EP// 122: Marks of a Successful Marriage, Part 2

Replacing negative feelings toward our spouse with positive ones is possible! In part 2 of 4 episodes, we discuss the role of attunement in successful marriages. Discussed in this episode: – Planting a new tree with a positive attitude. – Negative and Positive Sentiment Override. – Gifting a Private Marriage Retreat to your adult married […]

EP// 121: Marks of a Successful Marriage, Part 1

Do you know of couples who just make marriage look easy? In part 1 of 4 episodes, we begin a discussion on the marks of a successful marriage. Discussed in this episode: – Are happy couples faking it? – Gift a marriage intensive to a couple who needs.  www.themarriageadventure.com/support – Gottman research shows that happy couples […]

EP//120: The Thankful Marriage

Comparison makes us miserable, while thankfulness leads to joy. In today’s episode, we discuss how to develop a grateful heart this Thanksgiving.  Discussed in this episode: – The “bat man.” – Adjust your focus. – The Law of Happiness by Dr. Henry Cloud – The 10% bump. – “Thanksgiving Fun Facts” – “Comparison is the […]

EP//119: The Holiday Conversation

Let’s face it. The holiday season can be stressful! In today’s episode, we discuss what makes the stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas so difficult and how to approach it in your marriage.  Discussed in today’s episode: – The Instant Pot Christmas gift. – Life in a pressure cooker. – Americans average  spending almost $1000 on […]

EP//118: The “Get Back” Coach

Most football teams have a person designated to keep the players and coaches off the field during games. In today’s episode, we discuss the importance of having a “get back” coach in your life. In today’s episode: -Kirby Smart’s Get Back Coach –The Art of the Get Back Coach –“Do You Know YourGen Z Slang?” […]

EP//117: Digitally Distracted Marriage

We live in an age of an exponential explosion of technology. Today, we’re discussing how it distracts us from relationships and what we can do about it. Discussed in today’s episode: -All things fall and football! –80% agree that technoference is a societal problem. -62% agree it’s a problem in their family. –Marriage Adventure Private […]

EP//116: Israel & My Marriage

We have been heartbroken watching the images coming out of Israel following the October 7th attack by Hamas. In today’s episode, we discuss what’s happening in Israel and how it relates to the marriage relationship. Discussed in today’s episode: -Israel is the same people group from the Bible. -The church has not replaced Israel. -Are […]

EP//115: Front Porch Devotions

Is the Bible still relevant for daily living? In today’s episode, we share how God’s word came alive for our family through a recent miracle. In today’s episode: – Cool weather and front porch devotions. – God still heals! – Daily investments of God’s word will begin to pay off. – Vulnerability with our kids. […]

EP//114: How To Change My Spouse

Where do we start when we see our spouse is not living as their best self and affecting our marriage, children, and the people around them? In today’s episode, we discuss the power of prayer to change our spouse’s heart. Discussed in today’s episode: – Things I want to change about my spouse. – Get […]

EP// 113: Free To Be Me

In a healthy relationship, both people are free to fully be themselves and express themselves. In today’s podcast, we discuss how to encourage each other to live in our God-given “voices.” In today’s episode: – Interdependence vs codependency – Gen Z Slang – What makes you uniquely “you” – The 5 Voices Assessment – Guardian, […]

EP//112: It’s Not Fair!

In marriage, it’s common to feel like some things aren’t fair. In today’s episode, we discuss keeping score in marriage and what’s really behind “fair.” In today’s episode: – The kids keep score of chores. – What I am really saying when I say, “It’s not fair!” – Marriage Rescue Intensive – Luke 9:23-27 – […]

EP// 111: Reviving a Dead Marriage

If God can revive a nation that has been scattered and bring them back into their land after almost two thousand years, can He revive your dead marriage? In today’s episode, we parallel God’s faithfulness to keep His promise to a nation and to us. In today’s episode: – Family devotions. – Israel’s rebirth as […]

EP// 110: Internal Vs External Processors

Do you “think to speak” or “speak to think?” On today’s episode, we discuss the difference between the tendency to process internally or externally.  In this episode: – The Marriage Adventure Private Retreats – Good communication doesn’t mean no conflict. – Organizing thoughts aloud. – James 1:19, listening before you speak. – Proverbs 18:13 – […]

EP// 109: Rebuilding Trust

Building trust in a relationship takes time, yet it can be lost in a moment. In today’s episode, we discuss the process of rebuilding broken trust. Discussed in today’s episode: – Repairing a broken arm. – Gifting trust vs starting at a deficit. – “Do You Know Your Gen Z Slang?” – Deal thoroughly with […]

EP//108: Know Your Enemy

In marital conflict, many times we allow ourselves to believe that our spouse is the enemy. However, if we dig a little deeper, we’ll see that there’s an enemy that’s way more deceptive and evil. This is why we must know our enemy! In today’s episode: -Bonnie vs the bugs –“I can’t win a war […]

EP//107: The Shame/Blame Game

It’s often difficult to take responsibility when we’re in the middle of marital conflict. In today’s episode, we discuss the tendency to choose shaming ourselves or blaming others.  In today’s episode: – What just happened?? –Raising Emotionally Strong Boys: Tools Your Son Can Build on For Life by David Thomas –Marriage Adventure Weekend at Simple […]

