A New Blog Is in the Works!

Dear Friends,

For a couple of months now, a new blog design has been underway, and I’m really excited about some new features coming.

I must confess, that while I love the writing aspect of blogging, some of the technological stuff stresses me out. Honestly, I’m clueless.

I’ve tinkered along okay, figuring things out as I go, but after three years of blogging, I finally enlisted some tech/design help. And I’m so glad I did!

Erin Ulrich at Design by Insight has been a delight to work with. She has been so patient with my technological-bumbling, and she has steered me in the right direction on some key points. I’ve learned so much already. (And I’m looking forward to learning more as I go.)

In addition to her technological-expertise, she’s so creative! She has taken my nebulous ideas — for color and scheme — and has brought them to fruition. She’s amazing! I’m thrilled with her work because she has brought about what I had originally envisioned for my blog three years ago but was never able to make happen on my own.

I can’t wait to share with you what we’ve been cooking up behind the scenes.

The domain will remain the same: denisejhughes.com

With the new site, though, all current subscribers will need to re-subscribe once the new site is up. I apologize for this inconvenience. Without re-subscribing, it won’t be possible to receive future posts. And I’d love to continue sharing this blogging journey with you.

Thank you for your grace.

If you have any questions, you are always welcome to write to me at: denisejhughes@gmail.com

Have you ever done a blog redesign?


Dear Mom, You are Buttuyfull

This was the highlight from my Mother’s Day.

My 7-year-old son thinks I’m buttuyfull.

The unintended pun made my day.

Jeff tells me that Parker was adamant about what I would want for Mother’s Day.

Can you guess what’s inside?

Yep. My very own Nerf Football.

The best part? Parker’s right. I’ve always maintained that the only bummer part of Mother’s Day is that it’s in May and there’s not an NFL game to watch.

But Jeff brought home the new Mission Impossible movie, so once the kids are in bed later, we can wrap up the day with a good ole’ shoot-em-up flick. My favorite kind.

Wherever you are today, I hope you’ve been able to spend the day doing what you love most. Whether that’s flowers and brunch or football and movies.

What was the highlight from your Mother’s Day?

Having an Identity of Integrity

These are the reasons why having an identity of integrity is important to me.


When it comes to identity, there are some things we can control and some things we can’t. For instance, we can’t choose our genetic make-up or where we were born or what family we were raised in. We typically don’t even choose our names.

I am Denise.
I am a redhead.
I am from a small farming town.

I did not choose these parts of my identity, but they are still true of me. Of course, there are other parts of my identity that I did choose.

I am a follower of Christ.
I am a wife.
I am a mom.
I am a teacher.
I am a writer.


With integrity, however, we have a choice. But what is integrity?

Integrity means wholeness, an undivided state of being.

I remember when I taught middle school math. The definition of an integer is a whole number. Not a fraction.

As a language arts teacher, I also know that to integrate is to bring together multiple parts to form a whole.


Obviously, they come from the same root word.

To be a person of integrity is to integrate the various parts of my identity into one whole person — the person I am at home, at school, at church, the grocery store, and everywhere else.

If I were to behave differently in these various places, then I would not be a person of integrity. But if I choose to be consistent in how I talk, how I act, and how I treat others — no matter where I am — then I become a person of integrity.

And that is the identity I want.

Who in your life influences you to have an identity of integrity?

Today, I’m joining Lisa-Jo, taking 5 minutes to write about “identity.”

Writing this post: 5 minutes
Uploading photos and links: 7 minutes
Spending Fridays with you: Priceless