A Really Long Downhill Toward Freedom

Ben gave me a 20-week Fitness Challenge which will take us right through summer and hopefully become so habit forming that we never stop doing a little something every day that is good for us. Together, we have walked and ridden bikes and even tried a little running. We are building up our hearts and lungs with longer walks to get ready for even more running. We live in the country and have endless paths to walk or ride in every direction with lovely views all around. ...more

Sunday Musings: God, Communication, and Airline Customer Service

This past week I had the wonderful pleasure of going to visit a cousin I barely knew growing up. We had the most amazing visit getting to know one another; learning about our respective childhoods; learning about our relationships and marriages, etc....more

Recognizing Your Influence

As you go through life, it’s hard to pinpoint why you are the way you are. It may be something you don’t allow yourself the time to consider. But you should. Being able to draw a parallel between your past and present life is an empowering tool. You can avoid so much strife by learning yourself and what makes you click. Everyone has heard the phrase “lead by example”. In my case, I’ve learned to “love by example.” But what happens when the example you follow isn’t positive?...more

How to Manage Your Connection with Your Child to Help with Child Raising Challenges

Discover how to connect with your child with greater consciousness by understanding how connection between people works. Find your natural connecting style and learn how to choose the way you connect to help you with all types of parenting challenges. Connecting with your children and with other people is something we all do but is also something few of us understand....more

The Four "C"'s to a Happier Marriage

There are four things in a marriage that need to be on track in order to have a happy marriage. Okay, there are more than four, but there are four BIG things that, when in order, can change the entire mood of your relationship. (Luckily, I was able to think of synonyms that all started with c's!)...more

Communication! Keep Me Posted!

Communication!  Keep Me Posted!In the absence of information, everyone assumes the worst.  ~Robert McClelland...more

My Child Won't Talk to Me: Conversations with My Son

This post orginally appeared on KalySullivan.com I have two children with very different personalities. ...more

The highs and lows of marriage

I like being married. I still get little thrills sometimes when someone refers to me as "Mrs. Markman" or when I get to introduce my husband to people. There is a security in being united to my husband who is not only the love of my life, but my best friend. He's mine. I'm his. It's nice....more

Hey, Dads. Let's talk.

I fondly recall my husband holding our son, smiling at him and saying over and over again: "Da-da. Da-da. Da-da. Da-da." Our son smiled at him and laughed. And then, when he was six months old, our son said his first word: "Mama."...more