Getting Back to the Basics of Marriage

I purchased a book for my 8th grade daughter, The Good Book for Kids, by Lisa Bergren.  Lisa creatively writes God’s story from Genesis to Revelation using the Bible, discussion, and modern-day stories.  Naturally, the book begins with Genesis, Chapter 1–In the beginning… I pondered the Adam and Eve story.  Mind you, I’ve heard that…

You are annoying

It’s been awhile since we purchased our book, Cherish, by Gary Thomas. After many months we are on chapter 12.  Did you know that you are annoying and your spouse has the ability to help you grow? You know the pattern.  You do that thing you do, your spouse gently calls you out on it,…

Redeeming Love (Again)

I was travelling to work one morning.  Nothing really happened per se, but I was frustrated. Again. I highlight the word “again” because that was the frustration.  I started praying and asking God questions that centered on why some things never change, and, try as we might, here we are doing it again. He gently…

The Power of Words and Mindfulness in Parenting

I wanted to share a session on the power of words and mindfulness in parenting.  This session created by Dr. Lemite, School Psychologist and Dr. Anna Hebb, School Social Worker can be adapted to your needs. You could change the SOL life activity to a different stress-causing event in the home or school. Be creative!…

Love is NOT all you need (Sorry Beatles)

Yesterday we talked about clinging to what is good.  This morning through a series of readings in my devotional time and a text from my oldest daughter to watch a video on Millenials, I’m bursting to share. I’ve been married for almost 28 years come this February 4. When we said our vows in our…

Compassion

Self-esteem is defined as “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.”  The difficulty with self-esteem is who or what deems you worthy? If we try something with great confidence but “fail” in the eyes of our family, boss, or self, we begin to judge ourselves to only be good or bad. Today, I’m good…

Clean

As a little girl growing up in a rural area, the dump was a place you visited often. This sounds so strange, but I loved riding with my dad to the dump. As an adult, that’s the last errand on my list of favorites. Perhaps it was the time in the car with my dad,…

Nana’s Coconut Cake

This recipe is from our Nana Reardon passed down to the generations and new brides setting up their favorite recipes for their kitchen. Ingredients One box of your favorite Vanilla Cake Batter Mix, or you can make your favorite cake mix from scratch Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut (1 -2 cans) depending how sweet you…

Are You Ready to Chase Lions?

Several years ago my husband and I led a Bible study with the college aged folks. The book was by Mark Batterson and it was called “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day”.  Great book. I enjoy my Bible App which offers 7 day reading plans emphasizing certain book studies or themes….

A Dentist Appointment and Their First Date!

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 I had to post my dad’s comment: Wow ! How did Louise and I Meet? I went to the dentist, and I saw the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. I didn’t have the courage to call her, so I called the dentist and asked him to talk…

Happy 59th Anniversary!

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55 Years ago today Tom and Louise Lloyd (my parents) were married at First Baptist Church in Richmond, VA on Monument Avenue.  Top 10 Things Their Marriage has Taught Me: 1.  No matter what you work it out. 2.  Learn to love each other despite differences, struggles, disagreements. 3.  It takes…

Pipeline Rapids

I’ve lived in the surrounding Richmond area for most of my life.  I went to school at VCU in Richmond, VA.  Yesterday, my husband and I needed some fresh air and mind clearing. He found this best kept secret!  I’ve never been here!  It’s called the Pipeline Rapids.  You’ll be dazzled by the James River…