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DREAM Marriage Key #5:  Mutual Activities

DREAM Marriage Key #5: Mutual Activities

Download the podcast or listen to it now: What did you and your husband like to do when you were dating?  (Besides kissing…) In this month’s podcast, we look at the fifth and final key to having a DREAM marriage.  The “M” stands for:  MUTUAL...
3 Steps to Get Back to School with Ease

3 Steps to Get Back to School with Ease

Since my kids are in a year-round school, we’ve had some practice getting back to school this summer.  I’ve thought of the top 3 steps to help your family get back to school with ease.  For many families, Labor Day is the precursor for the beginning of the...
Moms Who Travel for Business

Moms Who Travel for Business

I usually don’t have to travel for business, but this month, I was away to meet with Dr. Gary Chapman and the Moody Publishers team, and then to speak at the women’s retreat of the Rock Church.  When I’m away from home, my kids have different...
Hope is in the House

Hope is in the House

This weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Rock Church (San Diego) for their women’s retreat.  The theme was Hope is in the House. And boy, did we all need hope from our Heavenly Father! God has this amazing way of speaking to every single woman...
Dream Marriage Key #4:  Attraction

Dream Marriage Key #4: Attraction

Download the podcast or listen to it now: No one really signs up for a ho-hum, barely makin’ it kind of marriage.  Remember how you used to dream of what your life would be like with your man? It’s time to keep dreaming…that’s why we’ve...
Best Jigsaw Puzzle Gift Ever

Best Jigsaw Puzzle Gift Ever

James and I spoke at a marriage retreat this past weekend up in the mountains.  The retreat organizers had the best jigsaw puzzle gift ever. The theme of the retreat was “The Amazing Race.”  Marriage is a marathon isn’t it?  They had team games and...
When the Love Language is Touch

When the Love Language is Touch

This is my youngest child Lucy.  And her love language is definitely touch. Although from the photo, you might think it was gifts.  (If you’re not familiar with the Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman, check it out here). She’s constantly giving hugs,...
First Day of School

First Day of School

A big part of the summer is officially over:  Today was the first day of school. I know, some of you who start after Labor Day are thinking, “What in the world???” My kids officially began 2nd and 4th grade at their amazing elementary school that we love. ...
DREAM Marriage Key #3:  Eros

DREAM Marriage Key #3: Eros

Download the podcast or listen to it now: On the Happy Home podcast, I’ve been talking about having a DREAM marriage.  We are on the “E” in dream which is likely one of your husband’s favorite subjects. Eros.  That little Greek word that means...

DREAM Marriage Key #3: Eros

How would you rate your lovelife?  In message three of the DREAM marriage series, Arlene talks about the “E” in DREAM which is eros.  Get revved up about romance in your marriage once again with these easy ideasCheck out this...
3 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Husband

3 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Husband

Last week, I wrote about 3 Scriptures to pray over your children.  So I thought it would be very fitting to follow up with 3 Scriptures you can pray over your husband. And – as a sidenote – you can pray these prayers even if you don’t have a husband...
3 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Kids

3 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Kids

Since Ethan has been in 1st grade, I have been a part of a Moms in Prayer group.  If you have a kid or grandkid in school, you must consider joining a Moms in Prayer group.  It’s a wonderful, sure fire way of blessing your child and protecting them through their...
Writing Next Book with Dr. Gary Chapman!

Writing Next Book with Dr. Gary Chapman!

I am thrilled, honored, floored, and humbled to announce that I will be writing my next book with Dr. Gary Chapman.  Dr. Chapman is the author of the bestselling The 5 Love Languages series (more than 8 million copies sold – yes, you read that right!).  We will...
Big News Next Week!

Big News Next Week!

I’m not pregnant… We’re not adopting… We’re not moving… But I do have some exciting, red-letter-day news that I will share with you next week.  Especially if you are a parent, you are going to benefit from my announcement! Talk to...
Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gifts

Here are some of the Father’s Day gifts James received yesterday.  Boxes made with love.  A touching book all about dad.  These gifts were made by the best kids in the world for the best dad in the world (yes, I’m biased!). James is a great father for many...
DREAM Marriage Key #2:  Respect

DREAM Marriage Key #2: Respect

Download the podcast or listen to it now: Help Wanted:  Looking for a good woman who will respect a good man.  Many marriages are in trouble today because they lack one main ingredient in a healthy relationship:  RESPECT.  Wives can withhold respect when husbands...

DREAM Marriage Key #2: Respect

You cannot underestimate the power of respect in a husband’s heart.  In this message about having a DREAM marriage, Arlene reveals the second key to your husband’s heart:  respect.  Learn how to give it regardless of what is happening in...
Kids Are Home for Summer…Now What?

Kids Are Home for Summer…Now What?

The kids are home for summer…now what do you do with them?  You don’t want to over-program, but you don’t want hours and hours of idle time either.  Here are a few summer activities for kids that have worked for us in the past that we will try again:...