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    2 Minutes to Make a Difference – A Personal Request from Doug

    2 Minutes to Make a Difference – A Personal Request from Doug I just need 2 minutes of your time. If you are a loyal reader of my blog, you know I typically write about topics that make a difference in the lives of couples and their families. This week...

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    4 Easy Steps To Sanity

    4 Easy Steps To Sanity Summer vacations are all but over, schools are ramping back up, and fall is right around the corner. Anyone depressed yet? Well, if fall is in on your mind, then that probably means you’re thinking, like me, that it’s time to get everyone focused. If...

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    Make Going Back To School A Positive Experience

    Make Going Back To School A Positive Experience Last week I told you I was heading to Chattanooga Tennessee for a family getaway before the craziness of going back to school set in. The trip was a big hit. If you’ve never been there I highly recommend it. All those...

  • Outdoor Date Ideas That Will Awaken Your Marriage

    Outdoor Date Ideas That Will Awaken Your Marriage This week I have the pleasure of heading down to Chattanooga, Tennessee to spend a few days with my family in the great outdoors. With the start of school right around the corner, I am looking forward to having some family time...

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    Be More Bold In Your Marriage

    Think about this: if you want a marriage that lasts, you have to be willing to be bold now and then. It may require you to take a risk, take a leap of faith, or do something you’ve never done before. But in the long run, it may be the...

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    Add A Splash To Your Summer With Free Activities

    Everyone appreciates something free every once in awhile, especially when it involves the family. I spend a small fortune every time I take my family of six out for dinner and if I add a movie to the mix, forget about it! That amount more than doubles! (Please tell me...

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    Change Your Life By Keeping It Simple

    You ever heard the saying, “use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without?” This was a mindset that was common in people who lived through events like the Great Depression, but it often gets lost in our modern consumerist culture. Our desire to be good providers, to...

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    When Hope Seems Lost

    How about some hope? If you follow me on Facebook, you may recall seeing some pictures of my promotion ceremony to Lieutenant Colonel. As you might imagine, it was a joyous occasion. I was truly honored to have been given the opportunity to serve my country with greater influence. If...

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    How To Be A Good Friend To Your Spouse

    Did you love your spouse when you married them? You’re probably thinking, “Well, of course, I did!” You’re not alone; most couples would say they did. But what about the couples who, after a few years of being married, say they no longer do? Did they ever really love each...

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    The Type Of Friends Your Kids Need

    You may have heard this phrase, “You become who you surround yourself with.” This is true not only as an adult but with our kids as well. I was the kid who was always testing his boundaries. I remember my mom telling me on more than one occasion to stay...