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101 More Ways to Love Your Husband

101 Ways to love your husband - A happy marriage doesn't just happen. You have to be intentional about romance and fun and these tips and ideas will help you woo any guy and make him feel like your boyfriend. Date nights, treats, acts of service, and lots of other advice.

Five years ago, I wrote a list of 75 ways to love your kids. Loving my kids comes naturally to me; it’s like breathing. I grew them in my body. I know them as well as one person can know another. They are with me nearly every minute of every day. They’re little; I can explain away most of their annoying qualities. Loving my husband, on the other hand, is not like breathing. He’s an adult with grown-up feelings and grown-up responsibilities and grown-up caustic remarks. He’s also got plenty of annoying qualities that are not easily explained away (and … Read more

The Best 20+ Adult & Teen Games for Date Night

20+ best adult games for date night, but the whole family will enjoy these, even the kids!

I love games. I’m very good at games, too, which makes it less fun to play with me, but my dear husband is a very good sport and doesn’t mind that he usually loses at some things. Games are a great way to enjoy quality time together as a couple after the kids are in bed. They reduce the pressure on deep conversation and give each of you something to focus on while still providing the time together that your marriage desperately needs. I don’t know about you, but poor Joe and me never have anything to talk about when … Read more

31 Ways to Love Your Husband (Free Printable)

31 Ways to love your husband - Married life is hard. Whether your marriage has fallen on hard times or things are going great, you can always improve by making an effort to love your husband well. Through this series of romantic gestures, texts, thank you notes, and more, you can make your best friend feel special and appreciated.

In June 2011, I wrote a blog post that I could have written yesterday called Why I Need to Date My Husband. I hope you will jump over and read it; it is as true and good now as it was then. Joe and I spend so much time taking care of our people and our home and our jobs and all our other stuff that we spend very little time taking care of each other. And I think each other is who we should be taking care of first. So I came up with a 31-day challenge, 31 little … Read more

Pinewood Derby Cars

When we found out I was pregnant, Joe began to anticipate our future children’s Pinewood Derbies. He recalled the fun he’d had with his dad, planning and building cars and racing them at Cub Scouts. To say he was eager is an understatement. When Grace was one or two, Joe bought a Pinewood Derby car kit. He never made the car, just kept the kit with his tools, ready for someday. In the fall, Joe and Grace learned that they would be able to participate in our church’s annual Pinewood Derby this month. As it approached, Joe got more and … Read more

There’s No M in that Word

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Thanks to The Logic of English, Grace is spelling better than ever. She can spell words by listening, and even though she believes she can’t read, she can sound words out by looking at them. This bit of knowledge is important for the story I’m about to tell. I’ve been making big strides toward taking our home back from the mess. Every weekend, I tackle some zone of some room. This past weekend, it was the corner of my bedroom, between my standing jewelry box and my large dresser. There has been a large pile of laundry, old pillows, magazines, … Read more

Getting Greener with Diapers.com

My household, while aware of global issues, is not especially green. We do some environmentally-friendly things, especially when they cost less than their wasteful counterparts. We have mostly ditched paper towels and paper napkins in favor of cloth ones. We use washable kitchenware instead of disposable plates and flatware. We switched from disposable diapers to cloth diapers for Allie. All of those decisions have had enormous financial benefits, in addition to decreasing our family’s impact on the environment. At the same time, we’ve held on to incandescent light bulbs and traditional soap products. Being green doesn’t have to be all … Read more