Time & Money



“I guess we won’t be able to get recessed lights for the living room,” I sighed. One by one, the two floor lamps we had used for lighting had broken. Only a lone table lamp now lit the room. Our home is a 1950’s rancher that we’ve been remodeling. We had planned to install recessed…


One Day Apart

Being married to a worship music leader means I spend most Sunday mornings getting my family ready for church by myself. It means getting up extra early to do my devotions and be dressed before my twin toddler boys wake up. It means rushing to get them dressed and fed, gulp down my coffee, and…

Less is More

Less Is More

One crisp fall day, I sat outside my favorite Mexican restaurant with a good friend. As we munched on chips and salsa, she asked about my life as a newlywed. “It’s been good!” I responded. “I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been in my life!” This got me thinking. While I do love being married,…


Piggy Bank Holiday

I’ve hiked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, swam the turquoise waters around the Seychelles Islands, and surfed the swells off New Zealand’s coast. I’ve shopped in Prague, admired architecture in London, and scaled castle walls in Ireland. Where were my children during my international travels? Except for the castle walls — at which point…


My Free Romantic Getaway

Living in a city like San Diego has many perks. For starters, I don’t have to travel very far to whisk my husband away for a romantic getaway. So when I saw a contest to win a free night stay at the gorgeous Manchester Grand Hyatt downtown, I vowed to myself, “I am going to…


Great Expectations

I love to plan and organize. For the past three years, I’ve used these skills to coordinate the women’s retreat at my church. Yet, the planning has left me a bit “unretreated.” My mind is so preoccupied by the details, that I’m not able to wholly focus on seeking God during the retreat. A few…


Where Troubles Melt

The breaking point came on a Wednesday morning. Eleven a.m. central time. I was doing one of the many drive-by cleanings I attempt throughout the day just to maintain sanity. They start as a bathroom break. Then I take the long route through the laundry room to drop off towels from the bathroom or lonely…


Saving George

Growing up in a small town, as the daughter of the only doctor, I was deemed the rich kid and constantly teased about getting whatever I wanted. I hated it. In reality I didn’t get whatever I wanted. I didn’t get a car when I turned sixteen, and my parents were generous but had limits….

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