3 Habits You’ll Be Glad You Established as a Newlywed

My husband D.J. and I met one fall night during our junior year of high school. I wouldn’t exactly say it was love at first sight, but it was definitely a love that developed over time. One of my favorite things about our relationship is that it took about a year and a half for it to go from friendship to a dating relationship. It’s a good thing too because, little did we know, … [Read more...]

When My Spouse’s Love Language Creeps Me Out

When My Spouse's Love Language Creeps You Out

Let me be completely honest: I am not a hugger. I don’t like greeting or leaving people with a hug; I feel weird when people play with my hair or touch my arm. I am just not a touchy person. My husband, however, is a touchy person. He loves hugs, hand-holding, and shows his affection with physical touch. As you can guess, this created a bit of friction for our first few … [Read more...]

VidAngel Review: Stream Edited Movies and TV Shows for $1

VidAngel Review

So I have a confession to make: My wife and I have watched dozens of R-rated movies and TV shows with TV-Mature rating. (All with zero profanity and zero nudity.) When we were dating, like most couples, we enjoyed going to see movies. One conversation that came up early on was about the boundaries for our entertainment. … [Read more...]

Establishing Healthy Boundaries with Your In-Laws

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My husband and I grew up 30 minutes away from one another. Every weekend my family would make the drive from our small town to the city we now call home, and we passed his family’s house countless times. (Of course, I never knew he lived there until our paths crossed four years ago.) Thinking about the man I wanted to marry someday, I always imagined and hoped that he … [Read more...]

Dealing with the In-Laws This Holiday Season

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Ah, Christmas—that magical time of year when holiday music is piped into your every waking moment, parties with goodies abound, and every Hallmark movie has a predictable, happy ending. There are so many things we can rely on to happen around the holidays and, for me, that’s one of the things that makes it special. Even in chaos, I like predictability. What’s one more … [Read more...]

Boundaries, Conflicts, & Disappointments :: Hello, Marriage Counselor

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My husband and I breezed through the five sessions of our church’s mandatory premarital counseling. We were so in love, and there were no troubles on the horizon. The counselor had suggested that there might be some friction in forming our family unit since we came from such different family backgrounds, but I was too busy with wedding tasks to truly stop and think about such … [Read more...]

Our Kids Go to Bed at 7:30

Our Kids Go to Bed at 7:30

My husband and I have three kids—now 7, 9, and 11 years old—and I would describe them as typical: they love sugar, puppies, and pushing boundaries. We decided early on to establish some boundaries to protect our relationship and our sanity. One of these was a sleep schedule for our kids, so from the time they started sleeping through the night, we put them on a 7:30 pm … [Read more...]