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Wednesday's Woman

  • Pearl's Wisdom: Missing the misguided logic of youth sports spectators

    It’s summer time and being the mother of teenagers there are a lot of things I miss.

  • Motherhood and more: Making things by hand provides sense of pride

    I like to make things. I’ve always liked to make things. If it’s something I think I can do myself, well, then at least I’m going to attempt it.

  • Life Or Something Like It: Celebrating a lifetime together

    Early next month, my husband and I will have been married 40 years. That’s a concept I find difficult to fathom and at the same time perfectly reasonable.

  • Got to Be Real: If we only knew

    By Shonna Sheckles

    I often sit back and wonder when tragedy befalls me; would I react the same way if I knew? I believe that I and others would try very hard to change the course of negative and hurtful things in our lives if we had a warning.

  • Speakers With Spark: Time in a bottle

    By Susan Rider

    What would you pay if you could go to the store and purchase a bottle of time? What would you do with it and how much more would you value time? If time in a bottle was $5 per minute, how would that change your day?

  • Motherhood and More: Better-ish a step in the right direction

    Nobody say it too loudly, but I think we might have turned a corner with my daughter.

    Sort of.

    I mean, she still can throw down with the best and toughest of them and will let us know when she’s not happy we don’t allow her to do something she’s convinced she’s perfectly capable of doing by herself. Like jump off the dining room table.

    Although, really, she has a perfect landing, so I probably should encourage more jumping off furniture. And cars. And trees. And whatever else is high and guaranteed to cause heart palpitations.

  • Life or Something Like It: Vacation. Bible. School.

    By Suzanne Darland

    This is the time of year when churches hold their annual week of intense, kid-focused Bible study.

    Children are on summer break, so churches can hold the sessions during the day. Or at night, like our church has done for many years, primarily to involve more members who have day jobs. And during the summer there’s no hurrying home to bathe and get to bed because there’s no school the next day.

    The Bible is the textbook for the week, with emphasis on stories about Jesus’ life or Old Testament heroes.

  • Pearl's Wisdom: Understanding the hierarchy

    I have learned a lot from my husband … said no wife ever.

    My husband and I have been married for 25 years and still the hierarchy has to be explained to him.  He has many attributes, but I would have to say two of his best are his vision and his consistency. 

    As a matter of fact, he has better than 20/20 vision. He has the exceptional ability to see everything that “didn’t get done today.” Actually he has the ability to see everything I didn’t get done today. 

  • Speakers With Spark: Try a staycation this year

    By Susan Rider

    With the school year coming to an end, it’s time to plan trips for memory making. After all, if you have children and you want to occupy/entertain this summer, what better way to spend your time than a trip that will be a memory each child will look back on in the future with fondness.

    We are very fortunate in this area because we have tons of things to do that will make memories and perfect staycations.

  • Motherhood and More: Parenting by the book

    In a fit of desperation and exhaustion that only comes with attempting to force my stubborn daughter to do something she didn’t want to do, I bought a parenting book.

    Now, I’m not normally one for self-help-type things. In the past, I looked down on that sort of thing, preferring to believe I could fix anything that was wrong with determination and my own brand of stubbornness.

    And then I became a parent. And lo, it was hard. And then I became a parent again and lo, it was even harder.