Unplug and Unwind; It’s Summertime!

Well, I think summer is officially HERE in Palm Desert (home for us). It’s hit the triple digit mark for heat temperatures and looks to stay that way until late September. Summer is one of my favorite seasons (not in the desert that is) – It holds a lot of memories for Ryan and I. I don’t know if it’s the transition from cold to…

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,…

A Letter of Encouragement

Over the past few weeks Ryan and I have received a number of emails and Facebook messages from people reaching out to us and wanting some advice and prayer. The more we interact with our readers the more we learn how a few words of encouragement not only bless others, but bless us as well. This post is unique as it is a letter of…

How do you respond when the pressure’s on?

This past week Ryan and I flew up to Washington for a friend’s wedding. For the past 3 weeks leading up to this trip, I had it planned that our departure time to fly home to Cali was 6:30pm Tuesday. Well, this was a first – it was 11:02am, the Tuesday of our departure and I was trying to check-in to our flight on my computer.

Becoming the Good Soil

“Don’t assume you are the good soil.”  Those words written by Francis Chan smacked me in the face like a Louisville Slugger. We all hear multitudes of Christian rhetoric every day… sound bytes designed to inspire and motivate. But Francis’ question made me pause and wonder: “Am I good soil?” Christ’s words exist for a greater purpose than adding pep in your step – his words are…

Fight Sexual Addiction Like a Man

“We need to stop treating pornography like a fly at the picnic and start treating it like a viper in the bedroom.” Men, it’s time we live with character, courage, and conviction that are unshakeable. It’s time to live without secrets, in complete transparency. The most taboo area of secrecy for husbands is sexual addiction – i.e. pornography addiction. As men, we cannot afford to…

Choose Your Spouse Daily

This past weekend I had the privilege of taking my Young Life small group of girls (known as Campaigners) to a camp designed especially for Campaigners. It was quite the squeeze into my busy photography schedule, but I felt like it was something God wanted me to do.

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…

Ministering Out of Your Marriage

Being married = inevitable challenges DAILY! One of the primary reasons we wrote this blog was to offer help to others who are also walking out this adventure called marriage. We’re not alone, and we don’t have to feel that way. God is always sharpening and growing us to become more like Him. One thing we can’t discount, as Christian married couples, is the fact…