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How a Messy Marriage Can Be a Meaningful Marriage

Marriages are messy because people are messy. Each one of us is unique…we have unique minds and personalities. We have different ways of processing and seeing things. But a messy marriage can be a meaningful marriage. Communication is one of the messiest parts of marriage. For example, when you constantly have the same old marriage fights…things can get out of hand. To make that mess beautiful, it’s important to...
Jun 24, 2024 / General

What to Do When You Feel Like You Can’t Do Anything Right in Marriage

Because you and your spouse are two imperfect people, your marriage will be imperfect as well.  In my marriage, Susan and I aren’t always on the same page with what we need from each other.  As a result, we’ve both sometimes have had that feeling like, “I can’t do anything right.”  Instead of getting frustrated, here are 3 steps to take when you feel that way.  First, be sure you and your spouse define what is...
Jun 10, 2024 / General

7 Love Actions to Show Your Spouse

Romantic movies often give us the wrong impression of what love is.  They tell us that it takes grand gestures to show real love.  However, I’d suggest that many small acts of love add up to much more than one big gesture.  So, here are 7 love actions to show your spouse day in and day out.  First, write a note.  It can be a long love letter or just a short sticky note with words of encouragement.  Second, buy...
May 31, 2024 / General

From Empty Nest to Love Birds

School is coming to a close and that means some households will be child-free for the first time in 18 years.  For many moms, the Empty Nest Syndrome can be really difficult emotionally.  And moms who’ve invested all their time and energies into raising their children also face another challenge.  When the kids fly the coop, mom suddenly turns her affection and attention back to her husband, only to find that he’s...
Apr 10, 2024 / General

Lincoln’s Lessons for Enduring a Difficult Marriage

“Can’t you do anything right?” “You’re worthless.” Or “I don’t know why I married you.” Have you ever heard any of those scathing words before in your marriage? If you have, you’re not alone. In fact, one of the greatest men in American history has dealt with similar issues. His name? Abraham Lincoln. At the same time Lincoln was working to promote peace in America, he was struggling to keep peace in his marriage....
Mar 19, 2024 / General

The Dangers of Complaining to Your Kids About Your Spouse

Without realizing it, you say something to your kids like, “How is it that your mom always forgets to do things I ask her?” No big deal, right? Wrong. When you speak unkind words about your spouse you are creating a negative image of your spouse to your kids. And once your kids have a negative image of one of their parents, they start repeating those unkind and disrespectful words also to that parent. Then,...
Mar 12, 2024 / General

Are You Sure You Can Make Medical Decisions for Your Child?

Recently, a friend asked a small group of us that question. We all had unmarried adult children. She explained to us that if our any of our children were incapacitated and needed someone to make healthcare decisions on their behalf, and see their personal health information, a signed Designation of Health Care Surrogate was necessary. Without it, we did not have legal permission to make decisions or receive...
Feb 20, 2024 / General

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