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The Danger of Mediocrity

A recent study by marriage researcher Paul Amato, determined that up to 60 percent of divorces in the United States stem from “low-conflict” marriage. There’s no abuse, no addiction, no infidelity, and no major debt. ”Instead,” according to Heidi Stevens of the Chicago Tribune, these divorces happen because of “a slow erosion toward cohabitating strangerdom. Basically we stop paying attention to each other.”


But the Greatest of These is Love

Nothing makes the human spirit leap with joy like the genuine knowledge that one is loved. One of my favorite quotes puts it like this: "To love and be loved, is to feel the sun from both sides."


Do You Struggle with Patience?

I have a confession: I Struggle With Patience.

THE me. I have had innumerable opportunities to learn to be patient. The reality is conflicting, sometimes I am patient and other times I am not.


A Season of Unhappiness

When my kids were little and got hurt, I could scoop them up in my arms, dry their tears and “make it all bet-ter” with a fresh chocolate chip cookie.

Today, as a parent of an adult college student and two teenagers, I can’t always “make it all better.”

Life often teaches our children hard lessons about friendships, disappointments, dreams deferred and even about death as they approach and reach adulthood.


Keeping the Romance: 15 Ways to Date Your Spouse

My favorite roommate (my husband) and I decided we needed to move our marriage back from the brink of mediocrity and place it squarely back in the midst of marital bliss.

For a month, we both had been so busy with our individual and family schedules that were we functioning like roommates.


Simplicity Leads to Blessings

My second daughter was six weeks old when I had to get ready to go back to work for the first week of school as a part-time teacher. After a relatively sleepless night, I woke up at 5 A.M. to pump. Then I nursed my newborn, while I simultaneously gobbled down a bagel and inhaled a few cups of strong coffee. I attempted to put the crying baby back to sleep and left the house in a rush, feeling frustrated that I couldn’t even calm my own child and had to wake up my bleary-eyed husband to care for her.