Category Archives: Aging

When You’re Not Living Your Happily Ever After

Face it. Most of us married with rose-colored glasses on. We expected our love would carry us through whatever storms life sent our way. But.life.is.hard. Tom and I married when I was only 19 and he was 24. I moved … Continue reading

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If Marriage Had A Fountain Of Youth

I remember as a child hearing of Ponce de Leon’s pursuit of The Fountain Of Youth. It was said to be somewhere in Florida, and it was told he spent his life trying to find it. But he never did … Continue reading

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I’m Right and You’re Wrong–So There!

We had a conversation recently with some friends about our tendency to notice every little error our spouse says when sharing a story. As we discussed this we all realized that we do this way too often. And why? After … Continue reading

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A Tribute To A Lifelong Love

On Friday another dear friend of our’s went to be with the Lord. He would have been 66 this month, and he leaves behind a devoted wife, four adult children along with their spouses and many grandchildren who loved him … Continue reading

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What Age Does Sex Stop In Marriage?

One wouldn’t think this is such a difficult question to answer. I used to think sex ended when you got old–like in your fifties. But then, I turned 50! 😉 Now old is always 15 years older than me. I’m … Continue reading

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My Spouse Has Little Or No Desire For Sex

In our culture, with all the emphasis on sex, you wouldn’t think this is as big of an issue as it actually is. Yet no one wants to talk about it. Except, of course, for the spouse who is having … Continue reading

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Men On Pause

Years ago our pastor jokingly referred to menopause as “Men On Pause.” I thought he was kidding at the very best, or I hoped he was exaggerating at the very least. Turns out he was quite right. <sigh> Based on … Continue reading

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When Your Sex Drive Putters Out

Last week I pulled back the curtain, and I’m compelled to do the same with this post, but it is a lot more personal. However, I can’t shake the importance of this topic, so here goes… A few months ago … Continue reading

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Let’s Share An Afternoon Of Coffee And Conversation

If we could plan to meet for coffee one afternoon, I’m sure we would talk about normal everyday kinds of things. But there would be a moment when the conversation turned to the more personal side, where I would share … Continue reading

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A Marriage That Lasts

We have a friend, Beth, whose grandparents will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in September. She happens to be the twin sister to an amazing photographer named Mary Fields. They used the questions from the back of my book, Through … Continue reading

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Rejoicing, Recovering, Relaxing, Remembering with Respect

The night before we came home from our mountain cabin makeover marathon, we found out a dear friend of ours passed away. He had battled cancer for a long time, and Monday the Lord decided it was time for his … Continue reading

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I Couldn’t Be Happier

As you know, my family surprised me last week by taking me to Savannah for Mother’s Day. I was struggling with sadness the entire week before because everywhere I went I saw signs for Mother’s Day reminding me my Mother … Continue reading

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A Short Love Story – Vito’s Coffee Shop

Today I want to share with you a short story I wrote years ago. With Memorial Day the end of this month, it seems the right time.  Vito’s Coffee Shop The day began like any other; after doing a once … Continue reading

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Meet The Gardners

Have you ever heard your spouse talk about someone over and over, but never had the chance to meet them? Someone they had met before you were together? You’ve heard so much about them that it’s almost like you know … Continue reading

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Come Grow Old With Me

I remember when we reached the point in our marriage where we had been together longer than we had been single. It was thrilling to have crossed that milestone bringing with it a sense of success. Although we were very … Continue reading

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Embracing the Moment

When a couple stands at the altar to exchange wedding vows, both promise many things to each other. Some share traditional vows and others write in their own words from the heart. Their focus is on the future and all … Continue reading

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Longest Married Couple In U.S.

We recently read this article by Lauren Sher from the ABC News blog and thought we had to share it with you for encouragement and to celebrate this dear couple’s commitment to each other and their marriage. A Connecticut couple who … Continue reading

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10 Things My Mom’s Death Taught Me

My Mom’s estate sale was this past weekend. It was another layer of letting go, and it wasn’t easy–not that I thought it would be. Things are not special. They wear out, rust, decay and break. But the memory of … Continue reading

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“‘Til Death Do Us Part”

I remember a conversation I had one afternoon with a single girlfriend of mine years ago. Somehow we got on the topic of eternity. She was asking me how I could stand the thought of losing Tom, since she knew … Continue reading

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