The Key to Living a Happy Life

The Key to Living a Happy Life

My husband and I were recently on a business reward trip to Southern California where the weather was a cool 77 degrees and the ocean views were breathtaking. When we arrived at the resort, we were told that our room was not ready yet, but we were welcome to walk around the property and they would call us as soon as it was available. We nodded our heads in agreement and spent … [Read more...]

Loving Your Spouse in the Ordinary

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My wife has a quality that I'm pretty sure I don't have. My wife loves for our lives to be as tidy as they can be. She LOVES when the house is clean. I'm not as adamant about the house being kept. Yes, it is nice to come home to a clean house, but I'm just as happy when it is a little messy. Life is messy, isn't it? If it wasn't for her, our house would be a wreck. We … [Read more...]

Being Too Busy Is Costing Us Greatly

Being Too Busy Is Costing Us Greatly

This article, this truth, this word from God has been in my heart and mind for years now. What price have we paid, what has it cost us, to not observe a day of rest? A purposeful, intentional day to “cease and desist” and just look at our six days of labor and accomplishment and be thankful for everything God has given us. To take a day and just be thankful for having completed … [Read more...]

Glad We Didn’t Know the Pain that Was Coming

Glad We Didn't Know the Pain That Was Coming

Marriage’s ultimate purpose is to point us to Christ. When things are going really well, marriage mirrors the gracious and selfless love of the Savior. But more times than not, it is the shortcomings in our marriage that illuminate the magnitude of what Christ did for us. This year felt like one major shortcoming for me, and it may have been the first time that I fully … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Our Husbands

Let's Talk About Our Husbands

Dear Wives of the World, I get it. Your life is crazy-town. I know this because all of our lives seem to be filled with endless rounds of errands, work, kids, homework, sports, church, cooking, cleaning, bills, and—OH, MY WORD—I could go on and on. Just living our lives can be exhausting. There are days when I look at my to-do list and realize several of the things on it I … [Read more...]

Traveling Without the Kids

Traveling Without the Kids

Just over a week ago, I dropped my son off at his grandparents’ house, and hopped on a jet plane for an eight-day cruise with my husband. As I was walking out the door, saying goodbye to my son, I promptly started to cry. I quickly apologized, blaming the fact that I’m pregnant. My precious father-in-law simply stated, “It would be just fine to cry even if you weren’t … [Read more...]

Keeping Our Problems Inside the Marriage

Our Ground Rules on Communication

I’m not a blogger or a public writer, but I love words. I love reading, and I love writing in my many personal journals. I love being surrounded by words on the walls. And being around like-minded readers is a favorite of mine. Words are important. They can make us feel alive and inspired, or defeated and willing to quit. I can’t pinpoint the exact time, but probably … [Read more...]