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Arlene on Focus on the Family today

Arlene on Focus on the Family today

How would you like to be happier as a wife? Let’s begin by going down memory lane.  Do you remember how happy you were when your husband proposed?  Here’s a photo of James and me the morning he proposed.  The year was 1998…and I was the happiest girl...
4 Tips to Tame Your Phone Use

4 Tips to Tame Your Phone Use

Need to feel more calm, cool, and connected? Would your kids say, “My mom (or my dad) is on the phone too much”? Here are 4 tips to taming your phone use from a news segment I did this week on San Diego 8 on the CW. You’ll find that a few simple...
My 25th College Reunion

My 25th College Reunion

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending my 25th college reunion at Biola University. What an amazing experience to remember when.  To remember all the prayers I prayed to God about my future. Lord, show me what to do with my life.  Lord, do you want me to...
How Frugal Are You?

How Frugal Are You?

How frugal are you? As 2017 gets underway, it’s a good time to think about where you can save a dollar here and there. James and I are both frugal which makes our lives easier (and sometimes funnier).  In California where we live, there’s a new law that...
Merry Christmas Friends!

Merry Christmas Friends!

From my home to yours…merry Christmas! In our neighborhood, there is a house lit up like a fancy department store.  There’s a huge Santa, Grinch, and Elf on the roof.  There’s a snowman on the lawn.  And a sleigh and reindeer. Across the street,...
Say This, Not That in Your Marriage

Say This, Not That in Your Marriage

How can you turn bothers into blessings? If you are married, you know your spouse’s comments can carry the power to provoke and irritate you. (If you’re not married…you probably have someone in your life who can do this as well!) Today, let’s...
3 Better Questions to Ask in Your Marriage

3 Better Questions to Ask in Your Marriage

Want to improve your marriage? You can start by asking better questions.   The questions that easily come to mind can be very negative… What has he done for me lately?  When is he going to start doing his fair share?   Why do I have to read marriage books?...
Cruise to a Happy Marriage 2016

Cruise to a Happy Marriage 2016

James and I had the time of our lives aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Sea for the very first Cruise to a Happy Marriage! This maiden voyage was special for many reasons.  It was our first cruise and first time in the Caribbean.  It was the first Cruise...
3 Words to Change Your Valentine’s Day

3 Words to Change Your Valentine’s Day

What are the three words to change your Valentine’s Day? I’m not thinking of “I love you” – although those are definitely winsome and worthy words. I am thinking of a phrase I heard my Pastor preach a few Sundays ago. The three words are:...
Meet These Happy NFL Wives

Meet These Happy NFL Wives

With the Super Bowl a few days away, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to interview a few NFL wives who are happily married?” Guess what? Two amazing women, Stacie Scifres and Mallory Brown (both San Diego Charger wives), emailed me about their desire...
Dear Older Me

Dear Older Me

I like the song by Mercy Me, “Dear Younger Me,” but lately I’ve been thinking about the opposite. What if I wrote a letter to the older me…about the things I really want to remember? This question was prompted by watching videos of myself.  You...
8 Ways to Make Your Wife Happy

8 Ways to Make Your Wife Happy

All right dear friends…you know I write about being a happy wife and how we can make our husbands happy. But I thought this week, I’d write about 8 ways a husband can make a wife happy.  Feel free to share this list with your man and highlight the ones you...