Fighting Against the Strain of Long Distance Relationships

This post is contributed by Michelle, an Engaged Home contributor. I know many dating and married couples who are striving to keep their relationships strong despite the distance, and, sadly, I have witnessed many long distance couples fall apart. Due to this, I thought this was an important post to share. For the record, Mitch and I have not done the long distance gig since we were dating, and then it was only during the summers. Enjoy! (Approved and edited by Nathana) Keeping any marriage or relationship strong through all the changes of life is a challenge. When a couple adds distance, … Read more…

Six Years

This week we celebrated six years of marriage. On December 18th, 2010, after a whirlwind of finals and preparations, we took our vows. I still remember walking out of the sanctuary to the glassed-in foyer to see snow lightly falling. As we walked out to the car, snowflakes drifted down and sprinkled our hair. We felt blessed to share such love and to be able to share our big day with friends and family from all over. But we also knew it was only the beginning. Weddings are beautiful and full of hope and promise. Still, they are a mere beginning. … Read more…

Join us for “How to Save Your Marriage From Your Kids”

The foundation of a healthy family has got to be Christ. But, I think once we start having kids, it can be easy to forget how important it is to continue to cultivate and care for  a strong marriage. Too often, with the demands of kids, work, and everyday life, our spouse fails to be a priority. Mitch and I swore this would never happen to us. We were so dedicated to the idea of marriage maintenance. But when you are busy with kids, it is so easy to fail to connect with your spouse. And the busyness and demands of parenthood can almost … Read more…

My Beautifully Crowded Bed

Mitch and I joke that we keep trying to chase all the little foxes out of our bed (bad Bible joke from Song of Solomon). But they keep burrowing back under our covers. This morning Rebekah woke up at 5:15 AM to nurse. My alarm was set for 6 AM, so I decided to bring her into our bed to nurse and snuggle for a bit before I got up (She was wide awake, on her tummy, and attempting to crawl around her crib when I went into her room. Can we slow things down a bit?). As I was … Read more…

Avoid Common Engagement Mistakes

I remember vividly the moment I got engaged. I think it’s a moment in your life that you never want to forget. We knew we were going to marry before he proposed, but he still managed to surprise me and make it a wonderful day. He proposed after our college’s annual banquet in the Prayer Chapel on campus. It was a place we both loved. We spent many moments there in prayer about our future. It was perfect, minus being interrupted twice by another college student relocating a dance party. Argh . . . .  (Right after we got engaged.) (Where he proposed.) … Read more…

3 Challenges for Wives on Father’s Day

This past week we spent moving across the country. With a two-month-old baby. Yep. Fun stuff. All things considered it went smoothly (thanks to the help of my awesome mother-in-law Teri!). But I felt so ragged and worn down by the time we landed in Missouri after a three-day drive. There is so much that goes into a major relocation, so making it to Missouri (after a long week of packing) was only the beginning. We still need to nail down a place to live, finalize our new bank account, find new insurance, get new car tags, register our dog, … Read more…

10 Things I Love About My Man

Four years ago (almost to the day), I remember sitting in a women’s Wednesday night Bible class about marriage. I am pretty sure I was the youngest woman there by a couple years. I was always a bit clammy and nervous, but eager to soak up the wisdom of these women I admired. Mitch and I had been married only a month. I’m sure we had that glassy newly-wed look in our eyes constantly. We both knew that we wanted our marriage to not only last, but leave a healthy legacy of love for our children someday. Our church, East Hill, blessed … Read more…

Keep Your Marriage Strong Through Life’s Changes

If there is one thing we can be certain of, it is change. Even when we resist it, we find ourselves living in a changing world: right now the leaves are turning red, orange, yellow, and falling off all together; that cold nip is in the air (unless you live in Phoenix); political parties are fighting for control at the local, state, and national level promising either change to new and better things or change back to the way it used to be; and our lives are changing day by day. We watch our children blossom and grow faster than we’d … Read more…

Our Five Favorite Marriage Books

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