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The Perspective Check

By Francine & Byron Pirola | January 8, 2021

When we reflect on our life, two things stand out as needing a reset: resentment and stress. Both of these undermine our relationship.

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Christmas Crazies!

By Francine & Byron Pirola | December 18, 2020

If there is one thing that takes the edge off our Christmas joy, it’s the pressure of the consumer culture to give better, more unique,…

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Joyfully Married…Sometimes

By Francine & Byron Pirola | December 11, 2020

Advent is a season of penance in preparation for the Lord’s coming; not the first coming which we celebrate on Christmas Day (his birthday), but…

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Intentional Relationship

By Francine & Byron Pirola | December 3, 2020

No matter how easy it is to fall in love, staying in love requires attention and effort. Most people drift into love, marriage and family…

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The Names we use Matter

By Francine & Byron Pirola | November 27, 2020

Our second granddaughter finally has a name. Born over a month ago, her parents took their sweet, merry time before committing it to official record.…

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No Jerks Allowed!

By Francine & Byron Pirola | November 5, 2020

Quiz people about the qualities that make a lousy spouse and things emerge like being a liar, secretive, disrespectful, selfish, temper prone, unforgiving. Yet, if…

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Habit Makers, Habit Breakers

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 30, 2020

Lately, we’ve slipped into a not-so-good habit. After dinner, and after all the normal stuff is done, we collapse onto the couch in front of…

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Burn the Boats

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 23, 2020

A recent analysis of modern day wedding vows reveal around a third of couples shunning the traditional commitment for life. According to the results, 34%…

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Knowing what to love

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 16, 2020

You can’t love what you don’t know. This saying has profoundly influenced our marriage and our faith. About once a decade we book tickets to…

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Change Reaction

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 9, 2020

It’s easy to see how couples get stuck when ‘being right’ has become a habit. Clinging to our ‘right to be right’ is like gangrene in a relationship….

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Marriage Lessons from a Dog Trainer 

By Francine & Byron Pirola | October 2, 2020

A few months ago, our young Australian Shepherd went to doggie boot camp. Over five weeks she was trained by professional dog-handlers to walk calmly, socialise nicely and keep her…

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Wedding Stress Tamed!

By Francine & Byron Pirola | September 30, 2020

Planning a wedding is busy and stressful. There’s lots to think about and lots of factors to consider in every decision: the budget, the aesthetic, and the cost-benefit.   The practical reality of…

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Commitment

By Francine & Byron Pirola | September 24, 2020

In his book, ‘The Power of Commitment‘, Scott Stanley (USA) provides some very useful insights into the nature of commitment. He identifies two types of…

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Pandemic Weddings – Keeping our Eye on What Matters 

By Francine & Byron Pirola | September 18, 2020

For those who had a wedding planned this year, the disruption imposed by Covid19 has created all sorts of complications, frustration and additional expense.  Last week, a young man from…

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SmartLoving Keys

By Francine & Byron Pirola | September 10, 2020

On a mission to love… Every couple wants to avoid divorce and get along without too many fights. A successful marriage however, is much more…

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