The Quarrelsome Wife and Her 7 Stages of Labor and Delivery. (Without TMI)

One of the best blogs of all time. Best line? “My sister is about drop a baby in your triage.”


I’m about to do something I vowed never to do – write a mom blog. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. This I promise you:

I promise never to describe the color, quantity or consistency of my child’s poop.
I promise never to describe the color, quantity or consistency of my child’s spit up.

Like, seriously mom bloggers, stop it and leave that to webmd.


Proverbs 21:19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.

I was 4 months pregnant when my husband said, “I’ve been reading a lot about natural child birth.”
“Hippie, no! Stop right there. When YOU have the next baby, we’ll talk about it.”
“Hear me out. I’ve read a lot about the effects of medication in labor…”
“Oh really? Read anything about the success rate of marriages afterwards?”

He never brought it up again.

223091_10156609198045510_6683875720608028648_nStage 1: Denial.

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Why We Love Easter

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Why We Love Easter

But now Christ has been raised from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:20, NASB)

The path of the pale horse snakes through a grim, dark valley. All attempts to remove the venom of death’s sting prove futile. Try as we may to steer clear of that pale path, we finally realize it’s inescapable. Like an uninvited guest at dinner, it shows up—always at inappropriate times—and there it stands, expecting to be seated and served. When it decides to return to its grim, dark valley, it never leaves alone; without asking permission, it takes someone we love with it. We grieve in its wake . . . our loss is palpable.

Not wanting to call the intruder by name, we seek less-offensive titles. No matter which we choose, each sends a chill down our spine: life’s final exit, an untimely end, the last roundup, the Grim Reaper, the grisly terror, one’s final hour, gone away, passed on, “journey’s end” (Shakespeare), “that dreamless sleep” (Byron), “the last enemy” (Paul), “the debt we all must pay” (Euripides).

If that marks the end of our existence, “we are of all men most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19). Truth be told, that is the pitiable existence of most who lose their loved ones. Since they haven’t the one ingredient that could lift them above their grief, most folks get trampled beneath the hoofs of the pale horse. Their emptiness is reflected in Peggy Lee’s cynical song of yesteryear. In it she asks, “Is that all there is?”

No! A thousand times, No! That is not “all there is.” But in order for anyone to give such a bold answer, there must be that one ingredient I mentioned earlier. HOPE.

And what gives us this hope? The resurrection of Jesus!

Because He has been raised, death loses its sting. Listen to the hope in this magnificent promise: “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22).

Why do we love Easter? Because it reroutes the grim, dark valley of death, leading us onto a glorious highway of hope.

—Dr. Charles R. Swindoll, Chancellor Dallas Theological Seminary

Favorite New Quote

quote2By John Newton: Slave Ship Captain turned Christian and author of Amazing Grace:

Shortened Cooley Paraphrase: I am not what I will be, but I’m not what I was.

Normally Used Quote: I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am”

Full Quote: “I am not what I ought to be. Ah! How imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be. I abhor what is evil, and I would cleave to what is good. I am not what I hope to be. Soon, soon, I shall put off mortality, and with mortality all sin and imperfection. Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was—a slave to sin and Satan. And I can heartily join with the apostle, and acknowledge, ‘By the grace of God, I am what I am.’”
— Quoted in John Whitecross, The Shorter Catechism Illustrated (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1968), question 35.


Free Book of Quotes

A good friend – and a terrific writer – Chad Barrett has a free book offer.

When his daughter Kristina died, Chad stopped blogging and started writing down his thoughts. This free book is a collection of quotes from his journal. Here are a few:

1:There is nothing so dark that may come your way
that God’s truth cannot disperse.
Nothing so painful that God’s love cannot heal.
Nothing so twisted that God’s justice cannot fix.
No heart so heavy that His grace cannot uplift.

2: I think God is more concerned
about us trusting Him fully
than He is relieving our pain.

3: The same God who met with Moses
on the mountain wants to meet with you now.
Careful though, your heart may
glow afterwards.

4: We can’t out-suffer
the comfort Jesus gives.

5: “H.O.P.E.
Hold On Pain Ends.”
– Kristina Barrett

If you found the quotes inspiring, here is a note from Chad’s new blog, and how to get the free book:


About a year ago, I stopped blogging. I love to blog, but with Kristina’s grand homegoing, I had to stop.

