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Behind Our Smiles – Episode 36 – How Did We Get to 25 Years?

Happy 25th Anniversary to us!! As we celebrate what God has done in our 25 years of marriage, Joe and I reflect on some of our favorite wedding memories. And…

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Behind Our Smiles – Episode 33 – We Need Some Margin!

Just like every piece of paper needs margins around it, we need margin in our calendars and personal lives. A little space to just be together with no agenda, no…

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Behind Our Smiles – Episode 32 – Are You Listening to Me?

One of the most frustrating things to experience is when you feel like someone is not listening to you. Or worse, they say they are listening, but their attention is…

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Behind Our Smiles – Episode 29 – Can We Just Skip Mother’s Day? – Part 1

Joe could feel it, sneaking up on him again. Mother’s Day was coming. The reminder of the hurt and loss he suffered through as a child. He describes it as…

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“We just knew that God said do it, so we did.” – Chris Scotland

When my wife and I lived in Houston, we had an amazing community of believers that we hung out with on a regular basis. I remember one Christmas when a…

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Behind Our Smiles Podcast – Episode 18 – Surprise Me!

“…we need this life of practical romance; the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure. We need so to view the world as to combine an…

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Behind Our Smiles – Episode 15 – Ready or Not, Here I Come Part 2

The traumatic experiences of Joe’s past were one of the major barriers to us finding emotional intimacy in our marriage. The distance that was between us made it harder to…

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Behind Our Smiles – Episode 14 – Ready or Not, Here I Come part 1

One of the challenges of marriage is learning to be “naked and unashamed” like it says in Genesis 2.  Something about marriage involves letting someone else truly see all of…

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Behind Our Smiles – Episode 13 – Can We Press the Reset Button?

They say once you say something you can’t take it back. Words are powerful. But, just because some idiotic comment comes flying out of my mouth doesn’t mean I should…

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Behind Our Smiles – Episode 10 – What’s Wrong With You?

Joe and I both get annoyed with each other. We both have personal habits that we find highly frustrating. And really, I try not to nag him about those things.…

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Behind Our Smiles Podcast – Episode 9 – Why Don’t You Like Christmas?

Do difficult experiences in your past make it hard for you to truly enjoy the Christmas season? Or maybe you’re struggling this Christmas but don’t want to bring down the…

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Behind Our Smiles Podcast – Episode 6 – Are You Mad at Me?

Sometimes I get mad at Joe. Like something he said or did starts to bother me, and maybe it shows up in my face. Then as Joe is trying to…

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