Emotional Chastity
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Emotional Chastity for Wives

A few months into my freshmen college year with a raging case of Instant Princess Syndrome, two of the upperclassmen told me I needed to be a little more "emotionally chaste". They were, of course, right, but what teenage girl wants to hear that? I brushed it off in annoyance as overzealous purity culture foolishness… Continue reading Emotional Chastity for Wives

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Because when the apocalypse comes, pharmacies will be closed, but you'll still have your charts.
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Learn NFP for the Zombie Apocalypse

Somewhere right around the turn of the Millenium, my generation began our obsession with the idea of a zombie apocalypse. Nerds began buying battle-ready machetes, ya know, just in case. Some bigger nerds began stockpiling non-perishables, because it's not a bad idea to have an emergency supply, right? Some even bigger nerds built zombie-proof bunkers… Continue reading Learn NFP for the Zombie Apocalypse

Culture, Marriage

Operant Conditioning and Love Languages

It's been awful quiet on the site lately, but now that the 4th of July is behind us (happy belated birthday, America!), I'm back at it. In my mini blogging hiatus, I joined in my husband's fascination with the Canadian Psychologist Jordan Peterson. One of my favorite clips I stumbled across was "The BEST relationship… Continue reading Operant Conditioning and Love Languages

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Marriage When it’s Time to Bring in a Pro

Every week in our "Holy Ever After" facebook group, we share a marriage challenge. It keeps us all making a concerted effort to better our marriages every week. This Monday, we took it to the next level and challenged ourselves and our group members to this: The more I look back at our decision to… Continue reading Marriage When it’s Time to Bring in a Pro

Crucifix
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Subject to Your Husband, as to the Lord

Ephesians 5:21-25 still frustrates me. I don't like the idea of being "subject" to anyone. Maybe it's the red-blooded American in me, maybe I'm actually a closet feminist (not likely), but most likely, it's just my fallen humanity saying, "I am the master of my own life." Despite not really caring for those verses, I know… Continue reading Subject to Your Husband, as to the Lord

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Marriage and the Holy Eucharist

Last week, I started talking about what happens to marriages when spouses practice frequent sacramental Confession. Long story short, it's a very good thing. You should do it. The next logical step is to see how the Holy Eucharist can affect your marriage. Again, the short version: it's very good. You should receive the Holy Eucharist… Continue reading Marriage and the Holy Eucharist

Marriage and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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Marriage and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

I currently have four unread marriage books on my shelf and four more on my Amazon list. It's getting a little out of hand. The last one I read was Scott Hahn's latest, The First Society, and it added even more fuel to my passion for strengthening my own marriage, and the whole culture of… Continue reading Marriage and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

NFP in the Trenches- The Ultimate Answer
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NFP in the Trenches – The Ultimate Answer

Natural Family Planning isn't good enough. Even a regular and predictable fertile period causes division, frustration, and temptation. The not completely uncommon extended abstinence experienced by couples is enough to severely damage a marriage. Yes, yes, sex isn't everything in a marriage, but you'd be a fool if you tried to claim that it isn't something. And… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – The Ultimate Answer

Brianna and RJ's Story
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NFP in the Trenches – Brianna and RJ’s Story

Back in 2010, Brianna ran the Students for Life club at our university. I met her then-fiance the next year when we spent a lovely evening absolutely slaughtering the "Secular Students for Free Thought" in front of about a hundred or so people as we debated the morality of abortion. I'm not exaggerating. It was… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – Brianna and RJ’s Story