True intimacy isn’t something that appears out of nowhere in a relationship. It takes intentionality to break down walls we’ve built because of our past, our wounds, how we were raised, and our self-protective methods. As it’s hard enough to break down your own walls you’ve built, it’s a whole other ball game to break down your partner’s. Find out some prompts and questions to help you and your spouse get to know one another better—more intimately.
Your son is up against a lot at school—his piers, his education, learning to do life. It’s enough to make them feel overwhelmed and defeated. Learn how you can be their support and not the person they let down once again. Boys have a special need from their parents to have success in school. They need patience, encouragement, and a whole lot of grace. Here’s how you can help your son succeed in his studies.
Marriage needs to have goals to succeed. It’s with these habits and goals that your marriage can go above and beyond your average relationships. When your relationship is healthy, you are healthy. When you are healthy, your marriage is healthy—all the more reason to invest and work at your relationship.
There is great controversy among Christians surrounding the verses about wives submitting to their husbands, as well as great misunderstanding about what healthy masculinity looks like. And while I will do my best to answer the why and the how when it comes to what healthy spiritual leadership looks like, I want to first make it clear that just because someone is the “leader” of the home, does not make them better, more valuable, or more loved by God.
Over the past ten years, my husband and I began to realize that there are positive characteristics to our marriage now, that were never there before; like how we resolve arguments and so on. It’s these elements our marriage has grown into something beautiful. Had we never stuck with it through the ups and downs, we would have never gotten to where we are now — a strong marriage, filled with love and understanding for one another. It’s definitely not perfect, but I have never felt like perfection should be an element to a healthy marriage, anyway.
Getting your children to open up and talk about their feelings is no easy task. But something we neglect to address is the possibility that you might not be listening. When they don’t feel hear, why would they feel safe to share their heart and open up on a deeper level. Age is also a huge factor when it comes to how and when they will open up—when they are little, in most cases, children will open up fairly unprovoked—so listening and being attentive in their younger years will make a huge difference for when they get older.
THE Softest and BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe
Simple and yummy
I know that you may not believe me when I say there are literally the best sugar cookies you will ever eat, so I guess you will just need to make them to find out.
When I was younger, our visits to my Grandmas house were always greeted with a warm, soft sugar cookie. My favorite version was and always will be just plain, but there are so many different cookies you can make them into! But I think they are that good they don't need anything except a glass of milk, and you will literally be blown away.
This lady is a rockstar when it comes to making the most simple dishes into something amazing. She even wrote her own cookbook back in the day that sits on my self and is frequently used. I, of course, asked her permission to share it with you all and she said yes. You should feel special because this one is a family treasure.
The Softest Sugar Cookie
Recipe by Grandma Hand
Yields: 2 1/2 to 3 dozen
Prep and baking time: 1 hour
1/2 c (1 stick) softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c sour cream
3 c all-purpose flour
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix butter and sugar, followed by the egg, vanilla, and sour cream.
3. Mix dry ingredients and slowly incorporate into wet ingredients.
4. Form into golf ball sized balls; roll in granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
5. Flatten to about 1/4 inch thickness with the bottom of a drinking glass.
6. Bake 6-8 minutes or until cookies just begin to brown around edges. Tops should spring back when touched with your finger.
M&M - After cookies are flattened, press M&M's into them.
Lemon - Substitute 4 tsp lemon extract for vanilla.
Peanut Butter - add in 1/2 c peanut butter to wet ingredients. Flatten with a fork instead of glass.
I have never understood those couples who say they never fight. I can’t identify with it, and I also don’t think it’s very healthy. On the other end of the spectrum, fighting or arguing can be a relationship killer if not handled healthily. Arguing is healthy. When two different people come together with differences of opinion and baggage from being human, it’s inevitable for there to be a spat in the mix. What’s not healthy, is when it’s taken to extremes.
Raising boys is no easy task, but it’s an amazing privilege. With its responsibility, comes many fears that we as mothers have for our son’s. We have a lot of influence in how our son sees himself, lives his life, and makes his choices. It’s important to know how to nurture his manhood, without coddling his every move. A boy desires adventure, and at no point should we hinder that with our fears. Prepare your son for the world he will grow up in, and not the world you want him to grow up in.
It’s hard to know what to get for a new mom, especially if you aren’t a mom yourself. And these days, it’s important to note that most moms are very eco conscious, as well as fragrance, chemical and plastic free when it comes to everything surrounding their precious child. I know because I am one of them. Here is a list of items that are amazing and unique gift ideas for your mom friend that is sure to wow her.
Men, do you think you know what it is that women want? It’s your turn to know just what it takes to be relationship material. But I’m not only talking to those of you who are single, I’m laying it out there for all you men about what a woman wants and needs from you, whether she hasn’t met you yet, or has been with you for 20 years. It’s never too late!
A man’s insecurities are seldom expressed, or identified. Not only is it important for us ladies to have knowledge of these insecurities so that we can better understand our men, but it will also help guide us in our unintentional or unseen negative reactions to their insecurities. In the same way, we desire for our spouse’s to both understand and accept us, despite our insecurities.
Taking care of a newborn is no joke, so to make things a bit easier for you busy moms who need a little extra time to get stuff done, here are a few items that have really helped me get going with my busy life. If you aren’t careful, getting supplies for baby can get very quickly out of hand. From the baby swing, to the diaper changer, to the activity pad, diapers, baby bath - the list goes on. Before you know it your house looks more like a baby day care center and less like a home.
The first few days of bringing home baby are the toughest. You’re exhausted from birth, possibly breastfeeding, and of course, lacking sleep. That’s why in the days leading up to your due date, it’s essential to plan ahead and get yourself prepared mentally and physically for the precious new addition to the family.