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What I’ve Been Up To- January 2013

by heather
I paid off the last of our credit card debt. Now we only have the car, the mortgage and student loans. Wahoo! Three days later I found a small drip in our basement. We called a plumber. The problem isn't our pipes. Apparently there's a problem with the shower pan in our master bath, so it's been leaking through the floor, which is now soaked. We need to have our entire shower ripped out, the floor replaced and everything put back together. Awesome.  And on the bright side our home-owner's Read more [...]

I am married to an ex-Mormon.

by heather
Awhile ago I was reading in a sub-reddit forum about a woman who had left the LDS Church and was looking for advice. She asked if mixed religion relationships can work out. She got some positive feedback, encouraging she and her husband to get counseling, but then she also was told by a couple people that she should just give up and get a divorce because Mormons are crazy and unreasonable. Those weren't their exact words, that's the G-rated version.  I wanted to reach out to her, but I wasn't sure Read more [...]

Should I spend money that I don’t have?

by heather
Recently we have had some unforeseen expenses. It seems like every month this year we have had unforeseen expenses. Car repairs, medical bills, you know the boring stuff that you have to spend money on. One afternoon last week I found myself analyzing the accounts and pondering 'Should I go out with my husband this evening? We would have to get a babysitter ($). Then we would have to pay for dinner ($$) and then if we did anything else it would have to be indoors because it's still 110 degrees at Read more [...]

Book Review: How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing With Toxic and Difficult to Love Personalities

by heather
There's a fair amount of dysfunction in the family that I was raised in. (But then who doesn't have some degree of dysfunction in their families?) After talking with a friend who grew up in a similar circumstance, she recommended that I read How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing With Toxic and Difficult to Love Personalities by John L. Lund. It was a great book and very much worth the time it took to read it. I even think that I will read it again. I recommend it to everyone. Now you may say 'My family Read more [...]

What Happily Married Couples Do

by heather
Recently I read an article in a Church publication called "What Happily Married Couples Do: Ten ideas for enriching your marital relationship". (Click on the link if you want to read the entire thing.) It has ideas that can help every married couple to improve their relationships.Have positive conversations. I think this is a part of any healthy relationship.Show affection. Everyone needs to be touched.Remember that you are each other's therapists. You are the one that knows more back story than Read more [...]

Secrets to An Argument-Free Marriage

by heather
Recently I discovered that my marriage is more unusual than I thought. I mentioned a very minor thing that happened, to a friend and she said "Wait, you guys didn't have fight over that? I totally would have blown up at my husband over that." Honestly, the thought hadn't occurred to me. "We don't fight." "Really?!" Really. In the ten years that we've been together I can only think of a half dozen actual fights that we've had, and three of those were before we were married. So I've been thinking about Read more [...]

A Romantic Getaway on A Budget

by heather
This week my husband and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary. As I was planning something fun I realized, I can't even remember the last time that we had a real date. Really. If you are in the same situation I suggest that you follow the steps below. Even getting away for just one night can be fun and a simple way to strengthen your relationship.If necessary, find someone to watch the kids. This is biggest barrier for us. You can find things to do for free, but getting a babysitter can be expensive, Read more [...]

Family Dinners are Important

by heather
I recently read an article in the newspaper that I thought was worth sharing. After doing research for more than a decade The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has found that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. The center's chairman and president said "If I could wave a magic wand to make a dent in our nation's substance abuse problem, I would make sure that every child in America has Read more [...]

Steering Clear of the Brink…

by heather
The other day I was talking with my husband. He was telling me about one of his students who has a tough situation at home and can't wait to graduate and get away. The biggest reason is that his mom is crazy, unreasonable and really makes his life miserable. (And we all know moms like her, or at least we know children like her son.) I thought 'How very sad'. It also made me think, 'how does this happen?' I'm assuming that at one point, perhaps a long time ago, she was a caring mother who her children Read more [...]

Book Review: Fascinating Womanhood

by heather
My mother-in-law gave a copy of Fascinating Womanhood: How the Ideal Woman Awakens a Man's Deepest Love and Tenderness by Helen Andelin to myself and two of my sisters-in-law for Christmas. (Probably because not a one of us is a shining example of femininity.) I have a love-hate relationship with this book. There are some great insights and wisdom found in these pages. There are also some things that if a person said this to me they would have unleashed some wicked fury. This book was originally Read more [...]

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