Category Archives: Parenting

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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Vintage Post – I’m Exhausted Part II

This is Part 2 of our series titled, Diapers, Toddlers & Romance, Oh My, where we are talking about how to keep the home fires burning in the midst of raising a family. Yesterday we began by talking about the element of … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – I’m Exhausted Part I

It’s amazing how much energy is required to raise a family, yet with each baby that’s born time doesn’t slow down. It marches on whether you’re in step or not. How can a couple continue to make the most of … Continue reading

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Decades of Marriage – The Second Ten Years

You’ve just celebrated your 10th wedding anniversary. Congratulations! Many couples don’t make it this far, so you must have learned some degree of communication skills to get you to this point. You are to be commended. Just about the time … Continue reading

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Decades Of Marriage – The First Ten Years

A decade is a long time–ten years, to be exact and much happens in this span of time. Just consider the past ten years of your life? Where were you in 2006? How have you changed? How has your marriage … Continue reading

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Are You Free To Do This In Your Home?

  It is greatly needed in every home, yet oftentimes life gets so serious that months can go by and we haven’t even thought about it much less found a reason to do it. But we encourage you to find venues … Continue reading

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Full Hearts With Empty Arms

March was a whirlwind of a month for us, and it’s taken me until now to recover. I was away from home for 27 days helping my daughter get ready for her 4th baby to come, and helping our son … Continue reading

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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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Tired But Happy

It’s a week before Christmas, and our house is busy, busy, busy–wiping noses, changing diapers, playing crash, coloring, blowing bubbles and such. All 6 of our grandchildren are here through Christmas–yea! We have gingerbread houses to decorate, cookies to bake, … Continue reading

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‘Twas A Christmas To Remember

I’ve written the following poem for your enjoyment, but in addition, we believe it displays a possible reason many who read our blog struggle to romance their spouse in big and special ways. However, romance is much more than the … Continue reading

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A Marriage Miracle

We are in waiting mode–our son and daughter-in-love are expecting their 3rd baby any day. We have had their two adorable girls for a couple of days so Ashley can rest. Although this is difficult even without the daily responsibilities … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

This week’s Happy Hour special comes from a blog I just discovered. The writer, Lisa-Jo Baker, knows how to tell a story so well that you won’t want the post to end. This particular one is the perfect follow-up to … Continue reading

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25+ Ways To Bless Your Spouse When You’re Expecting

There is nothing that changes the dynamic of your marriage so quickly as hearing these two words: We’re pregnant! Within days the morning sickness (or all day sickness, in some cases) kicks in and the wife is taken out of her … Continue reading

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Weeping For Boston

The following is our son, Jason’s, third guest post. He is becoming so popular we may just have to keep him as our Thursday feature. Today’s post is sobering to say the least–it had this Mama crying, as it very … Continue reading

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Oh Happy Day

Friday I was working in the kitchen when I heard a knock on the front door. I opened the door only to find my two granddaughter’s Bristol (5) and Willow (3) standing there all alone with big smiles on their … Continue reading

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What Weddings Can Help Us See

Today we have the privilege of witnessing the vows of our life-long friends’ daughter. It is a day to celebrate, because on this day her parents will receive the reward from their years of investment in her life. As he … Continue reading

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What Jurassic Park Taught Me About Love

Every Thursday during the month of April, we are thrilled to have our son, Jason, guest blogging for us. We’ve given him creative license to write about whatever is on his mind and heart concerning marriage. We believe you’ll be … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day – Hype or Help?

I can’t count the number of couples I talk to who choose not to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They say it’s just another day where Hallmark, florists and chocolate companies are trying to get us to give them what’s in our … Continue reading

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Don’t Skip This One Thing

I remember hearing as a young adult when considering my future husband to pay attention to how he treated his mother. This was said to be a great indicator of his real character. Through the years I’ve come to see … Continue reading

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Get Your Romance On

Diapers and jobs and schedules, oh my! Yes, life is full of must-do’s, but it mustn’t negate our need and/or desire for romance. Our marriage is far too important to sideline this aspect of our relationship. First, let’s be clear … Continue reading

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