Faith, Family Fun, island life, Marriage Mondays, Parenting

Happily Ever After

This guy- I don't know what I would do without him. Four babies have come and gone. They are building careers and families of their own. We are back to the two of us. We loved the years of raising our chaotic zoo and it hurts to know that we are officially done with that… Continue reading Happily Ever After

Faith, island life

What Equals An Extraordinary Life?

Dead Poets Society- I love this movie. I find it inspiring and heartbreaking in equal parts. John Keating (played by Robin Williams) is attempting to open the eyes of his students to the idea that life can be more than what they have been told or what they have seen. Now, this causes problems but… Continue reading What Equals An Extraordinary Life?

Faith, Marriage Mondays

This One Thing That Will Bring Peace to Your Marriage

Grace. That is the one element that will make your marriage better. Grace will make any relationship you have better- including the relationship you have with yourself. What is Grace exactly? grace Definition of grace  (Entry 1 of 2)1a: unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification b: a virtue coming from God c: a state… Continue reading This One Thing That Will Bring Peace to Your Marriage

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Talk About It! The Biggest Hurdle in a Marriage

https://videopress.com/v/VSVcho9R?preloadContent=metadata On this Marriage Monday, I want to talk about the biggest hurddle you have had to overcome in your marriage. For me and my love, it has been communication. I am betting, that this has been yours. Even if wasn't THE biggest hurdle, I can guarantee it was key to you overcoming that hurdle.… Continue reading Talk About It! The Biggest Hurdle in a Marriage

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Do This One Thing To Make Your Marriage Stronger

The one thing my husband tells our children and any other young person who askes is this, "Move at least 3 hours from both sets of parents." I have to say I agree. Lest you think we hate our parents, let me set the record straight- we don't. But, with that said, if parents are… Continue reading Do This One Thing To Make Your Marriage Stronger

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What I Wish I Had Known… Two things that would have saved me so much grief.

When I married my husband at the mature age of 19, I had no idea of what I was getting into. Who does? What I also didn't know, at the time, was that the unrealistic expectations of perfection and "normal" that I carried were going to steal so much joy and make adjusting to married… Continue reading What I Wish I Had Known… Two things that would have saved me so much grief.

Faith, Marriage Mondays

The Key to a Long-lasting Marriage

Who was the person or persons that impacted your marriage the most? Mine would be my parents. They embodied commitment. We just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. I am so proud of them! They were committed because they made a promise and you keep a promise- through the good and the bad. There was plenty… Continue reading The Key to a Long-lasting Marriage

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The Best Belongs At Home

So often, we give our best to our boss or our coworkers or our church family and we are so spent when we get home that our family gets the leftovers. Leftovers are, 9 times out of 10, gross. Nobody wants leftovers, certainly not on a regular basis. If we want a thriving marriage, then… Continue reading The Best Belongs At Home

Faith, Out of the Shadows, writing

Living Bravely in a Dangerous World

When you live with a first responder, you think about the "what if". Not all the time, but frequently. At least I did. All in a vain attempt to make myself feel like I had a plan. There were times you had no choice, like when your husband needs to know how you want to… Continue reading Living Bravely in a Dangerous World

Marriage Mondays, writing

My Favorite Love Story- Part One

As you know, I love a love story. I believe that every person does, too. I am often asked what is my favorite book or love story. The answer is easy- our love story. Tony and I met in college. It wasn't love at first sight. As a matter of fact, we crossed paths for… Continue reading My Favorite Love Story- Part One