14 Days of Love Letters

Introducing our love experiment for the month as well as our 14 days of love letters challenge. Alright, it’s time to introduce our Marriage Laboratory Experiment of the Month (MLEM if you like- you can remember it because it sounds like phlem). This year all our experiments are based on Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages book and February will be all about . .. . . . WORDS OF AFFIRMATION! Here’s the experiment explained scientific method style: Problem: We feel disconnected from our spouses when we forget to make an effort to connect. Studies have shown our positive to negative… Read More

36 Mother Teresa Quotes to Apply to Your Marriage

36 Quotes from Mother Teresa to Apply to Your Marriage

For someone who never married, Mother Teresa gives some amazingly profound marriage advice. By Celeste I’m currently reading through the biography of Mother Teresa.  I’ve been really surprised at how much it is affecting me.  I’m just so inspired to be better every time I pick it up.  She was so amazing. While learning about her life and all the incredible service she gave to those who needed it most, it’s easy to think, “Gosh she did so much for so many, my attempts seem so meager in comparison.  I could never accomplish all that world service.”  But she speaks… Read More

How to Expand Your Capacity for Compassion in Your Marriage

4 Ways to show more compassion in your marriage

Successful marriages are established and maintained by . . . COMPASSION. By Amber Anderson This post is part of a 10-part series celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Family: A Proclamation to the World, specifically the sentence, “”Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” Amber has been my good friend and neighbor for the past four years and wow, I’m blown away by her post.  I feel like all the good marriage advice given on this blog somehow is summarized in Amber’s post.  Awesome… Read More

The Secret to Getting Your Spouse to Like You

By Celeste Sometimes Rich and I do this thing where we stay up late at night and then we’re both complete grumps in the morning and take turns tending the kids while the other one sleeps, but somehow we always both feel like we got the short end of the stick.  Our sleep scores don’t add up.  And then sometimes when he comes home from work, even if we both had ok days separately, we’re still cranky pantses to each other.  We’ll either barely interact or just sort of disagree with the other one’s opinions for no reason. And then we step back… Read More

Choosing to Choose Love Over Fear in Your Marriage

Choosing Love Over Fear in Marriage

By Celeste The title of this post makes it sound like I’m maybe going to talk about fear of infidelity or some serious trust issues.  I’m not.  I’m going to talk about little choices we face everyday when we see our spouse’s flaws and we can either choose to fear or we can choose to love. Guess who has two thumbs and has no flaws…….. nobody.  That was a trick question.  Nobody is flawless.  Unfortunately that includes you.  Equally as unfortunate, that includes your spouse. When you get to know someone on a marital level, those flaws are bound to… Read More