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Five for Five

After my last post, I was challenged to move past the concept of the love languages and offer some practical tips. So, here goes… Five tips for each of the Five Love Languages Words of Affirmation Be specific. Instead of “You look great” try “I really like your hair like that” or “Those jeans make…


Speaking my Language

Speaking My Language - a #staymarried blog

My mother, sister, and I moved in with my grandparents when I was three years old, after my parents’ separation. My grandparents are from Mexico, immigrated to the US when my mother was just a little girl. Spanish is their primary language and, though I was just a toddler, it was not mine. My sister…


The Unexpected

Before Tony and I were married, we led a small group for married and engaged couples. We used a great DVD series from Andy Stanley at North Point Church in Georgia called “iMarriage”. What we learned in that group has become part of the underlying dialogue in our marriage, the voices in our heads, preventing…


Odds are, I won’t stay married.

At this point we’ve all been told countless times that the divorce rates in the United States are hovering around 50% and have been for quite some time. Whether or not those stats are true is debatable, but they feel more and more real to me every day. I cannot count how many phone calls, emails,…