Yesterday was my husband's birthday.  I lost him to a rare form of lung cancer four years ago, a mutation that typically affects younger guys who don't smoke. I've learned it's important to have a plan for days like his birthday. It caught me off guard the first year. I'd expect Valentines Day to be difficult. Or, our anniversary. But his birthday...I had never felt so empty as the day I couldn't bake a cake…

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Well meaning people say the funniest things sometimes. I've experienced some loss. My Mom passed away when I was in my early 20s, my husband and father of my children died a few years ago, and my Dad a few months after that. My kids and I thought we'd move across the country for a fresh start last year, only to land in a new place with the same old problem: pain. We all get to…

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Happy Father's Day. I don’t envy the role of Dads who are trying to lead their families well in this culture. Their impact is HUGE. And, it's a challenging time in which to lead a family. Research has shown us over and over that Dads impact their daughter’s choice in a spouse, and -- this is where it gets really heavy -- how each of their children perceive GOD. No pressure. “A woman’s early relationship…

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  A thumbs up. A smile. A hug. Loneliness. Worship. Just five ideas I now know are universally understood after a trip to Kenya with Cure International and WAY-FM. Loneliness is felt whether you are in Kenya or Connecticut, wealthy or poor, married or single. Mary is a 32 year old single mom who lives in a village outside of Kenya with her two children. Her oldest daughter has disabilities, which aren't widely accepted in…

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I know just TWO things about actor Rob Lowe: When I was in high school, some really awful stories surfaced about him. He had become addicted to drugs and alcohol. His addiction to drugs and alcohol led to some poor decisions. And even without the help of YouTube and social media, video proof of his poor decisions were quickly spread, and viewed by many. Tapes of him with a sixteen year old girl, among the worst.…

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I used to think I couldn't let my kids know just how imperfect I am. A parenting mistake would lead me to ponder my value as a mom. They know we aren't perfect. In fact, I'm thankful my kids have learned from some of my mistakes, so they hopefully don't have to make them too.  I sat down with my daughter, Mary, who is 23 now, to talk about life, parenting, to give her a…

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