How to Stop Feeling Like a Leftover

My blog this week is a guest post from my friend, Leslie Black. Leslie is a single mom and young widow who inspires me like you won’t believe. I know she will inspire you with her words as well.


I was in church half-listening to a sermon on how to have a lasting marriage as the pastor said, “No leftovers.” He wasn’t implying we should never serve leftovers to our family.

He was making the point that we should not give our spouse whatever is “left over” at the end of the day.


But, that is not what I heard…

Two Divas, One Float, and Lazy Days on Table Rock Lake

Phil and I love to go over to Table Rock Lake. It’s only about 45 minutes from our home but it feels a million miles away. I love to just hang out on the water, float and do … absolutely nothing.


I’ve learned something really interesting while floating lazily on the lake. I thought all dogs knew how to swim. I really thought it was just genetically wired in them to automatically do the dog paddle.

Apparently not!

Or, at least not when it comes to our little Shih-tzu, Lucy. We put her in the water with Phil and she totally panicked! She flailed and whined and practically pawed Phil down into the inner depths of the lake. Let’s just say, she’s not wired for water. So, she stays on top of the water with me. The girl likes to float! She will sit in a float with me for hours, totally content. So, that is what we do while at the lake. We’re two peas in a pod, Luce and I.

And, may we never fall out because, obviously, neither of us divas can dog paddle!

Question: What’s something you’re going to miss about summer? Leave a comment here.

How a Glass of Water Can Cool Down a Heated Argument

Is every conversation you have with your family members perfectly calm, controlled and pleasant? Or does a steady temper rise from warm to heated to boiling tend to be a typical pattern in your interactions?

"Beat the Heat" | Enid Martindale (StuffNThings).

Photo credit: “Beat the Heat” | Enid Martindale (StuffNThings).

Married women: Ever had one of those conversations with your husband where you get heated, he gets heated and then … bang! It turns into a full-blown fight?

Moms: Ever had one of those conversations with your teenager where you start yelling, she or he gets mad and then … explosion! You’re both pulling your hair out and not one closer to a resolution?