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Ashley Durand

Ashley Durand

Ashley Durand is a freelance writer, wife and stay-at-home mom. She graduated from Grace College and Theological Seminary with a B.S. in Journalism. She currently lives in Michigan with her husband and baby boy, where she enjoys hiking, sun-soaking and coffee-drinking.

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25 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him or Her

It’s not always easy to find the right gift for your spouse. We’re here to help with a list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him or her. Check it out!

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How to Encourage Your Spouse Out of His or Her Comfort Zone

There are many reasons your spouse may be hesitant to leave the familiar and try something new — even if they really want to.

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Why Marital Counseling Is Helpful — Even When Your Marriage Isn’t in a Crisis

If your marriage isn’t going as well as you had hoped, here are a few reasons that marital counseling may be a good idea — even if you’re not thinking of calling it quits.

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Coping With Your Spouse’s Annoying Habit

After being married for a while, your spouse’s patterns can turn from cute quirks to annoying habits. Figuring out how to cope so that you don’t become highly critical of your spouse is important.

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How To Make ‘Couple’ Friends With Your Spouse

When my husband and I were newlyweds, we longed for “couple” friends. After two big moves, we’ve had a little practice at forming friendships. Here are a few things we’ve learned.

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How To Choose a Church With Your Spouse

Consider the following strategies to learn how to choose a church with your spouse.

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Making Personal Time for God After Marriage

When I was single, I was deeply aware of my need for God. He was the only other Person in my apartment to talk to on quiet evenings. He was the one who gave me peace when I was scared and loved me no matter what. And while those things were still true …

5 Sweet Texts To Send to Your Spouse

Sending sweet texts can be an easy yet powerful way to connect with your spouse during the work week. It communicates that they’re top of mind and that you want to be part of their day.

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Finding Strength in Your Differences

If you find yourself married to your opposite, rejoice! You have access to a whole new set of skills and strengths that can make life a whole lot more well-rounded.

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Loving Your Husband Post Miscarriage

Your husband may not grieve the same way as you after losing a baby. Here are some tips for loving him post miscarriage.

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5 Ways to Love Your Wife After a Miscarriage

Losing a child, even before they’re born, is truly tragic. But after a miscarriage, you can love your wife well through the pain, and your marriage will likely grow deeper and your faith can grow stronger.

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Going on a Romantic Date with a Baby in Tow

If you don’t have anyone to watch your baby when on a romantic date with each other, don’t give up — all you need is a little creativity and intentionality.

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Sex After Having a Baby

Your honeymoon phase doesn’t have to end the minute your baby is born. You can still have fun and exciting sex after having a baby.

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You Don’t Have to Divorce Because Your Parents Did

Divorce may be common in your family, but there’s good news: You can break the cycle.

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Is TV Ruining Your Marriage?

There’s nothing wrong with watching TV together, but if that’s all you do, you’re missing out and your marriage may never reach its potential.

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Major Turn-Offs to Intimacy

Couples in sexless marriages are missing out on an important and beautiful part of marriage. Many factors are involved, but sometimes, the solution is just avoiding your spouse’s major turn-offs.