Archive for ‘From Vow ’til Now’
How do I love you? Dennis and Mary Jo count even the quirkiest ways! Read about how they find even each other’s quirks endearing – at least after a while.
Married love grows and changes, from the first joy of engagement to the happiness of a long marriage well-lived. Dennis writes about different “stages” of love in his own family.
Mary Jo shares what it was like to welcome their three-and-a-half year old son Peter into their family through international adoption.
Dennis shares his family’s story of adopting a little boy from Russia over 20 years ago. “As I reflect back, I really believe that God was in complete control over the entire adoption process.”
Dennis and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary while on a retreat with some friends from our marriage support group Teams of Our Lady. Along with time to learn from the videos on the retreat, there was a lot of laughter and good-natured ribbing, not much sleep and a fair amount of food and wine […]
Are you an empty-nest parent? Dennis and Mary Jo found themselves at that stage of life recently. Dennis writes that the best gift he can give his children now is praying for them.
Mary Jo reflects on the grace of joining her suffering to Christ’s, a lesson she learned when she sought the solace of prayer and solitude at a lake while on vacation.
Lifelong marriage is a beautiful thing! Dennis reflects on two experiences that reminded him of this: attending a faith-filled wedding, and renewing his own vows at Sunday Mass.
With light-hearted reflection, Mary Jo enumerates several religious “disorders” that are common in her family. Raising saints can include joy…and humor!
Men, when is the last time you held the door for your wife? Dennis reflects on how courtesy and respect go a long way in marriage.
Times of change occur in every family, and sometimes adjusting to new situations is difficult. Yet, for a family of faith, God is always the one guiding those changes.
Dennis reflects on how the outward signs of nature – winter into spring – can not only reflect the inward attitudes of Lent, but also the “seasonal” changes of marital love.
Mary Jo reflects on the joy she experiences when her grandchildren invite her into their world of play.
”A life lived in relationship with one another and with God will most certainly have its ups and downs, highs and lows.” Dennis reflects on how necessary it is to take time to reflect on our ups and downs in life in order to see where God is present in our lives.
Roses…in December? Mary Jo writes about a family birthday tradition and how it reminds her to allow her children to develop at their own pace, and helps her to believe in their goodness always.
Dennis reflects on fond family memories of Advent, especially the peaceful glow of the Advent candles as the family gathered around the table for dinner and prayers.
As the fall season surrounds us, Mary Jo reflects on the changing seasons of family life and how family members’ actions are called to reflect their love for one another in times of both joy and trial.
Grandchildren are such a blessing! Dennis recounts a special experience he had recently that reminded him of how wonderful it is to be a grandpa.
Sunday is meant to be a day of rest and worship but how many of us actually use it as so? Mary Jo reflects on how Family Sundays have allowed her family to grow in love of family and God.
Great marriages require commitment, work, and often help! Dennis and Mary Jo reflect on how the ministry Teams of Our Lady has been a positive tool and community for their marriage.
As Mary Jo looks at memories from her own family, she reflects on her family as a Domestic Church and the responsibility that comes with a family name.
As family vacation season approaches, Dennis reflects on the memories made at his family’s favorite vacation spot, and on the beauty of creation.
Mary Jo writes about a Lenten exercise her family tried this year – the “Lenten Family Unity Circle” – and how it was unexpectedly fruitful for all.
Caring for your health requires a good diet, exercise, and a yearly check-up. So does caring for your marriage. Dennis reflects on ways to keep his marriage healthy.
One word, many experiences. Love – in a long marriage – takes on many different forms, from wedding day to first child to shared sorrows. An intricate blend, best described in the word “forever.”