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5 Practical Tips on Learning to Cook

I still remember setting the table with my heart pounding and palms sweaty, silently praying that my parents and their friends would genuinely like the food. I was in Grade 8. Making a meal from scratch and serving it to guests was my final project for Home Economics. My grade was dependent on their review. What exactly I served, I can’t recall...

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Facebook for Couples: 8 Things to Do Today
Facebook for Couples: 8 Things to Do Today

If you've been married for more than a couple of days you've probably already figured out that communication in marriage is really important.  Being intentional about the way you communicate with your spouse sets a firm foundation for a solid relationship. The same rules apply when it comes to using Facebook once you're married.  Facebook is...

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A Record of Rights
A Record of Rights

The story is told of a couple that grew to find little to appreciate in one another. The daily tally of things one did that annoyed and aggravated the other was a growing list. More and more they did less and less together. In desperation the woman visited a counselor and took along her journal of all the attitudes and actions she was resentful...

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You CAN Have Straight A’s in YOUR Marriage
You CAN Have Straight A’s in YOUR Marriage

He stood at my kitchen counter drinking a cup of coffee. Our overnight guest casually spoke about summer plans he made with his wife. It sounded nice  –  a few picnics, a couple of quick weekend trips, kids sports events to take in, maybe a holiday that they had talked about for a long time.  Then he paused and asked me, “Do you know where...

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I Didn’t Want a Divorce, But Could We Last?
I Didn't Want a Divorce, But Could We Last?

I did not want to be another divorce statistic, but the numbers were not in our favor. My husband Rudy is a bus driver and I work in dentistry - both careers that rank high in divorce statistics. We have a severely handicapped son. We struggled financially. My husband has been fighting depression for most of his life. My life and my marriage were...

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Life After Divorce
Life After Divorce

You don't have to do this alone. We're here for you. Talk to a mentor today. Divorce is a great loss and a crisis which has a huge impact the lives of everyone involved. If you have experienced, or are experiencing divorce, my heart goes out to you. I know about divorce. My parents were divorced when I was 12 years old. It was painful. It...

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Keeping the Fun in Love
Keeping the Fun in Love

G. K. Chesterton once quipped that "Marriage is an adventure, like going to war." Many people approach their relationships in an antagonistic way, and see marriage as an inevitable burden. That attitude is understandable given that so many marriages today are either unhappy or end painfully in divorce. However, as Jarret and Jessie have discovered,...

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Heading for the Exit
Heading for the Exit

Recently we were in Banff at a “Weekend Getaway” Marriage Conference. We arrived a day early to help set up for this large event. I was stacking the weekend’s workbooks behind the registration table when I heard a song.  The hotel staff provided music played over the large sounds system and I laughed out loud and wondered if it was a coincidence...

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