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Love and Respect Marriage Conference – Part 1

Where is your marriage at? The pits? A step away from separation? Doing fine? Doing great? Over-the-top-fantastic?

In a counseling course Steve and I took last year, the instructor encouraged every married couple to attend marriage enrichment conferences on a regular basis—every year if possible. That challenged Steve and me because we so cherish occasional opportunities to get away alone together. We didn’t know if we wanted to share that time with sitting in sessions in a conference, but we began considering it.

We knew there was always something we could learn that would make our marriage even better. We also are on the lookout for resources for those who come to us with marriage problems, and there was also the possibility that if we went to a marriage retreat or conference it would be an encouragement for our married children to do the same.

I had a friend who read Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, and she told me how much she liked it (that’s Titus2’s affiliate link to Amazon, see our disclosure policy here). We had that book in our house, so I started to read it. I thought it was great, and then Steve and I started reading it together at night.

My friend later told me she had looked into a live marriage conference by Dr. Eggerichs, but they were too far away from her. Since I had liked the book, I decided to check in to the conferences too. Sure enough, in Denver, just 8 hours away, was a live conference the middle of February.

Steve and I gift each other with a night away for Mother’s and Father’s Day so we decided to make this trip our 2017 gifts. 

We drove to Denver Thursday afternoon, February 16th, attended the conference Friday evening and Saturday morning and drove home on Sunday. That gave us 16 hours of talking time while we drove, the conference itself, plus time before and after it to enjoy being together away from home.

In another post, I will give a report on the conference itself.

Trusting in Jesus,

“Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be
to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”
Ephesians 5:24-25

Hope for the Hopeless

I think the following story illustrates the great need for the information Managers of Their Homes and Managers of Their Chores contains. I was that struggling mom from this story at one time, trying to keep up and totally discouraged by it all. These books not only give hope to moms through direction and instruction, but they work in the real-life trenches of being a mommy.

“My name is Ryan. My husband and I have been married for nearly 10 years. For all 10 years, I have not been the best in the housewife department. When our three kids (who are homeschooled) came along, the house fell in disarray. I have cried and tried my best. I prayed for guidance because clearly I was missing something. After 10 years of looking, crying and praying I think I have found the guidance I have been longing for in your Managers books.

I have attempted to put together many schedules over the years, but they never work past the third week. I am just in awe I have finally found what I have looked for for so many years.

My mom was a single parent who worked many jobs. I had no idea or training on how to do the mom/housewife thing. I was pretty depressed recently over it. I prayed to God for help and guidance.

Then today while doing my online grocery shopping I saw I had a free pass for an audible book by Michael Duggar. In that book she mentioned y’all. I paused the book, looked up the website and read … then cried. I cannot tell you grateful I am.”

The end of Ryan’s story isn’t yet written, but I am confident there’s going to be a transformation in this young mommy’s life, in her family’s lives, and in her home. I am as excited as she is for the next chapter to be written.

Trusting in Jesus,

“But I will hope continually,
and will yet praise thee more and more.”
Psalm 71:14

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“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law,
which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love
the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep
his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve
him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Joshua 22:5

Rereading the Managers Books

losefrustration-1Many of you have one or more of the Manager books (Managers of Their Homes, Managers of Their Chores, and Managers of Their Schools). Could I encourage you to pull them off your bookshelf and reread them? Here is what a mom recently wrote, and as she shared, I could see how beneficial it would be to reread the books regularly.

Trusting in Jesus,

I reread all of the Manager books each year. The reason I read each book every year is because life changes, and I can find new ideas to fit with our current needs at the time!

“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
1 Corinthians 14:40

Homeschool Report Cards

sunflower-fill-in-report-cardAs homeschoolers, you may not have thought twice (or even once!) at the idea of giving your children report cards. Why would they be necessary? I suggest you read my mom’s article (January Mom’s Corner) called Seven Important Reasons Why Homeschoolers Should Give Report Cards. After that, stop by our report card page and pick out what report card you want to use. We have customizable options!

Here’s the beginning of her article, but then please go to the link to finish reading.

Do you remember being in school and having your report card handed to you? How did you feel as you looked at it? Were you excited? Anxious? Did you open it then or wait until you were alone? What was it like taking it home and showing it to your parents? Did you want to hide it, or were you proud of it?

When I was growing up, report card day was a momentous event at home. We received a quarter for each “B” and a dollar for each “A.” If the report cards were good, we had a special family dessert – chocolate sauce over pound cake. I only remember my sister and me bringing home good report cards. Yay!

As homeschool families are there any reasons why we would give report cards to our children? They place an added burden on Mom to create extra time and effort to track the information that would be needed to compile report cards. Sometimes as homeschoolers we feel like we want to leave behind what we saw as the institutionalized part of education. Do report cards fall into that category? As a homeschool family for 30 years, we would encourage you that report cards play an important role in home education.


It is necessary for homeschool moms to be diligent about accomplishing homeschooling. The education of their children falls squarely on their shoulders. Planning to give quarterly report cards should motivate Mom to make sure daily and weekly school is happening so that she has data from her students to be entered into the report card. It is very difficult to generate a report card if school time has been lacking.

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“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:
teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”
Proverbs 9:9

Teaching Children Time Management

I wanted to share an e-mail I received from a mom who is seeing fruit from her scheduling through the years. Her thoughts about teaching children time management versus financial management were very insightful.

Trusting in Jesus,

Time management is important!
Time management is important!

I had a quick thought I wanted to share with you regarding scheduling. (By the way, we have been CONSISTENTLY successfully running schedules now for over a year. We have taken off for a week break for a couple of times in between semesters, and everyone has always requested that we get back on as soon as possible! WIN!!!)

Here’s the thought:

I have concluded, after having older children now and seeing them function in the adult world, that teaching them to manage their TIME is even more important than teaching them to manage their money or budgeting. Why? Because you can always make more money, but NO ONE can make MORE TIME. We are all given the same amount of time as a gift, to spend wisely or to squander.

I am really starting to see the fruits of teaching my children scheduling throughout their lives. Even though we had a season of life where we fell off, the foundation I had already laid for them through our scheduling when they were younger, paid off. Thanks to your mentoring, I have been able to reel us all back in after that bumpy season, and now the youngers are finally benefiting.

It has also been refreshing to re-read some Titus2 materials and recharge my techniques now that managing my family has become a little more complicated due to various ages and needs.

I just thought you might like to know. Obviously, Titus2 is going to continue to help the next generation and beyond. We appreciate you, and your adherence to Scripture, very much!


“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
1 Peter 4:10