Great Dates for Empty Nesters

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It can be very difficult to step back and support adult children in leaving the nest to become independent and to begin creating their own families. It is particularly difficult if one is not deeply connected with, and attached to, one’s own marriage partner. After all, they have spent almost their entire adult lives focusing on meeting the needs of children to this point. Sometimes it can be a bit frightening to consider life where those children are not at ...

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How Do I Love Thee?

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Several years ago I was surprised in an interview with a church leader when he asked me, “How do you love your wife?”

I am embarrassed to say that my mind immediately reached for Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. You know the poem: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach…”

Then I occurred to me: He may not be asking me how much—but what ...

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Starting Marriage Out Right

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As the month draws to an end so does this series regarding dating, courtship, engagement and marriage. It reminds me of the young bride on her wedding day who told her mother, “I am at the end of my troubles!” Mother wisely responds, “Yes, but which end?”

If a couple got to know one another through “3-P” dating (planned, paid for and paired off), courted carefully and intentionally, and used their engagement period to establish practices and barriers commensurate with a ...

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Anxiously Engaged

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I would bet that at least 50 couples in our reading area got engaged in the past week. (I understand; I proposed to my wife on V-Day as well.) Even if you did not make or accept a proposal of everlasting love and commitment in the past week you can still listen in this week. I suspect you’re in for a few surprises.

Many men think of the engagement period as a simple formality, just a way to get a guy ...

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