Love & Life Relationships

We are sharing and exploring what we are learning in the most meaningful part of everyday life: relationships!

From our single days, to difficult relationships, to life-changing friendships and pursing a healthy marriage, we’ll explore how to cultivate loving relationships.

Sex is for marriage. This statement is contrary to a lot of our culture. This statement is even frowned upon. Prude. Square. Boring. I would substitute those words with something else. Healthy. Freeing. Life-Giving. I understand this blog post isn't going to be a popular one. In my teen years, this view was a joke. No one thought I would really "save myself" for marriage. In my early 20's, this view was shocking. No one could believe I really...

Today is a guest interview with one of the most fun couples I know: Crystal and AJ Martin! From navigating time changes with littles, to puddle jumping, to marking special milestones and throwing parties, these guys know how to infuse fun into family life. But why does this matter? Think about the last time you had a good laugh. What did it do to you? When was the last time you had a good belly laugh. Ever laughed so hard that you cried? Fun does...

What kind of faith do you have this Easter? I love Easter. I love the power Easter demonstrates. I love the love Easter celebrates. I love the Jesus at the center of it. But don't get me wrong, I'm not always super spiritual. These days, just finding some quiet reflection space is a task-and-a-half, and my cellphone battles for it. My belly is bulging as our next baby is just weeks away. Our toddler is bursting with energy before the sun rises. I have a job I...

    Today is a guest interview with the lovely Melanie Faris! Melanie is a young mom with two babies at home under the age of 3. She's passionate about creating a healthy home, putting healthy food on the table, and building healthy habits into regular life that are actually do-able during this wild phase of parenting. But... it can be incredibly challenging to "do everything" we find on Pinterest from mom-blogger-extraordinaire types. And while it would be wonderful to have access to all the...

  This is for anyone looking for a loving relationship, or know someone who is. I made a mistake in my dating years that I wish I had stopped making way sooner. I spent over a decade fumbling my way through first date after first date, and 2-month relationship after 2-month relationship. I made my share of mistakes, breaking hearts or getting heartbroken. Finding love is no walk in the park, pun intended. But if you're still reading to this point... you get that. There...

When are you having a baby? When is the next one coming along? This question has me fired up these days. Because this question causes too much pain for too many people I love and care about. And I get asked this ALL the time. By well-meaning, curious people that I genuinely like. It's often just "casual conversation." But you need to know - this topic is NOT casual conversation. In one question, you are asking a woman about: Her relationship with...

Today I turn 31. 31 used to seem old to me. But today, in many ways, I just feel like a better version of my younger self. And in the same breath, I feel like a completely different person. Sort of like the saying "it feels like yesterday" and "it feels like a lifetime ago" applies to the same memory. Anyways, here I am at 31. Maybe that's young to you, or maybe that's old. ;) But birthdays always make me reflect. I don't know...

I'm doing my best. I'm trying to care for my child the best I know how. Aren't we all? I'm trying to raise him well, make informed decisions, love him to the very ends of my human limits. And somehow it's not enough. And too much. All at once. The comments started the day he came home from the hospital. Or, more truthfully, the day I found out I was pregnant. At first, I appreciated different perspectives and anything off-colour just rolled off my back....

RThe Hidden Fear Of Going Home

Dads, let's be honest - have you ever faced a secret, shameful fear of going home at the end of the day? A quiet, back of your mind resistance to the drive home from the office? I've been there, and sometimes I'm still there. But it never used to be that way. I used to love the drive home. I'd put in a long, focused day at work. Often I'd be a little bagged. I'd have about 20 peaceful minutes before arriving at a quiet house. Sarah and...

Here it is. The nitty-gritty, nakedness of how we try to be wise with money day-to-day. This wraps up a 3-part series on how sharing finances makes our marriage stronger. If you missed the first two, catch up with; How Sharing a Bank Account Makes Your Marriage Stronger and How to Enjoy Budgeting. Why does money management even matter in your marriage? Because it's one of the top 10 reasons why couples get divorced, according to Huffington Post last fall. You could almost conclude that half...