“For nearly two decades our bi-monthly email newsletters have always had the main article being on marriage and family. For this particular issue, however, we are presenting something entirely different. As you read what is below you will better understand what we mean. What is occurring throughout the world and including our own nation is.. read more →

“Hey, hon, we need to talk!” Harmless statement but whenever Bob would hear those words spoken by Yvonne he would have a war-time military expression ? ” Incoming! Incoming!” ? and make a major sprint to the nearest closet. Well, not quite like that, but you get the idea. He was running for cover because.. read more →

Just before our son, Robert, was going to be married we asked him, “What did you learn about marriage from us?” Since we had been doing some premarital counseling with him we thought he would tell us all the current things he had just learned. Instead he started talking about some things from his childhood… read more →

If you have ever been around a teenager you may have heard them say more than once, “I am soooo bored”. Well, guess what? The same thing can happen in a marriage. Boredom acts as a warning system that our marriage has fallen into a rut and if we do not heed the warning we.. read more →

Recently we were with a group of friends and the conversation turned to a discussion about their dogs. Both of us noticed that when our friends started talking about their dogs, they were enthusiastic and spoke with great affection. When we got home that evening and reflected on the conversations we wanted to discover what.. read more →

So much of our dissatisfaction with life is of our own making. It revolves around our thinking – where we focus our attention. We saw this attitude a number of years ago with Yvonne. It seemed to happen when she would go shopping. Whenever she would walk into the home decorating section of a department.. read more →

20 Nov 2014
November 20, 2014


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The other evening Bob was telling me about a situation that had occurred for him that day. As he was talking, I was busy planning in my mind my next day but to let him think I was listening I would periodically give him the obligatory “uh-huh.” After a few minutes an unexpected problem arose.. read more →

Do you want an effective way to find out what is going on inside of your spouse – your children – grandchildren? Want to find out their thoughts, feelings and ideas? Would you like a way to feel closer to them? If you do, then learn the art of asking great questions. Jesus knew the.. read more →

Over 35 years ago when I said my marriage vows to Yvonne promising to her all that I wanted to give to her as her husband – I meant it. Unfortunately after the honeymoon season I started to live like I should be ‘getting’ – not ‘giving.’ Sadly this went on for years – not.. read more →

“How come you do not hardly talk with me anymore?” Yvonne asked Bob “Do you really want to know?” he responded. “Yes, tell me.” “Okay, I will tell you but do not interrupt me because if you do I will stop talking.” “Alright. Alright. I agree. Just tell me” Yvonne replied with exasperation in her.. read more →