The Stages of Marriage

Our life, in general, is created of stages. We begin as an infant and then advance to a toddler. We then enter childhood. Soon the teenage years creep in. After that we are young adults and advance into adulthood. We then become elderly. In addition to our life cycle of stages, we also go through many stages as we travel through life. We cycle through stages when encountering the death of a loved one or another tragic experience. When angered we usually go through many stages also. Marriage and relationships are no different. They are full of stages. The stages … Continue reading

Cute Adult Rugby Shirt for $3.99 at The Children’s Place

Did you know that The Children’s Place also sells adult clothes? Well, a few pieces, anyway. These rugby shirts came out in sizes for the whole family. The idea was for matching outfits. Apparently, they sold more children’s than adults because the adult ones have been marked way down to only $3.99 from $24.50. My favorite one is the one that’s pictured here. It reminds me of Joseph’s coat of many colors! You can get a matching or contrasting scarf for another $1.99. They still have sizes left in children’s and adults, so for less than $8 you can be … Continue reading

Underappreciated Disney Films: Newsies

I didn’t even have to watch or re-watch the new Underappreciated Disney Film, I know it so well. I haven’t seen it in full in years, but back when I was a teenager, I had both the movie and its soundtrack playing almost constantly. In honor of International Worker’s Day tomorrow, this segment’s underappreciated film is “Newsies.” “Newsies” is one of those movies that almost always gets either one of two reactions when brought up in a group: silence, because someone doesn’t know what it is, or shrieking gasps of “I LOVE(D) that movie!” It’s also a great example of … Continue reading

What Are You Thinking?

‘I think therefore I am,’ Descartes said. The apostle Paul obviously considered a person’s thought life to be important. Philippians 4:8 reminds us ‘whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is anything excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your minds dwell on these things.’ Our pastor recently suggested, ‘a man is not just what he thinks he is but what he thinks about – he is.’ The reality is that as our minds are transformed so are our attitudes and behavior. What we … Continue reading

Marriages Need to Grow

Those who have been through marriage preparation classes could perhaps be better prepared for the reality of marriage. They’re a good idea but they still don’t have all the answers. Basically we can discuss issues before we are married. Mick and I did. We talked about children, money, other family members, religion and anything else that came to mind and that’s great. But sometimes those held views change over time and we need to rethink. That’s when we need to make sure the lines of communication stay open. Good, lasting marriages don’t just happen. Like gardens they need time to … Continue reading

Secrets of Long Lasting Marriages

I love finding stories of long lasting marriages. Most of them are young marriages but they have to been married young to be able to rack up that many years. One recently was Norm and Ona Leffler. He was 20 and she was 19 when they married. This year they received among their congratulatory messages, one from Queen Elizabeth, one from the Governor General and one from the Prime Minister of Australia. I wonder if Mick and I will ever get to 70 years married. Another couple, Gordon and Roma Adams, first met as children at school. As teenagers it … Continue reading

Facebook Quietly Welcomes Homeschoolers

Earlier this year when I mentioned that Facebook was not open to homeschoolers, I was mistaken. Facebook began accepting homeschoolers in June of this year. Before then and probably for some time after, homeschoolers who wanted to join the social networking group had to learn a very important teenage skill. Website hacking. Determined homeschool kids figured out that they could join under a local highschool and get their high school buddies to verify them. Others realized they could lie about their age since adults that are not affiliated with any educational institution have been able to join the site since … Continue reading

Taking Abstinence Too Far?

The other day Jade sent me a link to a Chicago Tribune story titled “Practicing abstinence, bride and groom have never kissed” by Vikki Ortiz. It was about a couple, 30-year-old Claudaniel Fabien and his 28-year-old bride Melody LaLuz, who decided to abstain not only from sex before marriage, but from even kissing on the lips. Jade’s subject line when she sent the link read “Good luck with this one.” I’m surprised she didn’t say “Have fun with this one” or “Can you believe this one?” I’ve had to let it digest for a few days before writing about it. … Continue reading

Change Your Bedding, Change Your Sex Life

Even though the title might suggest such, I’m not about to tell you how to salvage a slumping sex life by simply putting fresh sheets on your bed. (Although, if it has been weeks since you changed them, I could see how that might help.) Rather, I’m talking a makeover for your bed. Courtney, you do realize we’re in the midst of recession, right? Weren’t you the one freaking out about it not too long ago and coming up with ways to survive it without spending a lot of cash? Why, what a great memory you have! Yes, in fact … Continue reading

What’s the Spookiest Thing That’s Happened to You on Halloween?

Happy Halloween! I don’t know if it’s the kid in me or what, but Halloween remains one of my favorite holidays. I love decorating and dressing up even though I don’t have any kids and some may think I’m too old for such nonsense. But I don’t care. I still think it’s a hoot. However, this Halloween, even though the decorations are up, I find myself facing something very scary indeed. A trip to the doctor. Dreading the Doctor After having to schlep my mom to and from doctors’ offices this past year, I’ve semi-sort of conquered one fear in … Continue reading