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31 Dec

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Happy New Year to you and yours!




Because it’s your birthday

27 Dec

How do I love Thee?  Let me count the ways:

  1. For almost 12 years you have spent your birthday driving me (and the kids) to see extended family for Christmas get-togethers even though you are most definitely a homebody.
  2. Last year (on your birthday) I had surgery and your birthday got pushed aside.  You never complained.  Your children watched you love and serve your wife completely.
  3. You wrapped every single Christmas present this year and most of the gifts last year.  You are my hero.
  4. You do P90X with me so that I have a partner and accountability even though you really dislike it.
  5. You read C.S. Lewis to the kids before they go to sleep.
  6. You didn’t complain when I brought home the wrong number of candles for your cake/cookies/brownies.  (I promise, I know that you are thirty two, not thirty one.)  And you still blew them out, wrong number and all…
  7. You eat whatever I place in front of you, and you do so happily.
  8. You love babies, even when they are not our own, and you’ve never minded being spit-up on.
  9. For the last week I’ve barely been able to walk and you have taken care of everything around the house…everything. And you did those things while under extreme stress…with a smile. There was always a pillow under my foot and a cup of coffee on hand.  I’m honored to be your wife.
  10. You put up with my picture-taking.  🙂

Happy Birthday.

The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage

22 Oct

“The power of one changes everything.”

Michael and Amy Smalley are a husband and wife team who work with Gary Smalley, Michael’s father, to help couples enrich and restore their marriages.  The Smalley family offers live events and a private Marriage Restoration Intensive. They have a very helpful website full of articles and information for marriages that are in trouble or couples who just want to go deeper with their relationship.

Michael and Amy have come together to write the book The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage.

I like this book and would recommend it to couples for a couple of reasons:

1.  At 139 pages (plus a study guide in the back) it’s easily read in a day or two.  And since their are two people contributing it almost has a conversational feel.  I liked having the point of view of both husband and wife.  The back and forth of their conversation and stories flowed well throughout the book and didn’t make for a choppy read.  I appreciated the couples honesty and authenticity in sharing of their own relationship and struggles.

2.  I think my favorite quote from this book is, “We can’t control what happens to us but we can control how we respond.” The authors focus on what “you” can do in your marriage instead of blaming someone else (i.e. your spouse) for your unhappiness.  They do a great job of guiding someone through forgiveness and disappointment in marriage and showing you how to respond in love (even in a hurtful situation) and work towards reconciliation.

Michael and Amy Smalley have written a wonderful resource for marriages that are in trouble or for couples who want to take a preventive measure and go through the study that’s in the back of the book together.  This book is definitely worth a read, and I’ve already recommended  it to  friends who are struggling.

This book was provided free by Tyndale House Publishers.  I am not required to like or dislike any book.  This review is entirely my opinion.