God Talking

Talking about God is not just for Sundays; it’s for every hour of the day. Deuteronomy 6: 5-7 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your […]

Blending Family Movies

There are lots of ways to start discussions with your children about remarriage and blending your family. One way is to watch some of the following blending family movies* together and then talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of the characters’ experiences. Take some time this summer, or all year long, […]

Revealing Yourself

Communication is the lifeblood of any relationship; it will affect every aspect of your marriage. It can help you inform, explain, influence, and build intimacy with one another. Good personal communication is the act of revealing yourself—your past experiences, present feelings, and future dreams. It’s sharing your fears, needs, and desires carefully and honestly. Communicating […]

Great Expectations

The expectations we have heading into a second marriage are often quite different from those of a first marriage. Our past experiences and our current circumstances can overshadow the bliss younger couples might have going into a first marriage. There might be issues of trust, safety, and security. A death or divorce may bring a […]

Prepare for ReMarriage

Almost three out of four remarriages fail, but statistics say that couples who participate in premarital education report a 30 percent higher level of overall marital satisfaction and better communication! That means you are greatly increasing your chances for success by preparing for the adventure of a second marriage before you head into it! While […]

Our Primary Purpose

Yesterday Dale and I celebrated our anniversary with a drive into the mountains and a nice meal. We reminisced about the years we’ve spent together, and we recognized that we are extra grateful for God’s hand in our lives. We laughed and shared the precious memories of our wedding, our honeymoon, and the days and […]

How does it look through your eyes?

The viewpoints of a man and a woman are usually very, very different. Add to that personalities and life experiences that shape those viewpoints, and there’s potential of conflict, to say the least. Then add to that, kids and their viewpoints, and it can get pretty dicey. Looking at how the other sees things can […]

Happy Birthday Blog

I plan on making this a “Prepare for the Adventure” blog, one based on finding God’s joy in the midst of preparing for the adventure of life in marriage or remarriage, parenting and grandparenting, writing, and even the many transitions of life. I hope you like it. On Twitter, I want to provide my followers […]