The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Melody Morris Gifts, Giving, Gratitude, Holidays Leave a Comment

It was Thanksgiving weekend many years ago, and my sisters and I were at mom and dad’s house for the holiday. We were sitting around talking and my dad said, “I know what gift I want for Christmas this year.” That stopped the conversation. Dad rarely asked for anything. And selecting a gift for him was always a challenge. “I …

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 …

Surviving the Holidays During a Marriage Separation

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Holiday music is playing everywhere. Hallmark is running sentimental movies in a perpetual loop on television. Your mailbox is flooded with catalogues, reminding you of gifts you want to purchase and how little time you have to do that. A marriage separation is a difficult and emotional time The stress that comes with the holidays can often make things worse. If you are …

Adding a Little Flavor to Your Marriage

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Why is there pumpkin spice flavor in everything? From lattes to cereal, yogurt to rice cakes, this popular flavor, which actually has no pumpkin in it, seems to be everywhere this time of year. (If you don’t believe us, then check out this ranking of 124 pumpkin spice products.) Flavors and smells can evoke strong memories. Perhaps the popularity of …