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Date night is a big deal in our house.  The kids are excited because Nana and Gramps get to come over, eat dinner with them and then put them to bed.  Hubs and I are usually in an extra good mood, knowing that free time is near and are looking forward to a chance to reconnect. But if I’m honest {and when am I not?!}, sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a date night rut. Our limited entertainment budget doesn’t allow for grand activities or adventures beyond a reasonably priced dinner, so we often end up at Costco wandering the aisles and stocking our pantry. Real romantic, right? I knew we needed a change, so I got creative and found some … Read more

To the Wife Whose Husband Works Long Hours

To the Wife Whose Husband Works Long Hours I know a time comes when your husband’s sacrifice and steadfast faithfulness to provide for his family despite the hours will cross from seeming unfair to him to unfair to you and your kids. Resentment will build (if it has not already) and it will be harder to shake the feeling that you are on the outside looking in on other “happy” marriages and families. The weight of being mom and dad will cause your back to bend and your heart to crack. You put on a brave face when he missed a little league game. You talked yourself out of tears when you had to cancel another couples night with friends because he wouldn’t … Read more

To the Wife Whose Husband is Unemployed

To the Wife Whose Husband is Unemployed

I Was You I will be honest. I don’t write a lot about marriage.  I never feel like I am seasoned enough to be able to give advice in this area.  I have done so little right and all I have to offer are a few things I have learned from looking back over the course of our 8 year marriage.   These were lessons learned the hard way through hard times. I talked to my husband before I wrote this.  This is all still a sensitive subject and brings up emotions that are just too deep and too personal as of yet for me to elaborate on … maybe in ten to twenty years when I have come to peace … Read more

How to foster a relationship with your mother-in-law that encourages mutual respect

How to Foster a Relationship with Your Mother-in-Law that Encourages Mutual Respect

Mother-In-Law: The Dirty Word The word mother-in-law may as well be a swear word to many women.  If you have ever seen the old sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” you will see a mother-in-law in Marie which characterizes the commonly accepted and maybe even expected view of the mother-in-law figure. She is overbearing, manipulative, dissenting, and even disparaging toward her daughter-in-law.  Overall she might be a loving person, and a wonderful grandmother, but the tension always exists pitting the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  Often the son (the husband) is stuck in the middle trying to traverse the stormy waters between both women not wanting to disown his mother and yet simultaneously please his wife. My Story When my husband and I … Read more