480: LEAVING THE TOILET SEAT UP

“Marriage is two people in love standing in the same bathroom.” Austin Kleon

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It should come as no surprise that the fastest growing room in homes being built in America today is the master bathroom. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders have cited a new “must” for many home buyers: a his and hers master bath.

In what has been an unsightly, yet needed room in each house, couples encounter all kinds of tension surrounding bathroom logistics.

479: OUR MARRIAGE VOWS PART 1 — I TAKE YOU

“People with good intentions make promises. People with good character keep them.” —Anonymous

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In the series “Our Marriage Vows” we are stripping away all of the circumstantial topics that get put onto marriages, and diving deep into the core of what marriage is. Maybe you’re like Alisa who, on her wedding day, said her vows as a formality — because she was excited to get to the good stuff — the party. What she has realized and wishes she knew then was the vows WERE the “good stuff”.

In Part 1 – “I Take You”, we focus on how the words we speak in our vows are a covenant predicated upon two names: yours and your spouse’s. No one, and nothing else is listed on the covenant. We get into trouble as we go through years of marriage and add in other activities, people, and relationships. The only one you vowed before God to be committed to is your spouse.

478: DEEPEN YOUR SEXUAL CONNECTION

“When we avoid challenging conversations we trade short term discomfort for long term dysfunction.” —Anonymous

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Even after 11 years of doing the Intimacy Lifestyle, and talking about sex arguably more than anyone else, even we can struggle to have those tough conversations around sex. The reality is that sex is an incredibly intimate experience and this results in vulnerability and potential hurt.

Recently particular circumstances around sex, in particular how Alisa was connecting during sex, left Tony feeling frustrated about how to bring up changing things up.

DS 115: What’s Next?

Today is the last day of Daily Steps. We’ve enjoyed partnering with you and having you part of the ONE family.

Over the last 9 years we have shared about sex, love and commitment on the ONE Extraordinary Marriage Show. Come join us each week for all things marriage and more.

Love you guys.