Making a Happy Marriage

Genevieve West is trying to collect #AllTheTips for how to make marriages #AllTheAwesome. (Her words.) And she asked me to link my tips.

Before I share my “wisdom” gleaned from experience, let me encourage you to check out and the Happy Wives Club Facebook page. You’ll find loads of tips and encouragement for us women who have (or want to have) happy marriages.

I would say I have a happy marriage.

It’s not 100%, all-the-time sunshine and roses, but overall, Robert and I make a great team in every way.… Read the rest

What Makes a Home?

It’s Valentine’s Day, and although I’m not super into the holiday, I love that it prompts me to once again look at my husband from a loving perspective. (Honestly, I try to do that all year long, but I sometimes… ahem… forget my good intentions.)

I was thinking of something mushy to write my husband about being in love with him but ended up thinking instead of how I just want to be wherever he is.… Read the rest

Old Faithful

The title makes you think of gushing water, doesn’t it?

I’m actually talking about Robert. And let me make it absolutely clear that I mean the title as a compliment, not as a put down. Robert is one of the most reliable people I know. If he says that he will do something, you can count on his keeping his word. He’s faithful at church, at work, to his friends, and, most important to me, to his family.… Read the rest

My Beloved and My Friend

That’s him. My handsome fella. The guy who captured my heart in 1998 and who endears himself to me a bit more each day. The father of our six children. The guy who usually appears serious but has a serious streak of fun hidden in him.

We’ve been married since 1999. This year we’ll celebrate 14 years of marriage. (How is that even possible?!) And I look forward to many more decades of living with and loving Robert, my Mr.… Read the rest

A Beautiful Surprise

It’s a good thing that flowers aren’t at the top of my “Favorite Gifts to Receive” list. Don’t get me wrong – I like getting flowers, but I’m okay with not getting them, too.

Which, as I stated before, is a good thing because the last time Mr. Incredible gave me flowers was 4 days before he proposed to me. 10 years ago.

The last time, that is, until Saturday night when he surprised me by giving me a dozen roses for absolutely no reason.… Read the rest

Marriage 1920’s Style – Part 2

You thought I’d forgotten that I labeled the last post Part 1, didn’t you? I didn’t forget; I couldn’t write the next part because I misplaced my book just like to give my readers time to reflect on the wisdom found in my profound posts. 😀

The following passages are also from The Trail of Conflict by Emilie Loring.

What wonders women were, some of them, Steve amended. He thought of the girls with whom he had dined and danced in the last two years.

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Marriage 1920’s Style – Part 1

I’ve been thinking a lot about marriage lately. Being married is not always easy, but it can be extremely rewarding for those who have the courage and tenacity to keep working to improve that marriage and to build a strong and lasting relationship with their spouse. Still, I see and have occasionally felt how tempting it can be to take the easy way out and quit trying to build a good/great marriage. I see how many people just surrender altogether and file for divorce.… Read the rest