Category Archives: Marriage

The Key to Happy Holidays

Mark: Fall is in the air and that means the major holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner.  Have you talked with your spouse about your plans for the holidays? Jill: It may seem too early to do … Continue reading

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Need to Recalculate?

Mark: “Recalculating,” states the voice on the GPS unit. “Recalculating,” she repeats once again as we find ourselves off course on a trip. It’s a scene most of us are familiar with in some way now that smartphone map apps and … Continue reading

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The Importance of Re-Entry

Jill: This week I’m on the road speaking. While Mark travels with me much of the time, it didn’t work for this trip. So we’re already looking ahead to a re-entry plan. Mark: Military families are schooled on the concept … Continue reading

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Marriage Is A Labor of Love

Mark: It’s Labor Day. For some of us it’s a day filled with family, friends, and picnic food. For others, it’s a day to work on home projects. And still others are just enjoying that extra day provided in this … Continue reading

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The Lure of Happiness

Jill: I remember the day well. It was about a month after Mark had moved back home. He came home from work, smiled, and said to me, “Do you know what I realized today?” “No, what?” I replied. “I realized … Continue reading

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Untangle Your Heart

Mark: It was my anger. No, it wasn’t expressed outwardly. I wasn’t raging or blowing my top. Instead the anger was simmering inside of me. I was building a case in my heart against Jill. Everyday I operated as the prosecuting … Continue reading

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The Gift of Grace

Jill: Mark loves his coffee. I love Mark but I’m not particularly fond of his coffee. It seems I find coffee rings and coffee splotches everywhere. In the car. On the floor. On the table beside his chair (he takes … Continue reading

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Will You Come Out And Play With Me?

Mark: The last 9 months we’ve been working hard both on the book and on our kitchen remodel. We were in desperate need of some down time. Jill: Years ago I remember reading Willard Harley’s book His Needs…Her Needs and … Continue reading

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Your Spouse Isn’t The Person You Married

Jill: Today is Mark’s birthday! Happy Happy Birthday to my man! Mark: You know, it’s always been important to me to have a big, birthday celebration. Interestingly, the older I get, I desire smaller celebrations. Jill: Which brings us to … Continue reading

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We’re done!

Mark: We’re done!  The manuscript for No More Perfect Marriages is being turned in today! Jill: We’re so excited, we’re doing backflips over here. Mark: Well we would if we could! Jill: The last two weeks have been a little … Continue reading

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There’s A Whole Lot More God In Me

Mark: Jill and I spent the weekend in Cincinnati. She had the privilege of speaking at the AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) conference on Saturday. We decided to stay an extra day since Saturday was our anniversary. Jill: Getting … Continue reading

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Downsize In Order To Upsize

Mark: Last night we enjoyed the fine art of porching. You know, we sat out on the porch for hours just talking, laughing, telling stories, and enjoying the time with friends and family. Relationships take time. In order to tune … Continue reading

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Forgiveness: You Need To Offer It Everyday

Mark: Jill didn’t hear what I said. I had to choose to forgive.  Jill: Mark forgot to stop at the grocery store to pick up cat food on his way home.  I had to forgive.  Mark: Jill didn’t turn on … Continue reading

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