Got any great Valentine ideas?

I’m not much of a gift giver so anytime gift-giving days present themselves, I find myself in a pickle.  Seriously, friends, I’m what you might call gift-giving challenged! I rarely can think up something creative on my own but I can steal, oh I...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Love is a Verbby Jill SavageMy friend and I sat across the table chatting over lunch. With February being the “month of love” we began to discuss our plans (or lack of plans at that point) for Valentine’s Day weekend. Eventually we moved into sharing some marriage...

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

One of the most important things we can do for our kids is to model a healthy marriage.  I can say that my parent’s gave me that gift as a part of my heritage.  Today is their 49th wedding anniversary!Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.  Thank...

Are you guilty of “attention infidelity?”

I recently heard a phrase that I’d never heard before: attention infidelity.I’m familiar with both words, but I’ve never heard them used together.  Since hearing the phrase, I’ve not been able to get it out of my mind. The term...

Talk Time

Mark and I have been navigating a pretty big life change lately.  It’s required us to be intentional about “talk time.”  With kids interrupting, the phone ringing, and everyday responsibilities calling, this has been no small task. We...

Our Hot Tub Surprise

I’m posting today about our hot tub surprise over at our ABC’s of a Healthy Marriage blog. You can join the conversation here!

Julie and Julia

A couple of weeks ago my daughter and I went to see the movie Julie and Julia. A friend had encouraged me to go simply because of how the movie portrays marriage. You know Hollywood gets the relationship thing wrong much of the time. But they got it right in Julie and...

Love for a Lifetime and Wedding memories

There’s still time to register for the Love For a Lifetime summer class this Thursday evening at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL. You’ll find registration info here!By the way, you can join in a conversation about wedding memories happening over...

You are not alone

Marriage is harder than we think. There are lulls of “easy” in the middle of the “hard,” but there’s much more “hard” than most of us expect. Why should we expect anything else? Marriage is about blending two completely unique...

Happy Anniversary, Mark!

Dear Mark,It’s hard to believe that we’re celebrating 26 years of marriage today. On that hot summer day 26 years ago, we didn’t have any idea about the journey that was ahead of us:If you’d told me we’d be living in Illinois and not in...

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Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

The Importance of Advance Decision-MakingBy Jill SavageEvery Friday is date day for my husband and I. It’s his day off and I keep my calendar open to allow us to spend the day together. And it’s an advance decision we intentionally make to keep a priority in...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Passing On The TraditionsBy Jill Savage(first published in 2007 when my oldest daughter was getting married)She opened each present with a sense of excitement about what new appliance, linen, or home décor gift might be hidden beneath the wrapping paper. This bridal...

Do you ever feel jealous of your husband’s freedom?

I have a confession to make. I’m going to be vulnerable and share it with you because I think you might be able to identify with it. I have been struggling with jealousy lately. I know that we are not to envy. God’s working with me on this one, but the...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

A Grace-Filled FamilyJill SavageI was late for a meeting early one morning. The church music team met each Tuesday at 6 a.m. for prayer and planning and I always had trouble arriving on time. Once again I had not left in enough time. I jumped into a car we had...