• 3 Cozy Date Night Ideas to Slow Down the Holiday Rush

      The older I get the more I find myself fighting against the “busyness” of the Christmas holiday season.  On one hand I love all the traditions and events we do during December but on the other hand, I find myself wanting to slow down, take a deep breath and...

  • What to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Celebrating

    Holidays can be the best of times or the worst of times.  Hopefully for you, holidays are full of fun family dinners, decorations, traveling, exchanging gifts, and celebrating the reason for the season.  But maybe they have become a real drag.  Between all of the “stuff” we feel we have...

  • Kids at Play: What Our Past Can Teach Us

    Exciting news!  Starting in December, my blog will be better than ever.  Want to know why?  Stay tuned, would hate to spoil all the surprises.   For this week’s blog, you may need to get out your thinking cap a little and try to remember when you had the freedom...

  • A Pastoral Message: Living a Thankful Life

    I am 100% sure of this one thing, God has a special blessing for those who are thankful.  My hope for you and your family is that you will be characterized as the type of people who don’t just “practice” being thankful one day a year; but rather it is...

  • How We Can Build Strong Communities

      You may have heard it said that “small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our communities.”  In fact, 50% of the working population in this country is either employed by or owns a small business.  Amazing isn’t it?  Every year, the first Saturday after...

  • A Veterans Day Worth Standing Up For

    Veterans Day is a holiday dear to the hearts of many people who read this blog, and for that, I say thank you.  We must all remember that Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America’s Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for...

  • Putting the “Us” back in the Holidays

    21 days to Thanksgiving—is that really possible?  November may be the kickoff to the busiest time of your year, but it doesn’t mean your marriage has to suffer because of it.  Try these cozy, simple date night ideas and see your marriage thrive during the holidays.   Thanksgiving Test Kitchen...

  • Halloween Fun Without Going Broke

    Halloween is a conundrum.  Don’t really get why it’s a holiday.  I understand Thanksgiving and Christmas but Halloween, that’s a different story.  For many families though, Halloween is something they look forward to all year long.  I have to admit that Halloween can be tons of fun but it doesn’t...

  • 5 Ways to Get Your Life Back

    If you could add more years to your life, would you?  More time to pursue your dreams.  More time with family and friends.  More time to change the world.  More time to enjoy life.  Sound good?  Learn how…. My father never liked going to the doctor.  He just wasn’t a...

  • Why Pets Improve Our Lives

    Pets rock!  Easy for me to say now, but a few years ago I didn’t feel that way.  I saw them as more of a burden, something you had to clean up after and spend a lot of money on.  But then we got Phoebe, our truly wonderful Shepherd/Doberman mix...