How's your love life going? That's a weird question if you're married. You're knee-deep in laundry. It's 10 p.m. and you forgot your preschooler needs to take snacks tomorrow. Your second grader wants home lunch and you haven't gotten groceries...
Who else loves day dates? My husband and I are intentionally working on finding time and space for dates. With four kids that can be difficult. Sports, Scouts, 4-H, school activities, volunteering make date nights a challenge. This...
My husband doesn’t buy me flowers, and I don’t want them anyway. He loves me, he loves me not... oh, how he loves me. The kind of love he delivers me isn’t a 1-800-FLOWERS type of thing. He sacrifices for me daily...
I love relationship origin stories, but ours tops them all. Because it’s ours. Because it reminds me of how we got to where we are. Of who we were before the 10 years of marriage and three children and...
I was cradling my 5-month-old miracle baby in my arms when I heard our pastor mention an upcoming marriage conference as part of the weekly announcements. I didn’t think much of it as we hopped into the van on...
love and marriage bride and groom making hearts with hands

Love Lessons

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We got married at the ripe old ages of 23 and 24. Like a lot of people, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 was part of the ceremony. Cliché? Yes.   We moved a few years ago and received a print of the...
This past month I celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary. I’ve been with my husband 24 years. We have a 17-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old daughter, and a golden retriever. The years haven’t always been easy, but if someone were to...
Are you in a “dinner and movie” date night rut? With Valentine's Day coming up, many of us are thinking about date ideas to connect with our partners. For Christmas, I gifted my husband with “12 Months of Dates.” I wanted...
As the end of school drew near and my working mama guilt started to increase, I found myself working on our family’s kiddo-focused bucket list. (If you’re interested in creating your own, our monthly guides and this pool guide are great...
Massage Heights Lakepointe Center in Clive has a great Valentine's special for that lucky loved one in your life!   For $99, you can get a 90 minute massage + 3 elevations, or for $114, you can get a 90 minute facial...

In + Around Des Moines

Jenn O’Neal: PepperHarrow Farm

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Des Moines Mom recognizes that moms wear a lot of hats. You are a mom, wife, friend, diaper changer, nose wiper, meal planner, lost...

Amy Hilmes, Happy DSM