To Love, Honor and Vacuum

I'm a Christian author, marriage blogger, and national speaker, teaching on marriage, intimacy, and even *sex*! I'm real--no pretensions, just real solutions for real life. The author of seven books and a syndicated parenting columnist, I love teaching women not to take themselves so seriously, but to take God way more seriously. And I love showing women that living in His love will always mean having more love in the rest of our lives. I'm the mom of two teenage girls, the wife of an amazing hubby, and the chief teacher at our homeschool. And I knit. All the time. Even in line at the grocery store.

O Christmas Tree

When I was in Canadian Tire a while ago I saw an absolutely stunning Christmas tree. It was decorated in silver bows and balls with purple accents. It was my ideal tree ....more

How An Open Adoption Opened Our Hearts

Today I’d like to share with you my reader Linda Jonasson’s beautiful story of an open adoption, and how they found more room for love than they imagined. It was December 1, 1998. My husband Rob had just put up the Christmas tree ....more

Wifey Wednesday: Don’t Be the Christmas Doormat!

It’s Wednesday, the day when we always talk marriage! And today Sarah Ball, aka The Virtuous Woman Exposed, joins us talking about how you can be a non-stressed wife this Christmas–by not being a Christmas martyr! Dad is sitting peacefully with his pipe by the fire, the kids are playing joyfully with their new toys, the in-laws have that 1,000 pieced puzzle mastered, and Aunt Sally and Uncle Joe dance arm in arm to “I’ll be home for Christmas.” But wait, where’s mom? ...more

10 Weird Things About Sheila

It’s Top 10 Tuesday! And I thought that for today’s installment I’d share with you 10 weird things about me that you don’t know (and maybe you’ll wish you never did after you read this. ) 1 ....more

Reader Question: I Caught My Dad Watching Porn

Every Monday I like to post a Reader Question and try to take a stab at answering it. With the Christmas holidays approaching and extended family being more on our minds, I thought this sad one would be an important one to answer. What do you do if you catch your dad watching porn (or another married relative)? ...more

Go to Your Room! Why Kids Should Hang Out in the Living Room Instead

For my column today I thought I’d rerun a Christmas column from a few years ago where I talked about computers in kids’...more

Kids, Gadgets, and Christmas: Protect Your Kids Online

Have you done all your Christmas shopping yet? Personally, I don’t usually start until panic sets in, likely around the 18th, but I have at least thought about what I’m getting everybody. We don’t tend to do Christmas big; I focus on 3 Gifts (something they need, something they want, and something to nurture their spiritual side) ....more

Wifey Wednesday: What Do I Do with a Workaholic Husband?

It’s Wednesday, the day when we always talk marriage! I introduce a post, and then give you a chance to link up your own post in the linky below. And today we’re going to deal with this problem: what do you do with a workaholic husband? ...more

Top 10 Ways to Be a Merry Mom this Christmas

Please welcome our guest author, Lindsey Bell, who is posting...more

Reader Question: Should You Wait Until You Finish College for a Relationship?

Every Monday I like to post a Reader Question and take a stab at answering it. Today’s comes from a college-aged friend of my oldest daughter Rebecca. Should you wait until you finish college to have a relationship–or to marry? ...more