The Real Miracle of The First Christmas: A Marriage Able to Survive It

The birth of the Christ child was obviously a miracle, but there is another miracle often overlooked in the story- a marriage able to survive it. By Rich I’m resurrecting this Christmas post by Rich because I love it so much.  “Remembering how tough marriages can be sometimes, and facing the sometimes ugly realities of life and marriage, shouldn’t keep us from recognizing that miracles really can happen. It can only help us appreciate them more.”  That’s good stuff.  Thanks Rich! If there’s anything I think we can say for certain about the night Jesus was born in a stable… Read More

The Three Worst Things to Do When You’re Wrong

What to do when you're wrong

If you know you’re in the wrong, first stop being wrong, don’t justify being wrong and don’t point out all the things your spouse is wrong about.  By Rich So Rich actually wrote this post last year, but I never promoted as I should have.  So I’m doing that now because it’s a really excellent post about being wrong.  Although, I’m not quite sure how he got the material to write this . . . seeing as how he’s so rarely wrong  😉    -Celeste Hey. Look. I’m going to try and break this to you gently. You and I both… Read More

R-E-S-P-E-C-T and Marriage: It’s What You Need (and Baby, I Got It)

Respect and Marriage

Successful marriages are established and maintained by . . . . RESPECT. By Rich 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.” You guys- Rich is posting again!!!  Huzzah!  I’m very excited about it and of course I love it.  While he was working on this I jokingly said, “You writing the respect article?  It better involve Aretha.”  To which he said,… Read More

The First Miracle of the First Christmas: A Marriage Able to Survive It

By Rich If there’s anything I think we can say for certain about the night Jesus was born in a stable it was that 1) it was much more dirty and smelly than we’d like to imagine and 2) it was very likely the low point of the up-to-that-point short marriage of Joseph and Mary. Everything about the Christmas story tends to gloss over the stark and unpleasant realities of what giving birth to a baby in a stable/cave/barn must have been like.  I think it’d debatable whether or not “the little Lord Jesus” did indeed “lay down his sweet… Read More

The 3 Worst Things You Can Do When You’re Wrong

What to do when you're wrong

By Rich Hey. Look. I’m going to try and break this to you gently. You and I both know that generally, you’re a good spouse. You usually pay attention to your partner’s needs. You are pretty good about keeping calm and even when your spouse does something that you wouldn’t do a lot of the time you remember that, hey, it’s not that big a deal. But more important than that, you do a good job (again, usually this is true!) of making your spouse feel loved and important, letting them know that you value their opinion and you consider… Read More