Why Refueling with Family and Friends Brings Sanity {And Synchroblog}

Recently, my sweet blogging friend, Linda Stoll, invited me and a few other lovely lady bloggers to join her in a synchroblog—answering the question, “What Saved My Life This Summer.” My mind immediately went to how often I feel emotionally spent by the time May or June rolls around. I’ve been blogging since February of […]

Simple Date #8 – Fun and Inspiration by the Water

One of my all-time favorite activities to do on a date is to seek out a body of water of some kind to sit by and gaze at the beautiful hues that dance and shimmer on the surface. Of course, give me a vacation at the beach where I can sink my toes into the […]

Simple Date #5 – Visit a Museum

My husband and I dedicate Fridays for a “date day” each week—trying to find at least one or two fun things to do and explore on that day. One of those “fun” things has been to go to a museum. I realize that a “museum” date idea might evoke a yawn or a roll of […]

Simple Date #4 – Movie Night Bedside

It’s often next to impossible to go on a date to the movies with your spouse when you don’t have enough money for expensive box office tickets, and/or you have small children with no reliable babysitter. Sometimes, you might even have a spouse who doesn’t like to go out in a public arena for various […]

Simple Date Idea #3 – Photo Scavenger Hunt

Here in the Midwest we’re having an unusually warm weather pattern for February, which means we have so many more options for going on a simple date. One that my husband and I love to do together involves capturing photos of either the beauty outside or moments inside for a quick selfie of us, or […]

Make Dating a Priority with Simple Date Idea #1

Sometimes we can let our lives become more crowded and busy than we should with kids to shuttle here and responsibilities to do there, eventually putting the priority of dating our mates on the back burner. Then we wonder why our marriage feels so lifeless and our spouse seems distant and uncaring. If there’s one […]

Join the Couple Connection Challenge And WW Linkup!

Recently I conducted a survey with men regarding the difficulties of being open with a wife or girlfriend. The survey is still ongoing, (and if you’re a man who’d like to participate, please click here) but so far the results have been very telling. I’ll be sharing about them soon. Now I may be making […]

Peacemaker or Peacekeeper? And WW Linkup

Since my post last week encouraged the extending of grace to our mates, I felt it was important to explain the difference between giving grace (peacemaking) and enabling unhealthy behavior (peacekeeping). After all … [Tweet ” Enabling and extending grace are two very different things that often get mistaken for each other.”] I’ve provided a […]

4 Year Blogaversary, Giveaways and Linkup!

I can’t believe it’s been four years since I launched Messy Marriage way back in October of 2010. Since then, much has happened in my life and in the life of this blog, but one thing has remained constant … my personal pursuit of a surrendered heart to God. That’s because I know a surrendered […]

Blogging Friendships that Bless!

A while back, I asked two blogging friends, Linda of Creekside Ministries and Sheila of Longings End if I could meet them in person over a cup of coffee after a conference that my husband and I were attending in New York. Linda wasn’t content with “just coffee” and suggested that we all have dinner […]