But to honor her memory with the upcoming 1-year mark of her death, I’m ready to go back. And if you sign up, I’ll send you something free.

It’s at .

Here’s the rub: if you sign up to receive my blog posts, I’ll email you a link to download this booklet: Thrive Not Just Survive: A 12-week Book of Quotes.Even if you decide not to stay with my blog, you can keep the download. It’s my gift to you, because you are so awesome.

My blog is mainly about inspiring others to live out the gospel of Jesus; showing His love in real ways, being aggressively gracious to the world, amazing stories that inspire me to thrive, and more. Even if you aren’t a Christian, I think you’ll like my blog. And I welcome your thoughts and interaction. I love to interact!

Would you sign up? It’s here:

Already signed up and want the booklet? Private message me, and I’ll send it to you.



Fighting Islamic Terrorists – diplomacy or weapons?

Some great food for thought – needs an hour, good friends on each side, and a cup of Starbucks.

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Diplomacy or weapons.  I get so tired of hearing these choices – like they are all we have.

Conservatives say – the number one job of the government is to protect it’s people by killing the enemy.
Liberals say – negotiate – war doesn’t solve anything.
(yes – these are generalizations.  please recognize that.)

But there are problems with both.

In the case of Islamic terrorists –

my main question for the liberals is – how do you negotiate with someone who wants to kill you?  I mean, really, is there a middle ground between life and death that one can negotiate to?

my main questions for the conservatives is – do you really think you can kill all of them?

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The more you tighten your grip, Satan …

Love the CS Lewis quote used in this blog. “Now it may surprise you to learn that in His efforts to get permanent possession of a soul, He relies on the troughs even more than on the peaks; some of His special favourites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else.” Happy reading.

God in this life and the next

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

Just in case you don’t recognize it, the quote above is from Princess Leia in Star Wars.

The title – that’s from me.

Now it may surprise you to learn that in His efforts to get permanent possession of a soul, He relies on the troughs even more than on the peaks; some of His special favourites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else.

And that line is from C. S. Lewis, in the Screwtape Letters.  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s Screwtape (a devil) talking to his nephew (a devil in training) about how God uses the low points in people’s lives.  And how God’s special people seem to go through longer and deeper troughs than most.

Suffering for Being a Christian

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10 Things About Micah Cooley :)

Best… Blog… Ever.



My brother is turning 20-something. Micah is possibly the strangest most amazing person I have ever met (other than my mom, dad, sister, other brother and husband). I love him to pieces. He likes tie-dye, good music, and sarcasm. Those are the only things I understand about him. There are many things that I and the rest of society don’t understand.

These are the words that come to my mind when I think of Micah:

1. Sleep. I don’tImage remember Micah when he first came home as baby. I think he completely slept through the first year of his life. I never heard him scream or cry. He would continue to sleep through the years of his life if it wasn’t for Oreo’s, Pop Tarts, video games or books. No one can sleep as much as Micah. This includes comatose people.

“Last night I had a dream I held and…

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Do Women Write Better than Men?

Say it isn’t so.

It’s so.

Grammarly is a great little grammar checker website. It’s made for English-challenged writers like myself. They did the research. I used to like Grammarly. The facts then.

They did a survey of about 3000 people. 54% were men. 59% of those surveyed thought women were better writers. The men should have lied.

Men were seen as better at getting to the point. Women were seen as better at developing characters. Men were better at writing simple sentences. Woman were seen as better at writing longer sentences. I don’t understand.

Lousy, short, simple writing aside – do you agree? Maybe that’s why some writing teams of Mother/Son, couples, Father/daughter work out so well?

BTW – Grammarly found eight writing issues in the above text, but I’ll show them. I’m posting it unfixed.


shrimp with 12 retina – evolution or design?

God – the shrimp. A great article. Have we gone from gods of wood and stone to scale and bone?

God in this life and the next

deep sea shrimp with 12 retina deep sea shrimp with 12 retina

This is part of a continuing series to show the amazing things that God has created.  It also hopefully serves as an educational tool to show just how impossible random chance evolution really is.

In the deep sea, where light is dim and blue, animals with bigger eyes see better—but bigger eyes are more conspicuous to predators. In response, the small (10 mm to 17 mm), transparent crustacean Paraphronima gracilis has evolved a unique eye structure.

And there’s the question – evolved – or designed?

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