Marriage · sacrarments · weddings

Your People Shall be My People: Naomi and Ruth Speak to Susan and Alex

Dear Alex and Susan, When a bride is born, so is a mother-in-law. My daughter and I have been closely watching your transformations from boyfriend’s mother and girlfriend to mother-in-law and wife.  It is because of this that I blame the two of you for the list of recordings on my TV. It is full… Continue reading Your People Shall be My People: Naomi and Ruth Speak to Susan and Alex

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