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...
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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...
Dear Husband, This stage of life we're in, it's hard huh?! It can be exhausting and sometimes we argue about decisions, specifically- parenting ones. At the end of the day, we both collapse on the couch after putting the kiddos to...
Every year, a group of six (or more) of our friends travel together on a Couples Weekend Getaway. We’ve traveled internationally and to more regional places like Minnesota and Illinois. Here are a few of our tips for planning a...
Remember that one time I made a schedule and then the baby got sick and stopped sleeping and the toddler, who is a very stop-and-smell-the-roses type of child (bless her soul), decided picking flowers was more important than, say,...

In + Around Des Moines

December Family-Friendly Events in Des Moines

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Hooray for the holidays! We’re more than ready for a little Christmas cheer! From drive-through light displays to streaming live theater events, there is...
gifts for busy moms

Holiday Gifts for Busy Moms