21 Lessons from 21 Years of Marriage

Twenty-one years ago I stood at the altar at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and amidst a lot of laughter and in the presence of lots of friends and family, I promised to love and honor Scott Underwood as his wife. Since then we've moved a few times, wrangled a few basset hounds, served a few churches, and even had a few health scares. We spent three years praying for a baby and we've spent just over seventeen years raising our beautiful girl. We've had some ... [Read More]

3 Ways to Invest in Your Marriage

I didn't want to write this post. In fact, I've avoided it for longer than I'd care to admit. But here's the thing, my stomach hurts over this. I have agonized and prayed and wept for hours ... because marriage is seriously under attack! Over the past few years, twenty marriages of people we know have either ended in divorce or come dangerously close. For every year we have been married, the marriage of someone we know has ended. I recently read a popular blogger's explanation for her ... [Read More]

3 Ways to Stay Grounded in Your Marriage {even when it feels like a roller coaster!}

Twenty years ago, Scott and I spent our honeymoon in Orlando. We wandered through the stores on Main Street at Magic Kingdom where we bought a personalized ornament we still hang every year on our Christmas tree. I snapped a photo of Scott with Doc's DeLorean from Back to the Future while we were at Universal. And we stood in the long line more than once for the Tower of Terror at Disney's MGM (now Hollywood) Studios. Can I admit now, twenty years later, I never would have gotten on the ride ... [Read More]

Marriage Prayers, Twenty Years, and Becoming One

We managed to write the full #MarriagePrayers series ... and we still like each other. Today is our twentieth anniversary and I really wanted to write one of those posts that goes viral because it's so funny or heartfelt but the truth is, I'm still trying to figure out how we're even old enough to have been married twenty years. {I mean, when I look in the mirror and see the wrinkles and stretch marks it's clear I'm not that 24-year-old, size 0 girl who walked down the aisle ... but how did we ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: 1 John 4:7

Can you believe it? The last post in our #MarriagePrayers series. Thank you so much for joining us ... we've loved sharing these stories and verses and prayers with you. To those who have shared these posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, we give our deepest thanks. To those who have left comments and sent emails to let us know how the prayers have impacted you, we are humbled and grateful that God would use us. To those who are struggling to find a shred of hope to hang on to in your ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: 1 Peter 1:13

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. — 1 Peter 1:13 ********** We've both mentioned in previous posts about facing infertility. Those were truly some of the hardest days of our lives. We spent countless nights holding each other in the dark as we cried silently, feeling our dreams of a family slipping farther and farther from our grasp. During that time in our ... [Read More]