You Learn Something New Every Day

One of the great things about genealogy is that in the course of collecting information about who your ancestors were, where they lived, who they married, and when they died, you may also get to know more about them through family stories, newspaper articles, or other resources. I think that names and dates are important, but it is the pursuit of information about my ancestors’ lives that is my favorite part about genealogy. During a recent visit with my dad, I learned a little bit more about my grandfather, whom I never met because he passed away before I was … Continue reading

Using Your Phone To Manage Your Life

Remember the day you separated from your ex husband? For many of us that was the day that divided our neat, orderly life from the chaos that reigns today. Let’s face it, it’s hard to be all things to all people, especially when those people aren’t even old enough to cross the street alone. What am I saying? It’s not hard, it’s impossible. All we can do is keep trying to find new ways to get some semblance of control and order in our lives, or make peace with the chaos. For me the only thing that works is lists, … Continue reading

Alicia Silverstone’s Controversial Method of Feeding

When my son was little – eight months old or so – he would feed me. I’d put a Cheerio in his mouth and he’d let it get all soggy, then he would take it out of his mouth and feed it to me. It would gross my husband out, but when my son did this, I’d let him and begrudgingly eat the soggy Cheerio. After all, he was my baby, he didn’t know, and he was trying to feed me. Thankfully this phase didn’t last long. This week, we learned that actress Alicia Silverstone chews up her 10-month-old son’s … Continue reading

Sue Your Husband’s Mistress

The Huffington Post published an article interviewing a lawyer who says that it’s possible to sue your husband’s mistress. The charge is alienation of affection and the punishment can be a hefty sum of money. Focus on Who Hurt You This brings me to think about whether this should be in place. I can see why a scorned wife wants to sue the mistress. Many mistresses are conniving and will do whatever it takes to get the man they want. Sometimes, it’s easier to blame someone else for your husband’s affair than him especially when trying to find out why … Continue reading

Musings of a Mom

Today is a special day in our family. My oldest son turned 16. Was it really 16 years ago that I went through 32 hours of labor and two hours of pushing to deliver this remarkable young man? I clearly remember the way he looked those first few days whenever he was hungry. His tongue would move in and out. My husband and I jokingly referred to him as a lizard. Now his tongue is sometimes too quick to whip out a zinger or something smart. I remember looking into those deep, dark brown eyes and feeling almost like I … Continue reading

Don’t Lust After Your Husband

“Lusting after your spouse is a sin,” our pastor claimed, paraphrasing actually from something he once heard Pope John Paul II once said. My husband and I looked at each other. Uh oh, I immediately thought. I have a healthy appreciation for my husband in that way, and was afraid of what was coming next. I thought that out of all of the people in the world, well, it was okay to be sexually attracted to my husband. But you know, the pastor, and consequently the pope were right. Once I heard the explanation, I had to completely agree that … Continue reading

Christie Brinkley’s Ex-Husband’s Infidelity Confession

The Barbara Walters interview with Peter Cook, Christie Brinkley’s ex-husband, has stirred up all sorts of controversy between the couple (she filed an order with the court to make sure he doesn’t let their children see it when they’re in his custody), but it’s also riled the public. The controversy is similar to the one that brewed during Oprah’s “Why Men Cheat” series. Cook’s Confession Cook claims Brinkley’s lack of attention drove him into the arms of his 17-year-old lover. I can understand why he strayed. I believe lack of attention is a factor in why men stray. But I … Continue reading

Marriage Musings: Bad Memories

We all have bad memories. Days or places or things we’d like to forget. I’m not talking about the day where everything goes wrong (though I’m sure we’ve all had a few of those too). What I’m talking about are the bad memories related to the bad events that happen in our lives. For example, I remember the day my grandmother died. It’s a bad memory, though I am glad I was there and I was able to be there for my mother, the whole day is one blur of pain. It seems like whenever something goes truly wrong or … Continue reading

Safer Cleaning Methods for Pregnant Women

Pregnant women often worry about using household cleaning products. It turns out; there may be reason for this fear. Although the cleaning industry and other experts insist that these products are safe, there is evidence to suggest otherwise. There are a wide variety of chemicals used in various household cleaning products. Some of these are irritating to the lungs or skin. Others are carcinogens and a few can cause birth defects with heavy exposure. Nitrobenzene, which is found in furniture polish, has been linked to birth defects and cancer. Other ingredients such as formaldehyde and perchloroethylene are also suspected to … Continue reading

A Believing Wife With An Unbelieving Husband Part 2

Part 1 of this series discussed the many difficulties a Christian woman faces when she has a non-Christian husband. This article will focus on two Scripture passages dedicated to giving guidance to this woman. “And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband…” I Corinthians 7:13-14a “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without … Continue reading