Conquering Mountains: For Her or For Nothing

Wives, encouraging your husband helps him more than you know. If other men are like me, we live to impress and inspire our wives. Your meaningful, intentional affirmation is like a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart! Last week I summited Mt. Rainier for the second time. At the peak, there’s a steel box with a log book inside.

Your Marriage is Your Ministry

We spend lots of time trying to figure out how to be better spouses and have better marriages, but what for? Do we refine ourselves and our marriages to simply have better lives or is there some grander purpose we need to tune into? I would certainly argue the latter: we aren’t called to follow Christ simply for our own pleasure. In fact, when we…

Interview with Craig Gross, Founder of XXXChurch.com

When I picked up “Open”  and read a few chapters, I quickly got that familiar feeling: this book is going to make me mad. I don’t say that because of the way Craig writes or the statements he makes, I say that because I knew this book was going to challenge me into uncomfortable action. There are books you read for fun and some you…

What if my marriage is dead?

Whoever said marriage is easy, obviously has never been married. Let’s be honest, we’re all at different places in our marriage journeys, and no matter where we are, there is always at least one area that could use a breath of life. Of all the content we post on Facebook, we get prayer requests and questions from people asking “What if my marriage is dead?“.…

Being Pregnant and Married

The secret is out; Ryan and I are due to have a little baby girl in December and we couldn’t be happier! However, we are wrestling through being pregnant and married; and trying to strike new balances in this new season of life. Don’t worry, we’re not turning this into a “How to parent your child” blog – we are still all about marriage and…

A Christian Response to Same-Sex Marriage

If we profess to be Christians, we should treat people like Christ treated them. Right? Today there was a Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and further opened the door for same-sex marriages in the states that will allow them.  In our home state, California, a case regarding Prop 8 was also ruled on that removes restrictions on same-sex marriages.…

Willingness As a Wife

Maybe it’s a first-born child thing, or maybe it’s just me getting older, but I’ve become more aware of how unwilling I tend to be with my husband. When I was in my early 20s I’d overhear older women say something to their husband to the effect of, “Oh no! I am

How Laughter Can Be Bad for Your Health

There is a sandwich stain on our dining room wall…. I blame myself. I don’t even remember what we were talking about. Selena and I were having lunch (sandwiches) one afternoon, taking a break from our work routines; somehow our conversation escalated. It was one of those conversations that starts out innocent and before you know it you’re both on the verge of yelling. Again,…

Compassion Through Solitude

Compassion is essential to a Godly marriage. Easy to say, harder to live out. Marriage seems to be blissful for the first year or so. About 3 years into it, you may find yourselves bickering a little bit more and if you make it to the 5 year mark, it’s said to be smoother sailing (depends on who you ask I guess). For us, we…

Together While Apart

Ryan and I LOVE to travel and due to the nature of our jobs we’ve been able to jet-set quite a bit these last 2 years. Ideally every single trip would be together, but that isn’t always possible. So how can we remain connected and together while we’re apart? I feel like this is something most couples face in our day and age. Travelling for…