Congratulations to our winners!

Thank you for sharing about past Valentine’s Days on this post. I enjoyed reading such sweet memories you have with your husbands.

The Forgiven Wife giveaway: Alicia will receive a red feather boa, heart-shaped string lights, Trojan Arouses & Intensifies, temporary tattoos, body paint and brushes, and my favorite chocolate.

The Grand Prize: For her comment on The Forgiven Wife, Judith will be sent the following items, courtesy of Married Dance, a Christian store for marriage toys and romance products (affiliate links):

Winners have been contacted by email.

Check out The Generous Wife and Bonny’s OysterBed7 to find out who won their giveaways, too!


Valentine’s Day is next weekend. If you’re looking for some ideas for the bedroom, take a look at some of the posts linked in Grow Your Sex Life in 2016. If you’ve asked your husband about  five sexual things he’d like you to do together, Valentine’s Day is a great time to offer one of the things on the list. (And if you haven’t asked him for a list yet, there’s still time!)

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Learning to apologize was a critical and fundamental part of restoring our marriage. #9Thoughts

Join me on a journey through Sheila Wray Gregoire’s 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage (affiliate links throughout this post). If you would like to be part of our book study group, use the form on this post to register.


Of all the thoughts in  Sheila Wray Gregoire’s 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage, the hardest for me by far was the first one:

My husband is my neighbor. Read More →

Valentine’s Day is two weeks away, and it’s a perfect time to be thinking about how you and your husband can celebrate together.

Lori (The Generous Wife), Bonny (OysterBed7), and I want to give you a little boost. We are doing Valentine’s Day giveaways on our blogs. Each of us has our own giveaway. You can enter Lori’s here and Bonny’s here.

3 Valentine's Day Giveaways!

Here’s what I’m giving away—all things to help spice up your bedroom just a bit: Read More →

Where I live, tree roots spend the winter in a state of dormancy. They are resting, not actively growing. Still, they are ever-ready to resume their growth and absorb water when the ground temperature rises above freezing. Essential processes will recommence when the season is right.

Looking out my living room window right now, I see trees that are bare. The winter cold and the shortened days stripped them of the leaves that make them look so alive in the spring and summer. I know, however, that stretched beneath the ground, where I cannot see, are roots that continue to hold the tree steady. Sufficient water (and maybe a good layer of mulch) during the rest of the year have prepared these trees to withstand a Wisconsin winter and then flourish again in the spring. Read More →

It’s fun to celebrate love, and we’d like to help you out with that.

Lori (The Generous Wife), Bonny (Bonny’s OysterBed7), and I are teaming up to do another Valentine’s Day giveaway this year.

We’ll announce our individual gift baskets next week when the contest opens. Everyone who participates will be entered into our grand prize drawing. Read More →

Do you have to guess what your husband needs?

I don’t take responsibility for meeting all of Big Guy’s needs, because some things are for him to seek from God, not from me or from our marriage. Some of his needs might indicate areas where he needs to grow, and others are things I’m just not capable of at the moment.

Nonetheless, understanding my husband’s needs has been an important part of my own growth in marriage. It shows me where my efforts might be most appreciated or have the biggest impact.

I do try to meet many of his needs, but figuring out what those are hasn’t always been easy. Read More →

It’s time to start reading the first chapter of 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage!

If you are joining me on the journey through Sheila Wray Gregoire’s 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage (affiliate link), it’s time to start reading!

The first chapter is “Thought #1: My Husband Is My Neighbor.” Of the nine thoughts Sheila writes about in the book, this was the hardest for me to come to terms with when I was working past the most difficult season in my marriage. Read More →

Join me in reading through Sheila Gregoire's 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage!

To change my marriage from the way it once was, I have spent a great deal of time working on my thoughts and feelings. The key to learning not to let my feelings make decisions for me was to learn to rely on my thoughts.

Unfortunately, my thoughts weren’t much help at first. I thought my husband and I were in competition with each other. I thought his job as my husband was to make me happy. I thought that if we really loved each other, everything else would just hold together without any effort. Read More →

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