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Marriage Review, Anyone?

Marriage Review, Anyone?

There was a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on October 6 that caught my eye.  The headline read: It’s Review Time, Honey:  Evaluate the job you’re doing at being married to get better at it James and I read the article together.  It...
Cruise to a Happy Marriage

Cruise to a Happy Marriage

Have you ever read something in a marriage book and thought, “I wish my husband could hear this!” Well, now he can! For the first time, I will be speaking on a marriage cruise to the Caribbean with my husband James.  You’ll get to meet the happy...
See the War Room Movie This Weekend!

See the War Room Movie This Weekend!

Do you find yourself fighting with your spouse?  Are you easily irritated at home?   If your child grew up to have a marriage just like yours, would you be sad for him or her?   If you answer yes to any of these questions, I have a great date night for you this...
Mom, What’s the Pecking Order?

Mom, What’s the Pecking Order?

In my new book 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom, I share many stories from my own home with three kids (ages 5, 8, 10).  Here’s one about how we can get the pecking order at home all messed up: A few months ago, James wanted to try out a small group at church to...
Work as a Husband/Wife Team This Summer

Work as a Husband/Wife Team This Summer

Just the other day, a friend of ours with younger kids asked James and I for parenting advice.  One thing we talked about was the importance of a united front. If mom says A is okay, but dad says A is off limits, it’s not only confusing for a child.  It totally...
Spouse Appreciation Week

Spouse Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at my children’s elementary school. That got me thinking. What if we had our own Spouse Appreciation Week? For school, here’s what the kids are doing: Monday – Bring a school supply for your teacher Tuesday...
Set a New Goal as a Wife

Set a New Goal as a Wife

What career plans have you made? Education goals? Things you want to teach your children this year? What about goals as a wife?  Have you set any of those lately? Most likely not…but if you have, way to go!  Most of us don’t approach marriage as...
Don’t Bother Checking the Weather

Don’t Bother Checking the Weather

“What’s the weather going to be like mom?” That’s a question I hear every morning.  My answer is typically the same in San Diego, “Just like yesterday.” We live in Southern California and we totally know we’re weather wimps. ...
It’s Supposed to Be Fun

It’s Supposed to Be Fun

When James and I were engaged, we were meeting with our wedding coordinator at the church.  There just happened to be a wedding happening simultaneously.  After our meeting, we were walking through the lobby and noticed the wedding party getting ready to begin the...
Snuggle Power

Snuggle Power

My daughter Lucy definitely has physical touch as one of her love languages.  One of her favorite words when she was a toddler was “HUGGIE!” We often engage snuggle power for our kids, but we can forget to do that for our spouse.  So this Valentine’s...
Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Sixteen years ago, James and I got married…friends turned sweethearts in graduate school at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Here’s the Outback Steakhouse where James pulled a yellow rose and a red rose out of his jacket and said, “I want like to...
Is Your Marriage Red Hot?

Is Your Marriage Red Hot?

So…is it?   One small thing you can do to keep your marriage warm – and yes, even red hot – is to kiss for 5-30 seconds every day (remember that tip from my book 31 Days to a Happy Husband?). My dear friend and mentor Pam Farrel has a new little book...
The Gratitude Train

The Gratitude Train

Imagine hearing the rumbling of a train.  Not the little engine that could.  Not Thomas.   It’s the Gratitude Train.  I was visiting the Virginia War Museum this week on family vacation.  I was delighted when Ethan said, “Mom, look there’s the...
One Way to Your Man’s Heart

One Way to Your Man’s Heart

It was an ordinary day. But then I had a thought.  I remembered something that Bill Farrel had said to me when I was interviewing him for 31 Days to a Happy Husband.  “Anything you can do to make life simpler connects to your man’s heart and makes him feel like you...
Re-Living First Pages

Re-Living First Pages

There are many moments in my life when I think, “I need to follow the advice in my own book!” Case in point… In the introduction of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife, I write about how I (reluctantly) went mountain biking with James when we were dating.  I didn’t...
Behind the Scenes at the Today Show

Behind the Scenes at the Today Show

On Tuesday, James and I had the thrill of being guests on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.  We love these ladies!  Watch the segment here. We arrived at Rockefeller Center around 9:15 am.  The young lady who checked us into the Green Room had been working at...
Take the Happy Wife Quiz

Take the Happy Wife Quiz

Are You a Happy Wife?  Take this quiz and find out. 1.  I believe that I have control over my happiness, not my circumstances. __ Agree    __Disagree 2. My husband and I do not yell at each other or give one another the silent treatment. __Agree   __Disagree 3. I am...
Going on The Today Show Tomorrow!

Going on The Today Show Tomorrow!

The last time I was in New York City, this is how close I got to being on The Today Show. If you squint, you can see Kathie Lee and Hoda in the middle of the picture. My publicist and I walked by and dropped off a book for the producer to consider.  Although nothing...
My Less-Than-Perfect Kitchen Skills

My Less-Than-Perfect Kitchen Skills

Here’s a joke I can relate to: Wife:  I baked two kinds of cookies today.  Would you like to take your pick?  Husband:  No, thanks.  I’ll use my hammer.  Yup…James didn’t marry me for my cooking or baking skills (although my grilling skills are...
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