Does Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder or Colder?

Does absence really make the heart grow fonder or does it turn cold during separation? I recently got to test this old adage out with two back-to-back weekends of separation from my husband. A few weeks ago, I traveled  to Austin, TX alone to meet up with friends. I left behind 2 sick children and one brave dad. All weekend, my mind wandered back home. I imagined a fussy baby, a sassy [Read more...]

Who Is Brody?

Several years ago, I met a special little boy who, through the years, transformed my understanding of God’s love for me and my adoption into God’s family. Brody Griffin is a dark-eyed, mocha-skinned beauty. His words are few and his challenges are great. Who is Brody? Brody has Fragile X Syndrome, “a genetic condition that causes intellectual disability, behavioral and learning [Read more...]

Five Favorite Date Nights

My first date with David didn’t even start out as a date. We went to a movie as friends, just as we had countless times before. Then, in a field under the stars, he asked me if I would be more than a friend. My answer, “Yes! If you hadn’t said something tonight, I would have!” We decided to get married on our second date. It was a double date and our friend said, “I [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Spouse Goofs

What to Do When Your Spouse Goofs is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife Everybody messes up from time to time. It is never fun when someone points out our mistakes or shames us for it. Marriage is a fertile ground for such finger-pointing. We are so familiar with one another that we don’t think twice about berating our spouse for their errors in judgment. Elizabeth provides [Read more...]

The No Radio Road Trip

Remember when you were dating and you could talk for hours about nothing and everything? Now that kids and jobs and budgets are a part of the picture, our conversations tend to revolve around kids and jobs and budgets. I don’t know about you, but our conversations tend to be short, business-like and to the point. They go a little something like this: What are you doing Thursday? I have a team [Read more...]

Leah the Unloved Wife

Leah the Unloved Wife is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife Light began to peek through the seams of the tent. Morning was inevitable. Leah knew Laban’s charade would soon come to a heartbreaking end. She drew the blanket close to her chin, savoring the warmth and misdirected love of her husband, Jacob. As soon as the light from the sun hit her homely face, her heart would [Read more...]