What Kind of Rock Are You?

"No Stone is Too Big" courtesy of madhan r, flickr creative commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickcoolpix/

This time of year is always stressful in our house.  Work picks up  when  everybody starts scheduling meetings and conferences after the lull of the winter .  The kids’ birthdays are in the spring which entails planning headaches fun.  There’s lots of stuff to schedule and get done.  Also, we all cycle through allergies or […]

Why I Am Not The “Default Parent”

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Recently this article from the Huffington Post has been popping up on Facebook.  It’s self-proclaimed satire but a lot of people seemed to relate to it.  After reading it, I realized something that I’ve known to be true for quite sometime.  I am not the “Default Parent”.  Neither is my husband. I recently visited some friends who […]

How Marriage Equality Affects my Family (Spoiler – It Doesn’t)

Rainbow Roses

So it happened! (Again?) Same-sex marriage is now legal in Virginia! Oh my goodness! What are the implications of this? What does this mean for my family and my marriage? What does this mean for society in general? What does this mean for other couples I know? What will I tell my kids??? Will there […]

Marriage: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


I know it’s a touchy subject amongst the ladies but I’m pretty sure most men see a beautiful woman when she walks down the street in front of them…..even my husband. So what. I could look out my front door and find five women better looking than me on any given day.  I mean, the […]

Promposal: Yay or Nay?


Have you heard about the phenomenon of “promposal”? Until recently, I had never heard about this. Granted, my kids are still in the under-6 crowd so prom is wayyyyy not in our scope of interest right now. But I try to stay on top of current events. It never hurts to start thinking ahead, right? […]

National Marriage Week

National Marriage Week USA announces an initiative in Richmond, VA for the week of Valentine’s Day, and is putting forth a call to mobilize hundreds of diverse organizations to plan for marriage building activities for Feb. 7 to 14. The goal is to elevate attention on the need to strengthen marriage and ways to do it, and […]

Holding up the Ceiling: A Marriage

Photo Credit: Mykl Roventine

My husband and I recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.  I remember when we chose this poem by Michael Blumenthal, amid planning the minutiae of our wedding.  And we hung on every word as my dear friend read it to the congregation. Although we considered this poem to be reflective of the ideal marriage, in […]

The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage

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First Things First of Greater Richmond presents The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage conference, featuring Michael and Amy Smalley at Mechanicsville Christian Center on August 16-17. Couples throughout the Central Virginia region can attend this Friday evening and Saturday morning seminar that inspires them to experience the kind of love and passion God desires for their relationship. Michael […]

25 Years of Marriage and Now it’s Over


Let me get this right. While Maria Shriver, one of the country’s most influential, sophisticated, intelligent, wealthy, and privileged American women, was carrying Arnold Schwarzenegger’s baby, her housekeeper was carrying his child too! Maria’s second son with Arnold was born on September 27, 1997 and Mildred Baena, the housekeeper,  also gave birth to Arnold’s son […]

What Does Easter Mean to You?


Easter is that fun, colorful time of year when everyone celebrates the rebirth of nature, the coming of Spring, and getting closer to summer vacation! Most schools are on Spring break the week before or after Easter, and that makes it an especially busy time for Richmondmoms and Grandmoms. What does Easter really mean to […]