I love the vintage Beatles song, “I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends” because it reminds me that I can’t survive without mine. Friends laugh and cry with you. They keep you from losing your mind. Friends celebrate your victories, and listen when you rant about your problems. [Read more…]
Getting dressed for a wedding can be a traumatic experience for me. It usually involves frantically going through my closet to see what I can wear without ironing, and blow drying my hair while simultaneously slapping on makeup. Woe to the person who knocks on my bedroom door to ask if they look okay!
Our most recent wedding experience was more traumatic than usual. During my pre-wedding panic, family members knocked on my door with multiple emergencies. [Read more…]
Why is it so easy to let the relationships closest to you slide? If you’re like me, family members are the first ones you take for granted. Yesterday I wrote about Giving Your Marriage More than Just the Leftovers.
My husband is my best friend, but it’s easy to overlook him during daily routines with two teenagers excited about life and bursting at the seams to talk about everything. [Read more…]
On the tail end of a week of stressful conflict, my husband and I recently had a memorable coffee date. We had already spent enough time working through the hard issues, so our date was just for fun. We sat in a pastry shop holding hot mugs, looking out at the cold winter day and sharing our plans, goals, and thoughts with each other. Our conversation spilled over into the rest of our week, and at different times we continued the dialogue: over dinner with the children, while doing dishes, or in the car. This awakened in me all over again the delight of discovering my husband.
We expend incredible energy juggling work or ministry with caring for our children or trying to maintain a semblance of order at home and keep food in the refrigerator, but we easily let our marriages slide down low on our list of priorities. After all, our spouses will always be there, right? [Read more…]