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Monthly Archives: June 2016

How to Survive and Thrive Through the Adolescent Years of Marriage

Last summer, just 10 days from our 17th wedding anniversary, we had our biggest fight ever. It started at Dairy Queen of all places, and continued in our driveway. Yes, that epic confrontation ended with the words nobody dreams they’ll utter when they’re standing pure and perfect on their wedding day. “After all this time, I don’t think you…

The Secret Society of Stay-at-Home Moms

I brought my girls and a friend to the beach yesterday, and happened to plop myself in front of a group of three moms and their kids. Clearly, they knew each other and had the afternoon planned well in advance. Based on the conversation I overheard and behavior I observed (one of the moms took 20 minutes…

My Perception of My Dad

This is a guest post written by my younger sister, Tiffany, who has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Tiffany has shared a monthly guest post on my blog since February 2015. The purpose of her regular posts is to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with mental illness. Last month, Tiffany honored our mom’s unique journey through…

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  • Carol FemlingJune 18, 2016 - 1:11 am

    Great tribute to your dad, Tiff!! Yes, you three kids were blessed to have a dad that spent so much quality time with all of you!! Love you! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Angie HanlonJune 17, 2016 - 10:11 pm

    This is so heartfelt, with so many great details. Bless you and your dad this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Sandi BishopJune 17, 2016 - 6:19 pm

    YOU are both blessed! What a wonderful tribute. We are believing for that transplant to take place soon and for a positive recovery.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Kay DahlJune 17, 2016 - 5:20 pm

    Tiffany, what a beautiful tribute you have written! We are all praying that you have many more years to make happy memories!ReplyCancel

  • Denise KormanJune 17, 2016 - 4:57 pm

    Tiff, As I read your blog about you and your Dad I have tears running down my face…knowing you so well and feeling like a part of the wonderful Femling family I understand exactly how you feel ! I believe your Dad has such a positive attitude on life that he will receive a transplant quickly and recover to take those long walks with you and talk and talk like he has always done.It’s in the good Lord’s hands now and he will take care of your Dad ! Keep your faith strong, be positive and watch for the incredible miracle ! As our Jewish friends say , ” To Life, To Life, Lukieum..” As I say, “To Life To Life Bruce”…We are all praying and pulling for him in SC…see you when he gets the call !ReplyCancel

I Needed a Haircut to See Myself Differently

Three or four years ago, I started threatening my husband that I was going to cut my hair off super short and dye it blonde. I casually threatened and joked because I knew I wasn’t brave or bold enough to cut it all off. I casually threatened and joked because I knew my husband strongly prefers…

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  • Christine De LeonJune 20, 2016 - 10:21 am

    I appreciate the symbolism. Fear keeps us tied up and weighed down in what “seems” comfortable and practical, but it’s stagnant. It’s risky to make a change. But changes bring new perspectives and new growth and new life to make a healthier you…with healthier hair added in! Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie ArnoldJune 19, 2016 - 4:57 pm

    I’m glad I read this. I’m in the process of debating a major haircut as well. I think you made a great choice. You look so much younger. It looks great on you.ReplyCancel

  • LisaJune 19, 2016 - 3:21 pm

    I just stumbled across your blog from FB but wanted to comment and say how much I really LOVE your new haircut. It looks SO good on you! Also I love the perspective you bring about how it encouraged you to make other small changes or risks in your life. It is freeing when we have that knowledge about ourselves.ReplyCancel

  • Denise KormanJune 10, 2016 - 2:22 am

    I love your hair !! It is so flattering … And this blog is one of my favorite blogs…take a risk !!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy OlsonJune 9, 2016 - 3:59 pm

    You look Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie West BowmanJune 9, 2016 - 3:26 pm

    This is awesome Amy!! I love how you looked deeper to see what that urge was about. It looks great on you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amy JacobsonJune 9, 2016 - 3:16 pm

    Love, love, love it! I recently took 9 inches off and it feels awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Katherine BoyleJune 9, 2016 - 2:39 pm

    love it !ReplyCancel