Tag Archives: Marriage

My New Adventure!

October 26, 2016

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“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” Lewis Carroll I ran into a friend recently who asked me why I was blogging so infrequently these days. Besides being flattered that she noticed my absence, I was SUPER excited to tell her what I was doing with my writing time…and I’m even […]

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20 Habits For A Laughable Marriage

August 31, 2016

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19. 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1=19 One. Nine. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19 NINETEEN. Pardon the repetitiveness, but when you’re talking about marriage, 19 feels like an amazing number. Nineteen years (19!!) is the invisible line Billy and I cross today and my prevailing thought is, “Dang this is fun!” Oh sure, it’s been “work,” but let’s be clear, LIVING is work. I mean, we have to […]

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The Man I Love

June 26, 2016

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I married a younger man.  A man who, even today, on his birthday, is still in his 40’s. His youth is hardly fair – especially since he  manages, 99% of the time, to be more mature than I. When we were first engaged, people told me how lucky I was to find him. “He’s the best,” […]

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Bad Habits Ruin Your Marriage

May 4, 2016

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“Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.” Samuel Smiles We are all one bad decision away from ruining our lives. How’s that for a pleasant thought? We could drink and […]

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Three Under-appreciated Marriage Habits

April 28, 2016

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“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” Andre Maurios Have you ever had anyone help you with your marriage? When Billy and I were first married (almost 19 years ago!), we joined a small group who gave us practical tips on how to go beyond surviving and actually thrive in […]

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Working next to your spouse

April 13, 2016

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“My family keeps me pretty grounded. Like if I try anything diva, they’re like, ‘Oh shut up. Go and do the dishwasher.’” Rebel Wilson One of our most strategic marriage decisions is emptying the dishwasher together. Seriously. Billy and I both dread this chore.  If we could avoid it forever, we would.  Alas, paper plates […]

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The Marriage 10-to-10 Rule

March 23, 2016

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For the last handful of years, Billy and I have mentored a couple of small groups for newlyweds.  As a result, we probably spend more time talking about marriage and marriage principles than your average couple.  We love these groups for a host of reasons (deserving of its own blog post!), but one BIG benefit […]

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Practicing Vulnerability With Your Spouse

January 28, 2016

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“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection. Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow…” Brene Brown Love […]

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Love for the Long Haul

December 28, 2015

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“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…” ee cummings My mom was only 19 when she married my father, a strapping “older” man of almost 26. Today my parents […]

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When you don’t feel like loving your spouse

December 3, 2015

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If you don’t die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. Anne Lamott If you measure your marriage in more than weeks, you know there are days when you don’t feel in love with your spouse. Instead of mushy-gooshy emotions, you feel annoyance, misunderstanding, or indifference. Sometimes the cause is bad dim sum or […]

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