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18 Years Ago Today

Today is my husband’s birthday. We got engaged on this day eighteen years ago. Look! I think we were teenagers!* I find it amazing that my skin once looked so good. Thankfully, I’ve had much better hair days…. and hair decades since then, though. January 29, 1994 was a Saturday. Unbeknownst to me “Fish” had […]

Growing a Beautiful Marriage (The Grass is Always Greener…)

I am not one to say that I have the perfect marriage. I am not a perfect wife. And hubs, well, he’s not perfect, either. Recently I read through an old journal that reflected a very tough year. Whew. Humbling. There are seasons of spring where everything’s roses. And there are seasons of winter when things […]

The Easiest & Hardest Gift to Give on Father’s Day

Last month we talked about how easy it is to give mom a bottle of perfume instead of an act of service. Service costs us something more than money. And it’s difficult. The same kind of thing applies to celebrating our husbands on Father’s Day. True, the “holiday” is about children acknowledging their fathers, but […]

Marriage & Simply Being Together

I am no expert on marriage. But, thankfully, I’ve spent the last 16 years married to Mr. Right-for-Me. It hasn’t been all fun and games. There have been rough times. We’ve been hacking a life together in the jungle. But, whoever wrote those traditional marriage vows knew what he was saying: for richer, for poorer, in […]

At-Home Date Night Tips

In the weeks leading up to Father’s Day, I’m collaborating with a great group of bloggers to share ideas on how to “honor the man they call daddy.” Whether it’s your own husband, your dad, your brother, or another special man in your life who is a father, these ideas will be thought-provoking and encouraging. […]

5 Ways to Have a Great Date Night

D Sharon Pruitt Date Night is a term thrown around a lot in pre-marital counseling and marriage seminars. In some circles it’s touted as the cure-all for all your relationship woes. Unfortunately, we’ve known couples who always had a regular “date night” and still ended up in divorce court. Cure-all it is not. However, date […]

A Valentine’s Day At-Home Date Night (Frugal Friday)

This week on LifeasMOM is all about Loving Life — finding ways to help each of us enjoy life a little more. And one way to enjoy life more is to spend time with your main squeeze. This past week I explained to my four year old daughter what a date was. No, not the dried fruit. […]

Hacking through the Jungle Together

Today is my husband’s birthday. It’s also the day that he proposed to me. We got dressed up and went to the Palace Grill in Santa Barbara, presumably to celebrate his birthday. But since it was a little pricey for us, he had always said that we’d only go there on a special occasion, like […]