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90 Ways to Reconnect with Your Spouse (Free Printable)

90 ways to reconnect with your spouse ( husband or wife ) and improve your marriage. Simple ideas and conversation starters for building a solid relationship after baby, with parenting duties, or during a busy season. Could even work after an affair or separation, to help rekindle the spark you once had. Lots of simple ideas and fun dates to enjoy your life together.

Throughout the last few years, Joe and I have gradually grown apart. I slept with Allie in her bed, and he slept in our bed. We never hugged or kissed and often didn’t even usually have nice words for one another. Joe and I have seen a therapist for emotionally focused therapy for years and years, maybe seven? It’s been a long time, even though EFT is supposed to be a short-term solution. We both have a lot of childhood issues to work out, and they have had lasting effects on our relationships with people in general, but especially with … Read more

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

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

35 Bible Verses on Love & Marriage

Have you heard someone say before that God created marriage as a gift to men and women? I would like to think that’s true, but marriage is hard work. Am I right? Joe and I are committed to each other and to our marriage, but that doesn’t change the fact that we both (as introverts who don’t like to talk about our feelings) find it a formidable challenge most days. We squabble about the kids, we squabble about money, we squabble about my overcommitting the family. Sometimes, we bicker about nothing. It takes a lot of work and effort to … Read more

Planning an At-Home Date – Honoring the Man They Call Daddy

For my fourth Honoring the Man They Call Daddy post, I shared why Joe and I need to spend some time dating again. Did you see the other bloggers’ posts about planning at-home dates? I loved every single one. The Date Night Myth This post may just get me kicked out of the blogosphere, but in all honesty, I think the importance of regular date nights is over-emphasized and not really a true indicator of a healthy marriage at all. Yep, I said it. In many ways, Mandi’s post was like part two of mine. She explained how to focus … Read more

How in the World Did You Do That?

Every spring, we borrow our neighbor’s hedge trimmer to cut the bushes in our front yard. Our neighbor is an electrical engineer who is getting married in the fall. I was his astronomy teacher in high school. It took me a little while to get over that. Anyway, he has lots of power tools, and he is happy to lend them to us when we need them. I asked him if I could borrow the hedge trimmer last week. The following morning, I asked Joe if he’d grab our big outdoor extension cord and get it set up for me … Read more