How to Stay Happily Married with Kids

When kids come into your life, your marriage changes. We have three kids and a child changed the dynamics of our marriage and family. What if this happened eight times? It did to the couple we interviewed for the episode of the 7 Rings of Marriage Web Show.

Mike and Kristin Berry from the Confessions of a Parent blog not only have eight children, but each one joined their family through adoption! We have several close friends who’ve adopted children. One consistent thing I’ve learned is the adoption process is no walk in the park.

You’re Not Alone in Your Marriage and Parenting Challenges – 2015 Reader Survey Insights

In January, I launched my 2015 Reader Survey. It’s the third time I’ve done this, and just like the first two times it has provided great feedback, which helps me know you, my readers, better. The value is it benefits you by helping me understand more about how I can best help you through my blog.

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Almost twice as many people participated in this survey as compared to the survey I did in the middle of 2014. For those of you who are new to my site, or missed the survey when I originally released it, you can still participate. Just click here to access the survey. It will take you less than two minutes to complete.

5 Reasons You Should Celebrate Your Marriage More Often

As of today I’ve been married to my wife for 4,987 days, which is the equivalent of 13 years and 239 days of marriage. Sometimes I feel like we just got married, and it just hasn’t been that long. But putting it in the perspective of days, that is a long time.

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Of those 13 year and 239 days at least on day per year, our wedding anniversary, is dedicated to celebrating our marriage. So 13 days out of the total 4,987 days of marriage. That is only 1/4 of 1% of those day dedicated to celebrating our marriage.

What Does it Take to Have a Lasting and Fulfilling Marriage?

Money problems, adultery, porn addictions, blended family and in-law issues, unenjoyable sex, communication problems, health issues, a lack of leadership, and more.

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You wouldn’t expect that list of problems to be the make up of lasting and fulfilling marriages. But it is. The things I listed above come directly from the marriage experiences of at least ten couples who have lasting and fulfilling marriages, including me and my wife, Stephana’s, marriage experiences.

A Marriage Like This Answers the Question, “What is Love?”

Marriage is one amazing way that two individuals get to live out the word “love” in every day action. Sometimes this is much easier said than done. When two different people come together and try to function as a couple, as one, the challenges can be endless.

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Every single couple who says “I do” will have those vows tested at some point. But it is at those points that we have the greatest opportunities to really show what love is.

My New Site and a FREE Gift for You!

Today, is the day! It’s Christmas in September for me. 🙂 For the past month I’ve been working with Michael Hyatt and his Platform University team on some changes to my brand, my website, and my overall online platform.

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To say I’ve been feeling like a kid waiting on Christmas morning is the understatement of the year! I was up at 3:15am today. I’m excited, elated, and ecstatic to reveal my new site for you all to see!

4 Simple Tips to Having a Happy Marriage

This is a guest post by Hank McKinsey. Hank is a lifestyle blogger and SAHD. When he’s not blogging over at Home By Hank, he can be found playing tennis or lounging out by the pool with his dogs, Digit and Poppy.  If you want to guest post on my blog, check out the guidelines and submit your post.

Whether you’ve been married for six-months or sixty-years, taking time to make your marriage work is vital. Once the honeymoon phase of your marriage wears off, the hard work really begins.

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Almost 40 and in my #BestShapeEver

Just about every Tuesday for the past month I’ve been receiving a text message from a buddy of mine. The text would read something like this…

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“Fellas, tomorrow night 9pm. Blue court. In or out?”

It’s a roll call sent to a group of guys to see who is available to play basketball in an adult basketball league in my area. For those who are new to my site and story, I’ve been playing basketball practically for my entire life.

Will You Be Celebrating Your 50th Wedding Anniversary? Here Is Why You’ll Want To

Today is my parents, 50th wedding anniversary!!! Wow! They made it to their golden wedding anniversary! I’m super excited, happy for them, and proud to be their son.

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My wife and I’ve been married 13 years, and I think that is a pretty big accomplishment. But 50 years? That is nothing short of amazing.