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The Heart of Marriage and a FREE book!

Every couple needs to spend quality time together. We refer to this as emotional connection, deep bonding, or just staying connected. We all know we need to do it, but few of us are intentional enough to pull it off. Tami and I recently read The Heart of Marriage. This is a collection of stories from dozens of authors which is one of our favorite types of books to read together. These anecdotes are enjoyable to read and filled with nuggets of relational goodness. We will often read a book like this together on our porch or in front of the fire place and enjoy the conversation that unfolds…

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Can Valentines Day Be More Than Candy Hearts?

We have all heard people grumble about Valentines Day as, "Just another opportunity for Hallmark to take your money." Please allow us to challenge you in your thinking because Valentines Day is an opportunity for you to do something meaningful for your spouse. Further, when you're married, you never want to miss a chance to do something meaningful! Anyone who has been married for more than a year or two knows very well what it looks like when the honeymoon becomes a distant memory and life (with all of it's challenges) kicks in. Life can be very hard. Getting caught up in the difficulties of life…

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You Think You Know What Love is, but You Don't

There is a feeling I get whenever things are dialed in between Tami and I. It is a feeling of wholeness, of being complete, of being cared for and needed by another human. And it is pure unadulterated bliss! I have desired this bliss for my children and friends as well, since with it, you can do anything! We call this state of bliss LOVE and while it's not hard to find, it's very difficult to keep and to keep thriving. So, how do we keep love alive? Dr. Sue Johnson, as well as those that speak the language of Emotionally Focused Therapy (or EFT) would refer to this as a high level of emotional connection. Research tells us that we were created for connection to others…


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How Going to a Wedding Can Strengthen Your Marriage

Tami and I have been to several weddings in the last few weeks. This has us thinking a lot about how each of us is impacted by attending a wedding. There are generally two ways that people think about a wedding they have been invited to. First, some people have a hard time getting "into it" because they have so much on their plates. They see this wedding, and all of the details surround it (buying gifts, wrapping gifts, attending bachelor/bachelorette parties, getting your suit/dress cleaned, etc.) as overwhelming. And they have a right to since most people simply have too many demands placed on them already…

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What School has Taught Me About Loving My Spouse Wholeheartedly

Loving someone completely and consistently is difficult. We are selfish and flawed individuals who are fickle in more ways than we tend to admit. So, how do we continue to love our spouses wholeheartedly when we are so flawed and fickle? I have a few ideas for you that have served me well. I hope they serve you well, as well! Becoming a student of your spouse is more than just a clever catchphrase, it is a process that we have to fully understand and be deliberate to put into action. Tami and I talk often about being intentional and this is a great example of where intentionality is required…

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The Heart of Marriage and a FREE book!

Every couple needs to spend quality time together. We refer to this as emotional connection, deep bonding, or just staying connected. We all know we need to do it, but few of us are intentional enough to pull it off. Tami and I recently read The Heart of Marriage. This is a collection of stories from dozens of authors which is one of our favorite types of books to read together. These anecdotes are enjoyable to read and filled with nuggets of relational goodness. We will often read a book like this together on our porch or in front of the fire place and enjoy the conversation that unfolds…

READ MORE of the article above…
Comments

Can Valentines Day Be More Than Candy Hearts?

We have all heard people grumble about Valentines Day as, "Just another opportunity for Hallmark to take your money." Please allow us to challenge you in your thinking because Valentines Day is an opportunity for you to do something meaningful for your spouse. Further, when you're married, you never want to miss a chance to do something meaningful! Anyone who has been married for more than a year or two knows very well what it looks like when the honeymoon becomes a distant memory and life (with all of it's challenges) kicks in. Life can be very hard. Getting caught up in the difficulties of life…

READ MORE of the article above…
Comments

You Think You Know What Love is, but You Don't

There is a feeling I get whenever things are dialed in between Tami and I. It is a feeling of wholeness, of being complete, of being cared for and needed by another human. And it is pure unadulterated bliss! I have desired this bliss for my children and friends as well, since with it, you can do anything! We call this state of bliss LOVE and while it's not hard to find, it's very difficult to keep and to keep thriving. So, how do we keep love alive? Dr. Sue Johnson, as well as those that speak the language of Emotionally Focused Therapy (or EFT) would refer to this as a high level of emotional connection. Research tells us that we were created for connection to others…


READ MORE of the article above…
Comments

How Going to a Wedding Can Strengthen Your Marriage

Tami and I have been to several weddings in the last few weeks. This has us thinking a lot about how each of us is impacted by attending a wedding. There are generally two ways that people think about a wedding they have been invited to. First, some people have a hard time getting "into it" because they have so much on their plates. They see this wedding, and all of the details surround it (buying gifts, wrapping gifts, attending bachelor/bachelorette parties, getting your suit/dress cleaned, etc.) as overwhelming. And they have a right to since most people simply have too many demands placed on them already…

READ MORE of the article above…
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What School has Taught Me About Loving My Spouse Wholeheartedly

Loving someone completely and consistently is difficult. We are selfish and flawed individuals who are fickle in more ways than we tend to admit. So, how do we continue to love our spouses wholeheartedly when we are so flawed and fickle? I have a few ideas for you that have served me well. I hope they serve you well, as well! Becoming a student of your spouse is more than just a clever catchphrase, it is a process that we have to fully understand and be deliberate to put into action. Tami and I talk often about being intentional and this is a great example of where intentionality is required…

READ MORE of the article above…
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