Hold on Tight

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My husband and I were taking our evening stroll. We are relatively new to the neighborhood and look forward to opportunities to chat and get to know people better. Ken is in the process of tidying up the landscaping around our home, so he enjoys discovering which varieties of flowers, bushes and shrubs are doing well in our neighbor’s yards. …

When Life is Difficult—Do the Next Right Thing

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What do you do when life is difficult and you feel like things are completely out of your control? Here’s a suggestion from an optimistic actor waging a very public battle with Parkinson’s disease. Do the right thing, and then do the next right thing, and that will lead you to the next right thing after that.     -Michael J. …

Pandemic and the Unexpected Gift

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Pandemic.  At the risk of stating the obvious, we are living through unusual days. No matter what part of the country you are in, if you listen to or read any news at all, you are aware that the world is more than a little chaotic right now. At the very least, there is much uncertainty. And no one really …

Sex, Marriage, and Kelly Clarkson

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America has fallen in love with Kelly Clarkson. The young Texas waitress won the very first season of American Idol back in 2002. She managed to leverage that win into a mega career as a pop music star. Recently, she coached missionary-kid-turned-country-singer Jake Hoot to victory on NBC’s The Voice. And now Kelly Clarkson hosts a very popular talk show. …

Running Together into 2020

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Have you ever seen a three-legged race? Teams of two people tie one leg to the other person’s leg and then take off running together on what looks like three legs. It’s awkward at best. And kind of silly. But after a few clumsy steps, it’s possible for two people who are tied to each other to cooperate and race …

A Thanksgiving Love Letter

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How long has it been since you’ve written a love letter to your spouse?  We found this sweet letter from a wife to her husband, and it inspired us. Because there’s something about an actual old-fashioned letter that is undeniably romantic—even when it’s written on a computer. In an age when too much communication comes in the form of a …

Gratitude: It’s Good for your Marriage

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When someone mentions Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Turkey defrosting in your refrigerator? Traveling to see extended family? Preparing your home for out of town guests? Perhaps you think about watching the big games on television. While enjoying another slice of pumpkin pie. And after that the annual backyard football game with your siblings or cousins. Thanksgiving is marked by …

Make the Holidays Easier on Your Marriage

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Does your blood pressure rise when you look up and realize there are Christmas decorations out at your local big-box store, and it’s only OCTOBER?  You’re not alone.  Healthline surveyed more than 2,200 people and found that nearly 65% of people feel moderate or significant amounts of stress during the holidays. Among the biggest stress-producers? Family, food, and finances. Can …

The Gift of a Strong Marriage (Part 2) — Stability

Melody Morris Commitment, Communication, Connection, Marriage Health, When Life is Difficult Leave a Comment

When you decide to get married, you start making plans. And after you marry, you keep making plans. But you know what they say. Life is what happens while you are making plans. My husband and I had a five year plan when we married. We knew what we wanted to do and where we wanted to be. And we …

Surviving the Empty Nest

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The eighteen years or so that a child is at home are filled with all kinds of activity, and a wide range of emotions. And when that child leaves home—for college, or the military, to move into their own apartment or get married—the house may seem incredibly empty. If weekends have been filled with sporting events, dance competitions, youth group …