February is the month of love and all around I’m seeing hearts, pink and red, and ways to make the month special for the ones we love. Our celebration of Valentine’s Day has changed over the course of three kids,...
  Are you in a “dinner and movie” date night rut? With Valentine's Day coming up, many of us are thinking about date ideas to connect with our partners. For Christmas, I gifted my husband with “12 Months of Dates.” I wanted...
A few years ago, I wrote about How I Date My Husband. We had little kids and it made sense to be intentional about finding ways to stay connected when we couldn’t find—or afford—babysitters. Now that our kids are...
We were going to take a trip for our anniversary.  Ten years of marriage justified the expense. It was going to be the second time in seven years of parenthood that we were kid-free. We were going.  Then we weren’t. Then...
  As we finish our first month of social distancing I have asked myself many times, to quote The Office, “Why are you the way that you are?” to my spouse. As I’m sure he has thought the same thing...
How's your love life going? That's a weird question if you're married. You're knee-deep in laundry. It's 10 p.m. and you forgot your preschooler needs to take snacks tomorrow. Your second grader wants home lunch and you haven't gotten groceries...
Who else loves day dates? My husband and I are intentionally working on finding time and space for dates. With four kids that can be difficult. Sports, Scouts, 4-H, school activities, volunteering make date nights a challenge. This...
My husband doesn’t buy me flowers, and I don’t want them anyway. He loves me, he loves me not... oh, how he loves me. The kind of love he delivers me isn’t a 1-800-FLOWERS type of thing. He sacrifices for me daily...
I love relationship origin stories, but ours tops them all. Because it’s ours. Because it reminds me of how we got to where we are. Of who we were before the 10 years of marriage and three children and...
I was cradling my 5-month-old miracle baby in my arms when I heard our pastor mention an upcoming marriage conference as part of the weekly announcements. I didn’t think much of it as we hopped into the van on...

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