years, I’ve attended weddings [ keep reading ]

10 offers your husband can’t refuse

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My husband has been feeling terrible for days. He never complains, but I see him dragging himself out of bed each morning and wrapping in afghans on the couch in the evenings. I hear him shaking ibuprofen from the pill bottle before he leaves for work. I feel the warmth of his cheek when I [ keep reading ]

Chaperone tips you’ll want to keep in mind

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Do you have teenagers in your household? If so, do you often act as a chaperone on field trips or pilgrimages? I just spent a weekend (as I do every year) with more than 1,000 teenagers at Mount Saint Mary’s College and Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. As always, I had a great time. Since I’ve [ keep reading ]

In Defense of Valentine’s Day

For most of my twenties, I was miserably single. Despite having a few boyfriends during those years, I think I only celebrated about two Valentine’s Days as part of a couple. (Until I started dating my husband, anyway.) I remember spending several February 14th’s deliberately dressed in black, sometimes with no makeup, grouchy and rude [ keep reading ]

Should the dog sleep in the bed with you?

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You may be like many who lie awake thinking about big questions. What am I doing with my life? What’s going to happen to my kids? What time will the fresh donuts be in the bakery case at the grocery store tomorrow? Not me. My big question is Why did I ever start letting the [ keep reading ]

Secrets to a happy marriage: Kiss, a lot!

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Are you in the middle of your having-babies-raising-a-family-building-a-career phase in life? If so, you might think it difficult to imagine being married more than 50 years.  After all, you’re just trying to make it through this day, right? You no doubt have high hopes, however, for finishing the journey right alongside the one with whom [ keep reading ]

Do Men Need to Ask a Father to Marry His Daughter?

I got engaged on my 30th birthday. My then-boyfriend, now husband, and I discussed getting married before then, so the proposal was a surprise, but not totally out of left field. That discussion only involved the two of us because, as fully grown adults, it directly affected only us. Some of you reading may think [ keep reading ]

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