People & Relationships

A Wife's Secret to Happiness, Holiday, People & Relationships

Creating Your Own Family Traditions

I’m a big advocate for creating your own family traditions—even as a pre-kids family of two!

Jared and I married in September 2008, which meant the holiday season beckoned right around the corner from our autumn wedding day. At that point, we still lived in California, a 30-minute drive from my parent’s house and much of my extended family. His grandma also lived in close proximity, and his parents were a day’s drive away in Oregon.

We love our families and have many fond memories of holiday celebrations together, that December we had a choice to make about our inaugural Christmas holiday. We decided to celebrate as a family. Just the two of us.

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Living Life, Marriage, Motherhood, People & Relationships

7 Fun Ways To Reconnect With Your Husband

Jared and I drifted apart in the months after Dillon was born. It wasn’t a subtle drifting, like rowboats that slipped their knots and meandered off to sea in the quiet of night.

We saw it. Felt it. Watched it happen. Each of us in a boat without paddles, our cupped hands pawing furiously at the water. Calling out with loud voices until exhaustion took over.

Our commitment to one another and to our marriage didn’t waiver. But our connection did.

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Living Life, Marriage, People & Relationships

Breaking My Marriage Autopilot

I think it happened somewhere around the time of our son’s birth. Or maybe during his transition from milk to solid foods, or one daycare to another. Perhaps sometime the first season … or second phase … of job changes and promotions. Or ministry growth and business opportunities.Maybe in the midst of never-ending home projects. Somewhere along the way, I flipped on the switch for my marriage autopilot and our trajectory shifted.

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