Christmas is my favorite holiday! I love the music, the focus on Christ, and the magic you can see in children’s eyes (especially my own). I just love this time of the year! When Preston and I got married it was hard to decide what family activities we would do with his family and which… Continue reading Traditions
In order for the family to unify it is important to understand the wants and needs of everyone involved. Everyone should have the opportunity to voice their own opinion, have their needs met, and feel valued. In the book Counseling with Our Counsels, Elder Ballard talks about what a quorum of 12 counsel is like.… Continue reading Counsel Together
“I’m trusting you with my life, my body, my hopes, my dreams. Please be kind and gentle.” When I read this quote, it spoke to me. This is what I feel and I hope that Preston understands this and that he feels the same way. This is the kind of trust that happy marriages have.… Continue reading Emotional Fidelity
Dreams drive a person to live. Have you ever heard the clique “The’re alive without really living”? I attribute this phenomenon to the lack of dreams. Dreams hold a power that allows us to grow as a person. In relationships dreams have a new kind of power over us, either to enhance our relationship or to… Continue reading The Stuff of Dreams
Every single relationship has conflict. “Although you may feel your situation is unique, we have found that all marital conflicts, ranging from mundane annoyances to all out wars, really fall into one of two categories: either they can be resolved or they are perpetual, which means they will be a part of your lives forever… Continue reading Conflict
This week I wanted to discuss of the most common relationship problem out there. PRIDE. Everyone faces this challenge in different ways. It is a tricky challenge that is often misunderstood. “Most of us think of pride as self-centeredness, conceit, boastfulness, arrogance, or haughtiness. All of these are elements of the sin, but the heart,… Continue reading The Price of Pride
John M. Gottman, Ph.D. has given me fantastic advise this semester. Every chapter in The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work has introduced me to a marriage concept that I know I can improve on. This weeks topic was turning toward my spouse. I learned that I can do this by watching for bids from my husband. “In… Continue reading ATTENTION!