What Love Is …and How It Saved My Marriage

I cry at a lot of weddings now, especially during the vows…for better or for worse…in sickness and in health…for richer or for poorer. I wonder to myself if the two lovesick people standing together have any idea what those vows might mean someday. I remember when I made mine and thought about how I […]

Love IS Worth Fighting For

November 2005 To My Children, Brock, Malary, Madi, Max & Mitch With Love from Mom Letter #4 ********************************************* It wouldn’t be honest, at all, to say that there won’t be times in your marriage when you feel like throwing in the towel….just know that it’s totally normal. There will be times when you are just […]

Stop What You’re Doing and Have FUN Together

November 2005 To My Children, Brock, Malary, Madi, Max & Mitch With Love from Mom Letter #3 *********************************************** I remember every Friday night while I was growing up that my dad would take my mom out on a date, almost without exception. Once in a while when it was one of our birthdays or some […]

Good, Old Fashioned Putting Them First

November 2005 To My Children, Brock, Malary, Madi, Max & Mitch With Love from Mom Letter #2 *********************************************** When Dad and I were seriously dating, I constantly made diligent mental notes of everything that dad talked about so I could remember what made him happiest, and so I could act on the things I heard […]

Small Things Make the Difference

November 2005 To My Children, Brock, Malary, Madi, Max & Mitch With Love from Mom Letter #1 *********************************************** I met Dad when I was 18 and a senior in high school. He was 22 and had just returned from his mission in Australia…he came into my life unexpectedly and from out of nowhere. An invisible […]

What Does It REALLY Take to Stay Married?

Come on, let’s be honest….marriage is really really really hard sometimes.  If you are married, marriage is thrown into your juggling every single day.. Sometimes, it’s a ball of light, it’s a joy to juggle…and sometimes it’s big iron anvil….how do you keep it in the air no matter what form or weight it takes? […]

The Bad, Sad & Mad Parts of the Story…Staying Married Through Depression

I had a conversation with my grandmother a few years back. I gave her a whole stack of journals for Christmas and asked her to fill them. She wanted to know what I wanted to her to write…and, I told her that I wanted her to write EVERYTHING….she told me that she’d always been told, […]