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A Mocha For Your Tuesday

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“Sooner rather than later, sit down with your spouse and figure out who is supposed to do what. Not defining household duties and then doing them is a cause of innumerable unnecessary arguments and hurt feelings. And remember, regardless of who does it, someone is going to have to do every chore, or the household […]

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Every Monday, we send out an email to a collection of our business friends with a motivational quote and some thoughts on the above quote. This week’s was one of my favorites yet, and I think it has as much impact in marriage as it does in business! “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang […]

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I ran across a Reader’s Digest article one time with a list of happy marriage advice. One of the tips I found most interesting was how to reduce tension when a fight is simmering. The author recommended going for a walk. At first I was like, what? I’m arguing with my spouse and you’re telling me to […]

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If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you’ve probably discovered that Joel and I love traveling almost as much as we love our vanilla lattes. We’re the kind of people who don’t really know how to relax on a “vacation”. We go from sunrise to sunset – excited to see and experience […]

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I love to dream in fairytales, but even fairytales have bumps in the road. I have a hard time assuming that Cinderella never disagreed with Prince Charming over how to run that kingdom. It’s just the part of the story you don’t always hear. Kind of like happily ever after love. We hear the newlyweds who […]

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We all have to deal with it. A husband who never puts his shoes away, no matter how many times you bug him. A wife who leaves dirty dishes in the sink for days. It doesn’t take long into your marriage to start seeing those annoying little things start to pop up that you never […]

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Last week I talked about finding something you enjoy in the activities your wife (or soon to be wife) does.  Even if you don’t love the activity itself, try to find something in that activity that you can love.  Or learn to love. So this week I wanted to talk about finding and doing something […]

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She loves Yoga.  But you think it’s just silly. She loves chick flicks.  But they make you want to fall asleep. She loves going thrift shopping.  But you get bored after 2 minutes. She loves to travel, but all old houses look the same to you. Does this sound familiar? There are some couples that […]

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“Never talk badly about your spouse to other people or vent about them online. Protect your spouse at all times and in all places.” ~Dave Willis In a culture where social media is used as place to vent our feelings, this is something to take seriously! In a moment of anger or resentment, giving just […]

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I was reading an article a little while ago about a couple who had gone to a marriage counseling session. The complaints seemed petty, but I suspect the issues went way deeper than the symptoms. The counselor at one point in the session told the couple that “everything will work out”. There was more to […]

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I’ve loved quotes for as long as I can remember. They were doodled on my Lisa Frank notebooks and taped on my Space Makers. (Who remembers those?!) One of my favorite quotes as a teenager: “Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instruments afterward. Start your day…with God.” ~James Hudson Taylor Even […]

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We all know what it’s like to come home tired, cranky, and just kind of annoyed with life. The smallest things can set us off, and quickly. When those tense emotions make you critical of anything and everything, be careful about going into attack mode! There’s a big difference between attacking and discussing. It’s important […]

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