Marriage

9 Ways to Cheer Up Your Wife

1. Give a small gift?- My wife loves flowers. Buying her flowers (as long as they are not fake) is a foolproof way of cheering her up. Other gifts like her favorite chocolate or a dessert also work. 2. Give a massage?- My wife enjoys foot massages, especially after a day when she’s been on her feet for a long time. She’s very happy whenever...

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I Do
I Do

Months of planning and years of daydreaming all leading up to one pivotal moment. The perfect white dress, the dream venue, the love of your life gazing at you from the other end of the aisle. And then finally, the moment you have all been waiting for. Two little unassuming words are spoken: "I Do." Ah, the wedding day... that's just where the...

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Anger: Definitive vs Distorted
Anger: Definitive vs Distorted

I will apologize for doing something I believe is wrong. It’s a great start however this is problematic if I didn’t see anything wrong with my action but my spouse does. Or vice versa. Has that happened to anyone? We learned a few principles to help sort this out at an anger workshop lead by Dr Gary Chapman. The purpose of anger First thing...

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Valentine, How Do I Love Thee?
Valentine, How Do I Love Thee?

Valentine's Day brings sweet expressions of romance. "I love you" fills telephone lines, mailboxes, airwaves, personal ads and cybertraffic. The price of flowers mysteriously rises in February. How do you say, "I love you"? Maybe a kind greeting in the morning or a phone call midday? A nice lunch or dinner can convey the feeling. So can a surprise...

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Stop Trying To Make Her Happy
Stop Trying To Make Her Happy

Men, if you want to have a great relationship here is my advice to you: Stop trying to cheer up your girlfriend or wife.  I know this might not make sense to you right now, but trust me, it’ll be one of the best things you can do for your relationship. As a brand new husband, one rookie mistake I repeatedly made was always trying to fix my...

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You Always Marry into a Family
You Always Marry into a Family

They say that when you marry someone you marry their entire family. There’s a lot of truth in that. In reality, you don’t just have to deal with parent-in-laws, there are sibling-in-laws, their respective spouses and children, grandparents, step parents and ex-spouses too. For both my husband and I there were things that were normal and accepted...

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Forgiveness Is Not A Feeling
Forgiveness Is Not A Feeling

Learning to forgive is CRITICAL to building a healthy marriage. We’ve only had “little” offenses to forgive each other on this first year, but I’m not going to kid myself that “little” hurts are all that’ll ever touch our marriage.  Even so, in this first year I’ve had plenty of opportunities to practice forgiveness (and so has my...

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Single Mom Survival Kit 7: Life As It Is
Single Mom Survival Kit 7: Life As It Is

They say that “Life is always greener on the other side of the fence” and sometimes that seems to be true.  In the midst of divorce it’s easy to think that everyone else’s life is going better than our own.  But that can be dangerous thinking. Contentment is something that comes from within. We can’t order it from Sears, take a pill...

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