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How to Have a Marriage Getaway

After years of marriage, many couples ask themselves…“Will it ever get any better than this?” With work, kids, and everything in between—life’s challenges can easily take a toll on marriage. So before your marriage begins to suffer, make your spouse your first priority and follow these steps on how to have a marriage getaway. First, realize there is no perfect time. So why not now?! Second, determine how much...
Sep 27, 2023 / Dating Your Spouse

10 Things to Do for Your Wife Every Year

We all want our marriages to get even better. But improvement only comes when we are intentional with our words and actions with our spouse. To become more intentional, here’s a simple checklist of things to do for your wife each year.  First, take a trip alone with her.  Spending time together away from the world is the perfect way to reconnect.  Second, make a big deal about her birthday.  Instead of just...
Sep 07, 2023 / Dating Your Spouse

How to Romance Your Spouse

After a number of years together, marriage can start to seem ordinary, routine, or even boring.  But I’d like to challenge you to bring the passion and excitement back into your marriage by making your spouse feel loved.  Here are some simple ways to romance your spouse.  First, write them a love note.  Tell your spouse something you love about them, and then hide the note in their wallet or on their pillow. ...
May 23, 2018 / Dating Your Spouse

A Wedding is for a Day; A Marriage is for a Lifetime

Like most couples, you poured immense energy and resources into planning your big day.  But your wedding was only one day… your marriage is for a lifetime.  Here are some things you did to prepare for your wedding that you should continue to do in your marriage.  First, create a budget to help you make smart money decisions.  Second, work every day to meet your spouse’s emotional needs.  Third, be intentional...
Aug 10, 2015 / Dating Your Spouse

4 Mood Killers and How to Avoid Them

Mood killers don’t just ruin a moment, they hurt a marriage if they become ongoing patterns of behavior. For example, avoid what I call “The only thing you want” mood killer. This can hurt a marriage if your spouse thinks you’re only showing an interest in them because you want something in return. Look for opportunities to remind your spouse that you find her interesting and enjoy her company, with no strings...
Mar 26, 2015 / Dating Your Spouse

Your Date Night Checklist

A great date night takes more than just creativity to be effective. So we’ve got a plan-a-date night checklist for you. It’s got some simple steps to help you make the most of your time with your spouse. For example, get your family business done before or after the date. It’s tempting to use date time to go over your to-do lists, solve financial questions, figure out your vacation and holiday schedules or solve...
Mar 23, 2015 / Dating Your Spouse

Creative Winter Date Ideas

For many, winter is all about staying inside and not venturing out into the cold. And while you can enjoy time with your spouse right in your own living room, it’s important to change things up from time to time. So put on your hats, gloves, and scarves and enjoy a winter night out with these creative date ideas. First, for the active wife, there are plenty of outdoor adventures you can do together. Try skiing,...
Mar 04, 2015 / Dating Your Spouse



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