Marriage on Roller Skates

My grandma shared a story with me recently about how she was once learning how to roller skate. Her mom heard her scream and came running out of the house, but the scream was one of frustration and not pain. My grandma could not figure it out until her dad came home and made chalk…

Mary Kay Meets Mothers Clay

Let’s talk skincare and car care… at the same time. Yep, that’s my car in the picture. It’s so shiny! As I observed my husband polishing my car yesterday, I realized it was a lot like my regular skincare routine! I wash my face (Morning Burst soap in the shower and Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover). We washed the car (Kris prefers Blackfire)….

The Imaginary Shopping Trip That Almost Wrecked Your Marriage

Imagine all of the grocery stores in your town have closed. (No, it’s not the zombie apocalypse. Just imagine with me.) You have run out of food. You and your husband Abe know about a grocery store a few towns over that is still open. You both hop in your Nissan with the camel interior…

Figs, Guava, and Free Orange Juice

Married life is good. It’s very good. Very very good. And we are continuing our quest to eat through the alphabet of fruits and vegetables. C is for steamed ranch cauliflower. D is for dates. They look like turds. So do figs (F). I laughed when I opened them! But they taste like candy! Kris hasn’t tried…

Abel’s Bouquet

I’ve been studying Genesis 4 recently, trying to figure out the story of Cain and Abel so that it can be shared with children. (I’ve also been trying to organize flower bouquets for the wedding – more on that later.) Here’s the story of Cain and Abel: Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the…

Alphabet Eating Update

A In “A” weeks, the success story was Artichoke Alfredo sauce. I served it over gluten free spaghetti and steaks that were on sale from Valentine’s Day. This was not the vegetable that I was predicting would win. Parmesan cheese makes everything good! B For “B” week, we served our guests berries over organic greens tossed with…

242 Years of Marriage

My maternal grandparents, Elizabeth and William Devore, were married 63 years ago on May 1, 1954. Grandma and Poppy tied the knot in 1958, the Saturday before Palm Sunday. Kris’ grandparents were married in 1961. In 1983, my parents got married on the first day of the year. This is us and Kris last spring….

A: The Gluten-free Alphabet Challenge

Who doesn’t need to eat more fruits and vegetables? Thankfully, fruits and vegetables are for the gluten-intolerant. And God made them just the way they are. Today I bought solely fruits and vegetables that started with the letter A while shopping. It was very fun, but I don’t think my cashiers noticed. You can see…

Empty

Last year around Easter, Kris and I drove around for a while before Bible study. I remember this being the first time we talked seriously about getting married. When we were singing it really felt like God’s hand of blessing had been on our previous conversation. Kris grabbed my hand and lifted it up. As…

Beyond the Clouds

When I first flew into Guatemala in May 2012, I saw the mountains sticking up over the clouds. I had never seen “real” mountains before, and the 10 days I spent in Guatemala were filled with things about God that I had never seen before. I recently had the opportunity to present to the eighth grade…

Three Signs You Are Driving Next to an Underground Car Enthusiast

At every traffic light there is an Underground Car Enthusiast. To the average driver, the Underground Car Enthusiast is just another driver. However, the Underground Car Enthusiast has some tell-tale qualities that even average drivers can detect. Does the driver appear to have an extraneous, non-GPS gadget attached to their dashboard? This may be a…