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  • The Real Truth about ‘Boring’ Men — and the Women who Live with Them: Redefining Boring

    On Friday, November 15 th, 2013

    So not every guy proposes with lip syncing, rolling cameras, and a choreographed entourage. Yeah —  so what if  your Dad didn’t? He just pulled that beat-up Volkswagon Rabbit of his over in front of Murray Reesor’s hundred acre farm right there where Grey Township meets Elma Township, pulled out a little red velvet box, and whispered it in the snowy dark: “Marry m...

  • The Real Love Stories… and Why There Really Are No Blurred Lines

    On Friday, September 27 th, 2013

    It was the music pumping through the speakers at the optometrist’s that made me see you clearly for who you are. The lyrics kept thrumming loud when I was standing there with my thick glasses, waiting for the receptionist. Waiting there with the Mennonite woman in her netted white bonnet and purple flowers falling down the cotton front of her cape dress. And Robin Thicke ...

  • 3 Ways to Live the Ultimate Romance

    On Friday, August 02 nd, 2013

    I watch you in the kitchen, slicing up a pie, summer evening sloping gold across your face. How do you know the moment when you love someone the most? I used to think it was that wild moment of crazy grace when you asked for forever on Reesor’s sideroad and I laughed the wonder of yes. But then the babies came with the contractions and I really did think it had to be the...

  • When You Need The Very Best Valentine

    On Thursday, February 14 th, 2013

    To the one who takes me anyway: I know that it really might not have been. That I could have laughed too loud — wait. I did laugh too loud — but the craziest thing was that you didn’t roll your eyes but looked into mine instead. I’ve got no bloomin’ reason why. Why did you find my eyes and look straight and unashamed into me and what on earth could there have been ...

  • 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Begin Your 2nd Term of Life

    On Monday, January 21 st, 2013

    It felt like the second term to her. Her 39 and him about 40, and the first half over, now the beginning of the second. Or of the end — depending how you looked at it. You don’t get to make up most of your story. That’s what she thought at the stove over eggs, over all the cracked and broken things. You don’t get to make him love you like you want t...

  • 3 Marriage Habits Every Marriage Needs– because it’s worth falling in love again

    On Wednesday, January 09 th, 2013

    He lays his hand on my shoulder. Water drips from strands tousled and a rivulet runs down the small of my back. “I have no idea what to wear.” I’m paying him no mind, standing before the closet with my towel, mumbling words. Hangers clatter. “What you’re wearing is rather pretty.” His stubble finds the curve of my neck. “No…” I laugh, embarrassed,...

  • A Man, A Dog & How to Form Up a Life

    On Tuesday, February 28 th, 2012

    She watched him from the side of the road, there at the woods, watched as he called to his dog. How the snow was deep, how the ditch was deep. How the dog dug. She watched how the Farmer came. Waded down by the fenceline, snow up to the waist, bent and filled his arms with his dog. That is how he did it, how he formed his life into something hallowed. He bowed his head, bent...

  • One Way To Help Your Marriage Be Even Better

    On Wednesday, February 15 th, 2012

    When my Grandma told me to marry a man who wasn’t much to look at  – so I wouldn’t worry of him wandering – I had nodded ‘cause I loved her. But I confess. I didn’t intend to pay her any mind. I did ask her if she had taken her own advice. She said yes — and my grandfather had slapped the worn knee of his jeans and roared with laughter and I saw it w...

  • weekends are for love {books on marriage}

    On Saturday, February 11 th, 2012

    M ay all your wanderings this weekend, kindest friends …. look up and see that banner over you is love.   :All is grace because of Christ alone, :: :: Beauty for the Weekend : On a Saturday morning… look at our Father’s World? … Creative Inspiration for the Weekend :  Van Gogh’s Starry Night like you’ve never seen it before Kitche...

  • 5 Ways to Fight Through to a Loving Marriage {What You’re Trying to Tell Him When You’re Angry}

    On Thursday, February 09 th, 2012

    Ithink we were standing outside the back door, out by the white pickup under the Big Dipper, when I turned and said it. Said I hated him. The dark can make you brave. Or a fool. But when you’re twenty-two and think you know everything, panic can tear up your chest like this howl that has to rip free. “I hate it when you stand there all quiet.” He kicks the gr...

  • When Winds Blow & Love Tries to Hold On

    On Wednesday, February 08 th, 2012

    The old threads cut up, laid down, stitched side by side, that quilt, it flaps on the line. A quilt for beds and bodies twined in the dark, hung out here to ride spring winds. The sun warms the back of a bare neck. I feel it, and on my arms. A breeze sways and the wooden pins still hold that quilt on the line. My Dad, he leans against the wire fence watching the windmill pump. ...

  • What Is The Best Gift to Give to A Man ? {Married Love & The Principle of Three Feet}

    On Wednesday, February 01 st, 2012

    That’s what your mama had said —  that it was the last day of January in the middle of a Canadian snowstorm. And all the farmers up and down the gravel roads had milked their cows in the morning and headed to the city’s Indoor Farm Show. And she had you, her ninth born, alone and late into that howling storm. Today you turn 39. What do you give a man who doesn’...

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