Author: Laura Petherbridge

“My stepdaughter is breaking my heart,” Kristen, a stepmom, shared. “No matter how much I do for her, she just won’t let me into her life. I married her dad ten years ago, and I knew it would take time for her to embrace me as...

“Laura, my husband hates my son,” stepmom Staci lamented. “I’m not exaggerating. It's so obvious that even our friends and family notice,” she continued. “My spouse denies it and says I’m too easy on him and that I’m raising a “mama’s boy.” But the tension and...

Walking around the mall, looking at all the Christmas decorations and hearing familiar tunes, causes us to feel merry and bright. Right? Not always. As a matter of a fact seasonal depression is very common. The Mayo offers emotional guidance here  But why? Why does a season that’s specifically...

In Part 1 of this blog  (link) I shared why I have chosen to relinquish the exhausting and tedious work of trying to be a warrior. It’s God’s job, not mine. That is easier said than done, isn’t it? Especially for those of us who are strong...

Not long ago a friend of mine was dying of cancer that she had battled for many years. In one of her last Facebook posts she stated how tired she was, and that she was ready. Numerous people responded with comments such as, “Don’t give...