Death · Heaven · Motherhood · women

Gaining a Daughter (and a Guardian Angel)

*This week, instead of writing to Anne, I write to my soon-to-be daughter-in-law’s mother, who passed away when Alexandra was 14. Alex’s father died a year later. Dear Janet, Wedding plans are humming along here, just days to go now. Alex is handling all the last-minute details and stress like a champ. Not a bridezilla… Continue reading Gaining a Daughter (and a Guardian Angel)

Christian books · self-care

Coming Clean: Exploring the “Girl Wash Your Face” Phenomenon

Dear Susan, Where were you the night of August 2? I know you were probably doing something related to the wedding (next week!).  However, if you were like a good number of American women, you would have been watching the documentary “Rachel Hollis: Made for More.” Haven’t heard of Rachel? I recently climbed out from… Continue reading Coming Clean: Exploring the “Girl Wash Your Face” Phenomenon

Aging · anxiety

Buying Into the Life Lessons of Back to School Shopping

Dear Susan, Despite the heat, and long, gorgeous hours of sunshine, summer is in its last phase here. Swim team has been over for weeks, the herons in the rookery around the corner have departed until next nesting season, and we are back-to-school shopping in earnest. Between her father, her grandmother, and me, Ashby spent… Continue reading Buying Into the Life Lessons of Back to School Shopping

Family · Travel

Taking Mary on a Road Trip–and Leaving Martha Behind

Dear Anne, “I really shouldn’t go,” I told myself. “I have no business going out of town for two days just a month before the wedding!” I was due to go to a high school graduation/birthday party for my cousin’s daughter in Richmond and my whole extended family would be there, many of whom won’t… Continue reading Taking Mary on a Road Trip–and Leaving Martha Behind

children · Family

Parental Controls Out of Control

Dear Susan, I blame what happened over July 4 on the storm that swept through Houston. It was one of our typical rain events – an Armageddon-like downpour that threatened flash flooding in the bayous, cancellation of all Fourth of July activities, and general alligator displacement. By 4:30 the rain had stopped, the sun was… Continue reading Parental Controls Out of Control

Family · Fashion · humor · Marriage · women

Be Quiet and Wear Beige–Or How to Shop for a Mother of the Groom Dress

Dear Anne, It’s about six weeks and counting here at Casa Mother of the Groom, and the plans are moving along well, with lots of little details falling nicely into place. But I am struggling with one part of this whole process—finding the right mother of the groom dress. My wedding Pinterest board is entitled… Continue reading Be Quiet and Wear Beige–Or How to Shop for a Mother of the Groom Dress