4 Ways Listening Draws My Mate to Me

My husband and I did not enter marriage as great listeners or with amazingly refined listening skills. We were young and really not all that aware of how important listening was to our marriage. I would go on in those early days of marriage to get my Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, where […]

Photo Tour of London Plus Linkup!

It’s been so much fun to share photos with all of you from the anniversary trip that my husband and I took to the U.K. (back in 2013) in honor of our most recent anniversary of 30 years! And as promised, today I’m sharing the last installment of that trip with a look at all the […]

Our Anniversary Trip to Liverpool, England Plus Giveaway and Linkup

I’m continuing a series of posts that are in honor of my 30 years of marriage to my hubby, Gary. About four years ago we went for our 25th anniversary (a year late) to the U.K.—visiting Tenby, Wales first; and then London, England last. But in between those two destinations, we visited Liverpool, England, since […]

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 Idea #7 – Gratitude Walk

My husband and I have discovered that often one of the first “honeymoon phase” practices to go is expressing gratitude to each other. That means it’s often a distant image in the rearview mirror for most couples who’ve been married for any length of time. But oh how it improves the atmosphere and culture of […]

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 […]

How Enabling Your Mate Controls ‘You’

I want to discuss one more way that our mates can sometimes control us … through the ever-tempting avenue of enabling them. The reason I say this is “tempting” is probably because I feel this draw as a woman and mother perhaps a bit more than men generally do. Enabling actually springs up from a […]

Every Marriage Needs Adventure!

Some of my best memories of bonding with my family when I was a child were from the many vacations we took. Since my dad was a pastor, we often to traveled to wherever the SBC annual conventions were held, so I got to see so many great places across the U.S. I’m grateful that […]

A Wife’s Perspective on Men and Openness And WW Linkup!

In a couple of weeks I will be diving into a series on “Men and Openness” that’s based upon a survey that I’ve been conducting for several months now. But today I want to approach this sticky subject from my own feminine and often skewed (probably due to Estrogen) perspective. 😉 [Tweet “My husband and […]