Category Archives: Keeping It Real

Is Your Marriage Like This?

It seems more and more couples are sharing with us the current lack of health in their marriage. We can see the pain and disappointment in their eyes. It grieves us because we know this is not how marriage is … Continue reading

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2018 Date Night Challenge – The Letter “T”

We are a bit behind on our monthly date challenge, but that hasn’t deterred us from pressing on. Tom, who happens to be my favorite “T” planned a special afternoon TEA for me at a local TEA shop. I am … Continue reading

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IT HAPPENS!

Today we had our septic tank pumped. It wasn’t long before I was running to close all the windows and fast! The fact that “IT” happens doesn’t make it pleasant or inviting, but it’s necessary. Our day yesterday was similar, … Continue reading

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A Gift to Avoid Drift

For my birthday this year Tom has committed to work out with me at home. He went so far and quit his gym membership too, so I knew he was serious. I am excited for this new chapter in our … Continue reading

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Wake Up Call

This has been a difficult week for our church family. A dear friend and long time member of our church had a massive heart attack last Tuesday morning. They were just enjoying normal life when this crisis hit them unexpectedly. … Continue reading

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Here Comes The Judge

Our pastor preached on Romans 8 this past Sunday. It was a good reminder of the freedom we have in Christ, and an encouragement to no longer live in condemnation. He said something at the end though, that made me … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

Ask Pastor John Is Oral Sex Okay? – John Piper answers this common question for married couples wanting to know. Gary Thomas The Ebb and Flow Of Physical Attraction in Marriage – a good reminder. Intimacy In Marriage Sex Isn’t … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – The De-Masking Of Prince Charming

(Originally posted on June 27, 2012) Each of us on a specific day of a specific year stood before others and exchanged our marriage vows. Most likely we were full of great anticipation of this being our fairy tale come … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – Grace Given Brings Peace

(Originally posted on April, 21, 2010) It is late. It has been one of those nights where I am filled with emotions I don’t understand, much less expect my husband to understand.   Yet I try.  I strive to communicate honestly, … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

It’s time to share some of our favorite reads from the past week. Enjoy… Christian Communicators Worldwide 35 Questions for Maturing a Christian Marriage – I happened upon this website with these excellent questions, and each one could lead to … Continue reading

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2018 Date Night Challenge – “F” Date

I had so many grand ideas for this date, but FAIL was not one of them. Once again, I’m sharing our FAILS with you, so you can realize that date nights have to be FLEXIBLE. But I must admit this … Continue reading

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2018 Date Night Challenge – “D” Date

Tom here. It was my turn to plan our next date, the letter “D” Date, and I had come up with a great idea. What I didn’t plan for was the place to be closed for a private event. NO! … Continue reading

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Marriage Is Our Passion

From the day we were married, Tom said that we would spend our lives helping marriages thrive, and he has never wavered from this conviction. We have hosted countless small groups in our home for the sole purpose of building … Continue reading

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Happy False Labor Day NOT!

It was February of 1984. I was 24, Tom was 29. We were expecting our second baby any day. I was 10 days past my due date, when the familiar labor pains began. I was ready to meet my baby. … Continue reading

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Keeping It Real–Worth The Effort

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love parties. I love holidays. I love surprises. I love celebrations. Since Tom has retired it makes it very difficult to surprise him. He is almost always home when I’m home. … Continue reading

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5 Marriage Blogger Husband’s Answer This Question…

Why is Sex Important? Part One Listen in on this podcast as my husband, Tom, and the following men discuss this vital aspect of Sex in a healthy Marriage: Paul Byerly, The Generous Husband and The XY Code Scott Means, Heaven … Continue reading

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Keeping It Real This New Year…

I want to post something because it’s been awhile since I have. But my reserves are low and my motivation even more so. We have been caught in the middle of many situations requiring our constant attention. It has divided … Continue reading

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(S)Elf On The Shelf

Our daughter sent us a photo on the first of December. It’s of their little elf who had brought hot chocolate for their 4 children to enjoy when they 2 woke up. It’s a cute tradition many young families have … Continue reading

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Uncovering 5 Practices Detrimental To Marriage: The Question Behind The Question

Stop signs are there for our protection and the safety of those around us. They help us know when to stop, think, observe, then proceed with caution. Can you imagine a world without STOP signs? Where everyone can proceed full-speed-ahead … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – Meekness: Think Before You React Part 2

Nancy continues to encourage us… Now, there’s balance in all of this because there are things we stuff that we need to say, and there are things we say that we ought to stuff. Discernment and the control of the Spirit helps us … Continue reading

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