How Being Late Can Be Good For Your Marriage

There’s a secret code between lovers. Bill and I have a few acronyms known only to us, hieroglyphics dashed off on the edge of his journal during church or at the top… Continue reading right here

The Lie Every Parent Believes

At least once, but most likely a thousand times, parents believe things will never change. This starts early. I breastfed all of our boys the “standard” amount of time for my generation… Continue reading right here

One Way to Sabotage Love

Sometimes there is so much naivety in a room it’s hard to think straight. Especially if the room is full of twenty-something seminary students. In a Baptist church in Texas. On a… Continue reading right here

A Long Way Off: Chapter Five

“Oh Lord, make him behave today,” I cried at 7:50 a.m. as I stealthily slid our van away from school. In a paranoia born of my own pain I sensed everyone’s eyes… Continue reading right here

When Your Husband Doesn’t Know What to Say (Or: You Have to Wait a Few Years For the Epic Conversations)

When men don’t have anything to say, they say nothing. And we, the women in their lives who fancy ourselves finely tuned social creatures who always know what to say, get angry… Continue reading right here

Sex, God, and the Single Life

I know first hand a little of what it takes to get a book published. In fact, the near impossibility today of getting a publisher’s attention unless you are a household name… Continue reading right here

A Mother’s Confession To Her Prodigal

Dear Son, It’s been over five years since the night that hallmarked, to me at least, your return from the far country. Historians surely lessen epic turning points when they plot them… Continue reading right here

Magical Mystery Tour

This is not a photography-driven blog. And most days I’m fine with that. But when my friend Tina from The Long Farewell sent me pictures from the afternoon we spent together in… Continue reading right here

Three Reasons I’d Rather Die Than Have Faith

At the end of my junior year of high school, I won—uncontested—the role of Tennessee Student Government Corresponding Secretary. My fellow officers and I got to skip school from time to time,… Continue reading right here

One Thing That Will Improve a LOT After Your First Year of Marriage

“I know you were exaggerating,” Bill says, smiling across the table from me at one of our new favorite pubs, “but did I really make you cry every day our first year… Continue reading right here

What a Boy Smells Like

I’d lean over to kiss your head, overcome by a feral animal scent mixed with beef jerky, the odd fragrance of bog, and unashamed boy sweat. I loved it. Or at least… Continue reading right here

Lessons I’ve Learned From Our Kids About “Failure”

You and I know that failure can be a time-release sort of blessing. We bide our time through the pang of it until it does what we know it can eventually do… Continue reading right here

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