What an Adventure!

I recently returned from visiting my family in South Africa. It was an amazing trip, full of love and laughter, new baby cuddles and little girl giggles. Seeing my daughter mother her four girls and watching my wonderful son-in-law be the daddy that I always dreamed of for my grandchildren was just plain thrilling. For five weeks […]

Building Traditions That Bond

For blending families, there are a lot of “but we always did it this way” challenges that come during the Christmas season, whether it’s about food, gift giving, visiting and traveling, or even decorating. Younger children may adapt fairly easily to your new blending family Christmases, while older children may want everything the way it […]

When Christmases Clash

The Christmas season can reveal differences between the two of you that didn’t even know you had, and this time of year can even exacerbate the differences you already know you have. When you’re aware of your holiday differences, you can plan to balance them. One couple in our book, The ReMarriage Adventure, had to […]

Marvelous Mothers

My two favorite mothers are a special part of my life—on either side of me—my 90-year-old mother who has been a gift in my life and my precious daughter who has blessed me with her love, marrying a wonderful man, and giving me two wonderful granddaughters. Both of these fine women have brought me so […]

What about Family and Children’s Needs?

When there are kids in the home, it’s often critical for you as a couple to take a long-term view of blending-family life. Yes, in the short term, you’ll probably be sacrificing many of your wants and desires—and sometimes even your needs—so you can meet the needs of your children. But it’s important to keep […]

The Precious Gift of Nature

Chipmunks scurrying around my feet. The wind blowing in the pine trees. The campfire crackling and burning brightly. A hawk diving for its prey. The sights and sounds of nature. It’s energizing. It’s inspiring. It’s peaceful. They are nature’s gifts. As I write, my husband and I are enjoying a camping trip in Durango, visiting […]

Adventure in the In-Law Journey

In-laws often get a bad rap, and some deservedly so. Some in-laws are way too involved in their adult children’s lives. Some make rude comments or give unwanted opinions. Some reject the son or daughter-in-law outright and create a family rift. Some see only the weaknesses of their adult child’s spouse and treat them with […]

A Life Lived Well

We recently celebrated my mother’s 90th birthday with a big party, a week at a cottage on the St. Lawrence River, and many hours of laughter and reminiscing. She is an example of a life lived well. It hasn’t been an easy life for her. She grew up as a poor farm girl where the […]

Joy in Parenting

My son’s birthday is today, and I rejoice in the gift of his life and the blessing of being his mom. He’s a busy man, managing three restaurants and making his way in this world. He loves to fish and camp and enjoy the great Colorado outdoors, but he always finds time to connect with […]

Celebrating Motherhood

Sometimes it’s a challenge, at best, to really celebrate Mother’s Day. Like me, your kids may be away or your mother might be on the other side of the country. And that can bring a bit of sadness, even feeling sorry for yourself for a minute or two. It’s not so much fun when you […]