When The Wind Blows…

When the Wind Blows... Putting down roots in your marriage during hard times. realmarriedlife.comMarriage.  It’s different than I thought it would be.  It’s way better than I expected!  But in a way that is more full and rich – certainly not easier or less work.  Marriage can be hard.

Somehow in my early 20s, I pictured marriage as a lifelong slumber party. Fun with your best friend always by your side. It can be at times, but let’s face it [Read more…]

Replacing Gluttony

gluttonyI really don’t know where to start with this… And this will be really hard and embarrassing.  Food is a huge struggle for me – I really don’t want to admit my idolatry. But I have the feeling many others are stuck here too. So I guess I will start at the beginning of my story.

My whole life, I have loved food and struggled with maintaining a healthy weight.  One of my Mom’s most terrifying moments as a parent involves a story of losing me as a toddler [Read more…]

Replacing Entitlement

ReplacementHonesty from a wife and mom's struggles.Playing with our 12 month old, I can count on one thing: Entitlement.  It doesn’t matter how exciting/age-appropriate/expensive the toy in her hand may be, whatever I’m holding (my spoon/paper/cup) is more attractive.  And if she’s denied, a mini-tantrum may follow – complete with squinted face and flapping arms.

When I’m in good humor, it makes me chuckle. But most times [Read more…]

Replacing Anger

Series from RMLThis last year, I’ve been angry.  Really angry.

But it’s not new – as a child, I struggled with a temper. I was described as the strong-willed one – I’m sure my parents felt their own anger trying to raise a “wild child.”  And now with so many things I can’t control, this sin of anger has returned for me to conquer once again. [Read more…]

Replacing jealousy

jealousyThe other day, we were driving home and I was sitting in the back seat as usual, distracting Elliot and pulling her hands away from scratching, just praying we could make it home before an inevitable meltdown.  And we passed a crew of moms with jogging strollers. They looked like Barbie moms – walking their sweet babes around with flawless hair in coordinated workout attire enjoying the sunshine.  And I couldn’t help but compare my life with a glimpse of theirs.  [Read more…]

Necessary Replacements

Series from RMLI’m embarking on a new season of blogging for a short while.  It’s going to be tough.  And different from my norm.  It’s going to be completely from my personal life!  I really like posting about marriage tips and interviews on here, partially because it’s comfortable and uplifting.  (Which I will still continue – I have to finish up that Submission Series, even though summer is officially over!…better late than never.)  However, I’m trying something new,  I’m preparing to share my struggles and sins that I’m uncovering in this life phase.  I’m calling it Necessary Replacements…What I’m replacing in my life.

It’s for a few reasons, really… [Read more…]