10 Wedding Day Moments I Wish I Could Relive

An old year is slipping away and with it, a new January nestles into place. Wintertime. Last January, I celebrated my wedding. This January, two of my friends will celebrate theirs. All weddings are gorgeous and holy, and they’re especially sweet in January. A winter wedding is absolutely the cure for winter blues. You can … Continue reading

Season’s Greetings: Why We Send Christmas Cards

This morning, I woke up with the Christmas to-do list rolling through my head: Christmas shopping! Christmas baking! Christmas decorating! Christmas gift mailing! Christmas card writing! What to tackle first? Start easy, I told myself. Not ready to brave the Saturday grocery crowd, I picked up a stack of blank Christmas cards and a pen. This’ll … Continue reading

5 Signs You’ve Graduated from “Newlywed” Wife

When does “newlywed” end and just “married” begin? As a new wife, I think I’m coming up to the transition. I can feel it. Things are settling. The early compulsions of brand-new, uneducated wifehood are changing. It’s definitely a thing. I’d say it’s a good thing. Are you recognizing these signs, too? 1. You’ve appropriately … Continue reading

This Is How Engineers Do Puzzles

It’s Friday night. I ask my husband if he’d like to do a puzzle with me. It’s funny how our careers impact how we act and respond in our daily lives. My friend the project manager calls her dad to remind him of her mom’s birthday and reminds her friends to pay their rent. She’s … Continue reading

The Rules of Apartment Living

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single (or married) twenty-something in possession of a small income, must be in want of an apartment. Practically all of my friends and coworkers live in apartments – or if they don’t , they want one, are looking for one, or just moved out of one for another … Continue reading

Face to face

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to the tomb. (Matthew 28:1, NIV) Minnesota dawned sunny today, this Easter morning. Can I be honest with you? I do not always wake up happy. Many mornings, thinking about all that is wrong, dark, or hard … Continue reading

From Scratch: Recipe for a Home

A home is a place you feel welcome. Safe. Loved. But homes aren’t instant entities. Homes are made. I am in a homemaking season. I have no idea what I’m doing. How does an unpracticed twenty-two year-old like me create a home from scratch? It’s funny how, until a certain point in your life, we … Continue reading

What Not To Do In Your First Month of Marriage

[Author’s note: The following is taken from real-life experience. Consider it a “best of” compilation of sorts. The author hopes these honest confessions prove useful to newly married, engaged, or hopeful women everywhere.] What Not To Do In Your First Month Of Marriage Make serious culinary mishaps. Choose from among the following options: Bake brownie … Continue reading

Messed up

Last week at the grocery store, Mary Kay checked me out. I recognized her immediately. Mary Kay was one of the para professionals at my elementary school. It’s funny because I have seen her at the store many times over the years but we’ve never spoken. I didn’t think she’d know me from Adam. Should … Continue reading