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Conquering Holiday Hassles Part 1

When I was a child, Christmas Eve was an elaborate event in my dad’s Italian family. For that special night, my Nana prepared an exceptional menu of meats, fish, pastas,…

Anniversaries are Not for Someday … Celebrate Now!

April 7, 2009, John and I celebrated our 19th anniversary with a cruise to the Bahamas. We’d wanted to go to Nassau on our honeymoon, but we were just kids…

Date Night … with Teens

1 Date + 8 Teens = 0 Romance Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the smartest equation I have ever calculated. But my heart was in the right place! Hubby and…

The Man Cave

“Man Cave” — This is the sign in our son-in-law’s special room, designed by his wife. I smiled and took a peek inside. Pictures. Paintings. Sports memorabilia. Childhood relics. You get…

5 Reasons Why, Man Style

Okay, ladies, Sunday is Father’s Day, and I am hijacking MomLife Today for a very important message. No, I am not a woman or a blogger, but some of you…

A Fun Way to Connect with Your Husband

Recently my husband and I had a few days away. Before we went, we decided we wanted to read one book and take time to discuss it. Over the years…

My Marriage: Cross-Cultural Studies

When I was 16, I spent six weeks in Venezuela with some missionaries and some nationals. It left a significant impact on me, and I get why my parents believe that…

My Husband, My BFF

Recently, I took a poll among a few girlfriends about what makes a good friend. The various responses included unconditional love and acceptance, mutual respect, being a confidant, a willingness…

Budget-Fudging, and Other Small Crimes

I don’t know what you and your husband have set up financially, but I have a budget. After an ongoing discussion, I have an amount of money each month that…

The Loss of Civility in Marriage

I remember a conversation I had with my mother when I was just a little girl. A couple my parents’ age had apparently had a very difficult marriage. Mother’s comment…

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