7 Tips for Staying Connected to Your Spouse When You Live Apart

Let’s be honest. Marriage is hard. But marriage when your spouse is working in a different city is a whole other level of complicated. Because while living in two cities removes some of the minor day-to-day annoyances that may happen in other marriages—like having to put the toilet seat down in the middle of the […]

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The Top 5 Parenting Resolutions for 2018

By Quinn Kelly, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Here’s a riddle for you: What one thing is broken more than anything else within one week of having it? ANSWER: A New Year’s Resolution. Okay, so that may not be the funniest joke, but it probably isn’t far from the truth. Because New Year’s resolutions seem […]

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The Christmas Eve We Almost Hit Someone || When God Goes Before Us

I’m confident she was trying to kill herself that night. And the more I consider the circumstances, the more confident I become. There was nothing about her actions or location that made sense. It was like she had made up her mind to do it. She was resolute and determined. And Christmas Eve was the […]

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Help! My Kid is Not Good at Anything.

Your friend rushes to your table and apologizes for being late to your monthly lunch date. “I’m so sorry.” She says. “I just got back from Max’s private cello lesson. He’s headed to Nationals next week.” “Oh, wow. I didn’t even know he played cello.” You reply. “Isn’t soccer more his thing?” Your friend nods […]

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To Be The One

We’re rushing out the door five minutes behind—per usual—as my children all begin to let out a request or demand of some sort toward me. “Mom!!! I can’t find my blue shoe.” My oldest yells out. “Mom, what happened to my swim backpack?” Another son continues. “Mommeeeee, he hit me.” My three-year-old wales. And as […]

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6 Ways to Stand Out for Being Authentic in a World that is Sick of Fake

I love to look at beautiful things. I mean, who doesn’t? A gorgeous flower. A breath-taking sunset. A child’s face so precious it makes your heart flutter. The things of natural beauty in the world, they warm me and keep me wanting more.  But man-created beauty while equally addictive can sometimes have the opposite effect. A […]

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8 Tips to Increase Connection With Your Child Today

Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed with parenting. We worry we aren’t doing enough for our children. Then we worry we are doing too much. So we give more. Then we pull back. Then we stress out. All the while, our little ones are growing before our eyes. As we spend time asking ourselves – […]

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Dear Child: Here’s the Real Reason You Want Me to Say No to You

There they stood. My three oldest sons. Mouths wide open. As I put a scoop of icing onto each of their tongues. This was their reward for smiling for a family picture without a meltdown. Yes. I bribe them for things like this. And yes. I am far past the phase of feeling guilty for […]

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