Video on Marriage and Selflessness

Watch a new #MormonMessage about marriage and selflessness. — The LDS Church (@LDSchurch) June 20, 2013

10 Ways to Survive (and Thrive) in a Difficult Marriage | All Pro Dad

I like the All Pro Dad and they often have good advice and not just for dads. In the most recent article, 10 Ways to Survive (and Thrive) in a Difficult Marriage | All Pro Dad , they discuss how to survive in a difficult marriage. As usual, the advice is good and sound. However, I thought to add another thought. Most of the ten items correctly advise to not try and change the spouse, but to change ourselves. In addition, it is have the important conversations.


Individuality , a photo by Batikart ... handicapped ... sorry for no comments on Flickr. Weeding makes me philosophical.  Maybe it is that so many parables are have their root in working the land.  Maybe it is the undistracted quiet or maybe there is just something deeper about getting my hands dirty.  I have a flower bed that has a lot of grass in it that I have to keep pulling out.  Early in the spring I can attack the grass with gusto.  As the flowers grow in I have to be more careful and take more time in order to pull the grass without harming the flower plants.  If I fail to weed at first, the rest of the summer becomes much harder. Weeding is like removing those little problems that happen during a marriage.  First, if you take care of them early on before they can really get a root, they are much easier to address.  Second, leaving them to grow often leads to more problems that are harder to extract. What are the weeds in a marriage?  The might be the little disagreem

Our Love is One in a Melon

Our Love is One in a Melon , a photo by boopsie.daisy on Flickr. I love this

Sweet Embrace

Sweet Embrace , a photo by ilovestrawberries (Carmi) on Flickr. I just found this picture fun and wanted to share.

How do you flirt with your spouse?

Our Love is One in a Melon , a photo by boopsie.daisy on Flickr. As a reader of this blog, you will know that we are all about flirting with each other as a way to keep life interesting.  Well, over at there is a reader poll: How Do You Flirt With Your Spouse? which is worth a look.  You can comment here or there, but please share. Some other ideas: Love on a Postcard Keep in Touch Welcome Home


Lots of open questions. / Massor av öppna frågor (8/365) , a photo by Mattes Svart Photography on Flickr. The other day my wife and I decided to play Monopoly which is something we have not done in a long time.  It is of those games we used to play as kids, especially on New Year's Eve when you have a long time to kill.  The game started out fun as we enjoyed spending the time together in some friendly competition.  Then as the game wore on, it became less fun.  Eventually, it became obvious that I was going to win but that it was still going to be some time.  Soon the inevitability of the outcome overcame the funness and we called the game. Monopoly is a competitive game in which all the players try to win by beating the other players.  Those sorts of games are very fun and are very common.  However, there is a different sort of game available, a cooperative game.  In these games, all the players work together to reach a common goal.  Some examples of cooperative games inc