Marriage, The Holiness Project

20 Things We’d Tell Our Newly-Married Selves

  It often happens this way. Peter and I are asked to speak on the subject of marriage, and our own relationship comes under particular attack. Sometimes it comes in the form of a full frontal assault, a crisis beyond our control. But more often the enemy sends in stealth bombers—our own poor choices, rogue… Read More 20 Things We’d Tell Our Newly-Married Selves


When We Say “I Will”

Sixteen years ago I walked down the aisle of a 14th century church in Plympton, England. I was wearing a blush-colored dress and a homemade veil, and I promised to Peter, before God, “I will.” “I will serve you and obey you. Love, honor, and keep you. In sickness and in health. I will forsake… Read More When We Say “I Will”

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, Marriage, Parenting, The Kiddos

All Different Kinds of Dads

This summer Peter is spending much of his time playing full-time Dad. Since he’s not teaching and I have lots of writing to do, some days it’s all him on the home front. He makes breakfast. Reads his Bible in front of the kids while they eat. Then reads theirs to them. He takes them… Read More All Different Kinds of Dads


The Worralls Went to a Wedding

Last week our family took a quick trip to Texas. Down and back in six days flat. For the wedding of some dear friends and former students. When it comes to road trips, though, the Worralls are slow to actually get on the road. First of all, we pack at the last minute, and I want… Read More The Worralls Went to a Wedding

Marriage, The Kiddos

What We Learned in Kindergarten

Thursday morning was Daryl’s final day of Kindergarten. Thursday night was the Kindergarten graduation ceremony. And in the middle, his Momma had a mini-meltdown. It didn’t obviously have anything to do with Daryl and the fact that he’s growing up so fast, as they all do. Oh, I’m sure the emotions surrounding the day primed… Read More What We Learned in Kindergarten

Marriage, Parenting

Not-So-Good Friday

  12I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Philippians 3:12   Good Friday at This Odd House started out “pretty good.” The kids were home from school, and… Read More Not-So-Good Friday

Marriage, Spiritual Growth, This Odd House the Book

Saying Good-bye to the Center of the Universe

“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Eccl. 3:4). Peter’s dad was a Control Freak and the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe. Peter had warned me. Still, I wasn’t prepared for the actual experience. In February of 1999, Peter’s parents came from England to… Read More Saying Good-bye to the Center of the Universe

Marriage, This Odd House the Book

So You Want to Get Married

My What-I-Am-Looking-for-in-a-Husband List started with just a few basic traits. Christian. Intelligent. Good with Kids. Sense of Humor. And Athletic. Sounds reasonable, right? But as I moved through my twenties—marked in some way by too many men—the list expanded and morphed. Each failed relationship sent me back to the list with a bright red pen.… Read More So You Want to Get Married

Marriage, This Odd House the Book

On Dad and Dating

It’s been called an epidemic. And rightly so. The statistics are staggering. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 43% of children in America now live without their Father. And that number continues to grow. Research abounds on the possible effects of this reality—connecting Fatherlessness to everything from high school dropouts to substance abuse to incarceration. But more… Read More On Dad and Dating