Coming Home

Most families treasure their traditions.  Some even pass them down from generation to generation. At our house, one of our traditions is designed to create tension and suspense in my wife (and love of my life), Melissa. Maybe even some anxiety. Before you jump to conclusions, hear me out.  I try very hard to be… Continue reading Coming Home

As Time Goes By

At one time, I thought I’d written the book on romance. I packed picnic baskets, composed poetry, cooked meals extracted from Food & Wine magazine, spent hours in greeting card shops, arranged flowers, lit fires, collected bronzes and vintage wines, preferred "chick-flicks" to “blow-‘em-ups", and I knew all the best city vantage points and restaurants.… Continue reading As Time Goes By

Building Your Dream Home

When I founded a marriage and family organisation while still at seminary, I struggled with what to name it.  Many of the cool biblical phrases were already taken. A colleague with Family Life suggested a variation on a wedding vow, “Til death do us Partington”.  That didn’t fly. Around that same time I discovered the… Continue reading Building Your Dream Home

Sustainable Marriage

I met my wife, Melissa, on a cycling trip on the Oregon coast.  I obviously shocked her on our group’s last night together at a Portland restaurant, when I asked for her number.  I used some line that made her smile.  Before the evening was out, she shared her info, and so began an exciting… Continue reading Sustainable Marriage