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5 Things We Wish Our Spouses Knew

June 1, 2017

When Mark and I had young kids, I spent most of my time at home with the children. While being a mom was my main focus, I craved a creative outlet and I pretty much became a professional volunteer. Mark didn’t understand that. He couldn’t imagine why I’d want more on my plate. “You don’t get me!” I would say to him when he would try to talk me out of adding more to my life. He was trying to…

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Couples Who Out Love, Have Marriages that Outlast

May 25, 2017

Are you a competitive person? The popularity of reality shows and sports attest to the fact that most of us enjoy the competitive aspect of an individual striving to be the best. Unfortunately, my competitive drive must be satiated as a spectator for I cannot sing, run, or come up with an idea innovative enough for Shark Tank. There is one exception. In this challenge, I can (and clearly I am commanded) to compete. Matthew, the apostle, must have been a…

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5 Unfair Expectations I Have of My Husband

May 23, 2017

Before we got married, Mark and I went to premarital counseling.  At the first appointment the counselor gave us a test. At the second appointment we reviewed our results.  Before he started the review the counselor asked us, “So, do you two have a date?” We answered, “Yes, on March 4th.” We were 6 months away.  He then said something that should have alarmed me more than it did. He said, “Would you consider changing it?”  The counselor then explained…

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Must Do’s and Don’ts for Your Marriage

May 16, 2017

In every wedding, you will hear the “Do you?” questions. Do you take this man…? Do you promise to…? Perhaps, if you are like me, you have heard them so many times you almost tune them out. However, these questions and our affirmative “I do” commitment are the substance of what marriage is made of and cannot survive without.  To love well, there are things we must do and don’t do in our marriage. The foundational list for how to love well…

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6 Things that Keep an Emotional Connection in Marriage

May 9, 2017

It’s important to keep an emotional connection as a couple, and Mark and I have learned some ways to make that happen. I say make that happen because if you don’t put your mind to staying connected to your husband, a thousand other things will get in they way of doing it. Or, in my case, 5 children — even though I loved them —  had a habit of getting in the way. These 6 things will help you stay connected…

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5 Kinds of Compliments Your Husband Needs

May 2, 2017

Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” I think this is especially true in marriage. When you are knee deep in children and half of them have the throw-up bug and a toilet just overflowed, a good, honest compliment from the one who sees the dark, weary circles under your eyes will get you through the battle. A sincere, timely compliment can be a powerful difference maker for days. It’s not easy, this crazy busy…

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What Not to Say to Your Husband During a Fight

April 13, 2017

Mark and I can definitely argue. He’s an attorney by trade, and I’m half Italian! When we argue with our husbands, there is a point at which we cross a line and toxic words push an argument to a fight. We usually go to these statements as a defense mechanism. For example, you’re in the argument and you feel like you’re losing. You don’t want to lose so you resort to one of these statements. Or you’re just furious and…

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