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My worst Valentine’s Day fail (so far)

Valentines Day will be here before you know it! While some anticipate the day with great excitement, others shy away from the day, or would even prefer to forget the whole thing. I’ll never forget my biggest Valentines Day fail. It so happened that my wife was on a pretty strict diet that year—so chocolates was out. In addition,…

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5 Decorating uh-oh’s and a pinch of marital advice

I’m not a professional decorator or stylist…nor do I play one on TV. I just like to be creative. Sometimes we learn best by trial and error and this is the case with some of my decorating/décor decisions. Since hindsight is only helpful going forward….I thought I’d share a few of my mistakes in the hopes…

Second chance at love

8 years ago, August 14th was possibly the worst day of my life. My husband died suddenly and my world was thrown off its axis for quite some time. I came to the decision that I would live out my life trying to be the best person I could be and because of our blended marriage I was blessed with three gorgeous grand-kids so I’d be the best…

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The gift of acceptance

Aimee and John were arguing even as they entered my counseling office. Aimee announced, “I just found out John’s been smoking again. I can’t believe it. What’s wrong with him?” It was John’s turn to blast Aimee. “She treats me like I’m 15 years old. I know smoking is not good for me. I don’t smoke in the house and I…

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The guy who ruined Christmas in November

I hang my head in shame as I write this, and I know this is an overused cliché, but if I can save one parent from making this painful mistake, then he or she won’t have to experience the horrors of sucking the joy out of their children (because I have yet to meet a parent who strives to do that). You see, that’s exactly what I did. I sucked…

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Has your marriage made you more like Christ?

Bestselling author Gary Thomas poses a thought-provoking question in his book Sacred Marriage:… What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy? Great question. And the thing is, holy people are – by far – the happiest people on the planet. Any painful process of refining can lead us to a place of

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it’s time for another round of The Blame Game

The other night, an incident that happened a couple years resurfaced at the dinner table.  My husband, one of my daughters, Leigha and I were discussing how Leigha was able to text me when she didn’t have anything to text me with.  She informed me that she used the IPad, which then was followed up by her father asking “well,…

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Enjoying life with your spouse

I had a chance to speak with pastor Ted Cunningham, author of Great Parents, Lousy Lovers and Young and In Love: Challenging the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage. He talked about the importance of enjoying life with our spouse, and learning to love and laugh together in the midst of everyday stress. Key Scriptures: Ecclesiastes…

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Five signs your marriage may be destructive

Julie knew she was in a difficult marriage but she couldn’t quite put her finger on why.  Whenever she tried to assert herself, especially around money issues, it never went well. Sam earned the majority of the family income and insisted Julie keep a strict accounting of all her spending. Each week Sam collected her receipts and…

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When disappointing becomes destructive

I always tell my coaching clients, no one gets all 52 cards in a deck. What I mean by that is there is no “perfect” man or spouse. You might marry a man that is naturally handy around the house and can fix anything that’s broken, but he won’t read a book or have a deep discussion with you. Other woman marry men who are capable of wonderfully…

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