5 Reasons to Take a Break from Reality

I know. I know. You are convinced that your life does not afford for you to have the ability to get away from the rest of the world. Your life tells you that it would be selfish if you left your family for a couple days to do something for YOU, right? Sure.  Of course it does. But you don’t have to listen. You CAN make the time for you to find you!  I am the first to admit when I get away from my family too much.  I am…

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7 Ways to Be More Positive About Your Marriage Right Now

I rolled my eyes, bent over and snatched the terrycloth heap off the floor. His robe lay on the floor beside the bed exactly where he’d dropped it the night before. And there it would’ve stayed unless I picked it up. He’d already gone to work. “In addition to changing diapers, taking care of kids, and cooking the meals,” I thought, “he expects me to pick up after him, too?” Sound familiar? We (my husband and I) were weathering a stormy season in our marriage. We had young children; he…

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Patton Oswalt: Love Never Has to Die

I just saw an article online that Patton Oswalt has found love again and is engaged. My first thought was, “YES! He’s keeping the love going–awesome!” Then I read the comments… My next thought was, “Humans can really suck. Like really, truly SUCK.” So many people were shaming him because he hadn’t “waited long enough.” “This is just too soon. It won’t last.” “Rebound. How sad that he just forgets his first wife and moves on so quickly.” “I hope if I ever die my husband doesn’t replace me so…

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6 Reasons for a Family Visit to Gaylord National this Summer #sp

Disclosure: My family and I were treated to a media night at the Gaylord National. All opinions are real. The Gaylord National is one of the finest conference centers you can find, but it’s not all about business. The resort is set up for family stays—and that includes all family. From the wheelchair accessible paths outside to the lift to get into the pool, the resort caters to families with special needs and will take the pressure off, making your stay as “normal” as living in their own home. You…

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The Reason Grief Feels Eternal

Even though it’s been twenty-seven years since my firstborn’s arrival into this world, I remember how eternal those weeks following his birth were. Like many moms do, I swayed in the rocker at the foot of the crib we’d so lovingly adorned the nursery with. I twisted the dial on the bed chamber’s musical mobile and awaited its soothing melodies. I scheduled the routine, eight-week, post-surgical follow-up. And I cried. And I cried. And I cried. Leaving the hospital without the child I’d carried for nine long months was minuscule compared to…

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