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Putting Marriage First
Honoring God's Order Pattern for Family

by Leslie Ludy

Photos by Hannah Elise PhotographyWhen I was pregnant with our first child, Eric and I attended a childbirth education class—an experience I definitely would not want to repeat.


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Keeping Romance Alive
Letting Children Strengthen Your Marriage

by Leslie Ludy

Keeping Romance Alive: This past December, Eric and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. At first glance, it didn’t seem like a very romantic day. The weather was freezing, snow was covering the ground, and it was dark outside well before five p.m. We’d had our two toddlers, Rees and Lily, for only about...


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A Vision for More
Passing on a Heavenly Expectation for Marriage

by Leslie Ludy

A Vision for More: Several years ago, a young woman told me that her mom was trying to convince her never to get married. “She says that marriage only leads to heartache and regret. She doesn’t want me to go through what she did,” the young woman told me. “She said it is better if I just stay...


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Growing Together
Practical Ways to Stay Spiritually Connected with Your Spouse

by Leslie Ludy

Growing Together: When my love story with Eric was unfolding, we had an usual way of spending time together: studying Scripture and reading Christian biographies. In the beginning of our relationship, we’d entrusted our emotions to God, and asked Him to unite our hearts spiritually before we became...


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Purposeful Unity
Putting Marriage Above Kids

by Leslie Ludy

Purposeful Unity: While I was pregnant with our first child, Hudson, Eric and I attended a multi-week child-birth education class (not the most pleasant experience, but that’s another story!) There were about six other. . .