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What is most important to you? MOST people would say their relationships–spouse, children, friends, family–are far more important than their job or social commitments.  Yet somehow Life can take over, and these very relationships get neglected. Healthy relationships take some work. Sometimes it can be hard and messy. Sometimes we feel like giving up. And […]

Marking Milestones: A Lifetime of Love Begins with Intentional Practices

Anniversary Milestones Anniversary milestones are important times to pause and reflect on marriage and life. Ryan & Amy, our middle son and his wife, recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary. I thought it would be fitting to highlight some of the ways they have intentionally focused on their marriage, forging a partnership that is joyful, […]

Doug & Cristie Martine: Constructing a Life of Partnership & Purpose

Doug & Cristie Martine share highlights and wisdom from dating and marriage, to Doug’s transition from climbing the corporate ladder, to starting a construction management company. 2:57 Met at Texas A&M (whoop!), dating, early marriage 10:30 Cristie’s eating disorder 17:33 Held in God’s Hand 18:51 What did the future look like regarding work or purpose? […]

Does Your Marriage Have a Trusted Advisor?

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Many believe that the rate of divorce is higher in entrepreneur marriages, though statistics are hard to find. If there is something to learn from those who have experienced divorce, let us learn from their lessons. Startups affect the whole family I sat down with Luke (identity changed for privacy), an entrepreneur whom I met […]

Why We Will Always Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Keeping love alive through intentional celebrations

If you’ve been in the grocery store since Christmas, you know from all the pink and red hearts that Valentine’s day is coming. Retailers make sure we know 7 weeks out, so no excuses being surprised come February 14! For some couples, there are maybe 2 days each year when they are intentional about their […]

Three Questions to Quickly Create Marriage Goals

I know some people like to create elaborate systems to set and track goals (think, bullet journal—stresses me out just thinking about keeping up with 6 different colored pens). But if you want a QUICK way to get some momentum going in your marriage, this is for you. I came across this great tool here–thank […]

Happy Marriages Have This In Common

I have a challenge for you that want a happy marriage. An alternative this season to the lure of the incessant advertisers and retailers, trying to convince us we don’t already have what we need to be happy. What would our lives be like if we practiced gratitude as a regular habit? More specifically, what if […]

This Word May Just Grow On You

Surrender. Quick word association…what words or feelings come to mind when you hear that word?  My hunch, confirmed by a little quick research, suggests that most of us would not include that word in our “how to succeed in life” list. It sounds like giving up, giving in, weakness.  Yet this word has been swirling […]