EP//106: Greg & Julie Gormon Interview

Having discovered their own purpose, they now have a passion to teach and inspire other couples to live purpose-focused, rather than problem-focused. In today’s episode, we interview John Maxwell certified Coaches, teachers, and authors, Greg & Julie Gormon. In today’s episode: -A couple on mission. -Lightning Round with Greg & Julie. -Fighting passionately daily. -Change […]

EP//105: How I See Me

The world places an emphasis on self-esteem. In today’s episode, we discuss how having a proper view of ourselves through God’s eyes will affect our marriage relationship. In today’s episode: -What do you see in the mirror? -Stupid Fun Facts -How I view myself affects how I treat others. -Self-esteem vs God’s view. -Improper view […]

EP//104: How I See You

The lens we view our spouse through will affect how we treat them. In today’s episode, we ask, “What if I could see my spouse through God’s eyes?” In this episode: -Scratched glasses. -Rose-colored glasses. –Reset Intensives. -We are “image-bearers.” –Genesis 1:26-27 – How to Worship a King, by Zach Neese – 1 Cor. 6:9-11 -How would […]

EP//103: Avoiding The Drift

When we’re newlyweds, staying connected is easy, but the longer we’re married the more difficult it is to stay connected. In today’s episode, we discuss how to avoid drifting apart as you navigate life. In today’s episode: – Kayaking -Snackelbox – “Do you know your 80s?” – Be intentional to pursue each other – Keep […]

EP//102: Empowered to Love

“Til death do us part” is a long time. In today’s episode we discuss how it’s possible to sustain love over a lifetime. In today’s episode: -The death of a bean bush. -Sustaining love over a lifetime. –Rescue & Reset Intensives. -Connected to the vine. –John 15:5 -Exchanging my life for Christ’s. -Abide with Christ. […]

EP//101: Loving Through Quality Time

Does your spouse need undivided attention to feel like you’re connected? In today’s episode, we wrap up our series on the 5 Love Languages by discussing Quality Time. In today’s episode: -Love Languages by State. -Defining “quality time.” -Understanding “south GA” accents. -Jesus modeled Quality Time. –Luke 5:16 –Mark 1:35 -Establish eye contact. -Be interested […]

EP//100: Episode 100 & A Big Announcement

-It’s our 100th episode! Wow, time flies! On today’s episode, we’ll look back at lessons we’ve learned over the past three years. We also have a HUGE announcement about exciting things happening at THE MARRIAGE ADVENTURE. Discussed in today’s episode: – Things that turn 100 this year. – Lessons God taught us over the past […]

EP// 99: Loving Through Touch

Does your spouse want to hold hands in public, sit close, and cuddle on the couch? Their love language is likely physical touch. In today’s episode, we discuss how to speak love through touch. In today’s episode: – Colby needs a bigger chair. – The Marriage Adventure Challenge – Loving through physical touch. – Jesus […]

EP//98: Loving Through Gifts

Can a thoughtful gift really express love to your spouse? In today’s episode, we discuss practical ways to speak the “love language” of gifts.  Discussed in today’s episode: – A stop at Daniel’s parents’ house for Easter. – Bonnie’s hard to buy for. – It’s the thought that counts. – A thoughtful gift shows you […]

EP//97: Loving Through Service

If your spouse feels loved when you vacuum the floors, their love language may be Acts of Service. In today’s episode, we discuss practical ways you show your spouse love as you serve them. In today’s episode: – A garden fence and a windmill. – Acts of service – “Seriously Funny Dad Jokes” – Actions […]

EP//96: Loving Through Words

Words can build up or cut to the quick. In today’s episode, we discuss how to encourage a spouse whose primary love language is words of affirmation. Discussed in today’s episode: – Daniel’s 50th birthday! – The Braves are back. – The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman – Words of affirmation. – Do […]

EP//95: Loving Like Jesus

Jesus went to extremes to make His love known for us. In today’s episode, we discuss what it could look  like if we love each other like Jesus loved us. Discussed in today’s episode: – Dogwood trees. – Passion week. – Premarital Workshop April 22, 2023. Register at: http://www.northstarchurch.org/premarital – Jesus went to great lengths […]

Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond By Bonnie Hoover The kids had gone to bed, and I was making one last sweep of the kitchen to ensure it was all tidied up before ending my day. It only took a few extra minutes, so I went ahead and got the coffee ready for one touch of a button […]

EP// 94: The Extra Mile

Doing more than is expected, going above and beyond, seems like an odd concept in today’s world. In this episode, we discuss what it means to go the extra mile in our marriage relationship. Discussed in this episode: – Laying sod with a great attitude. – Doing the bare minimum. -Bonnie breaks the 4th wall!!! […]

Made for More

Made for More By Bonnie Hoover Wake up, work out, eat breakfast, drop the kids off at school, head to work, pick up the kids, oversee homework, eat dinner in the car, dance, and baseball practice, and head home for showers and bed. Sleep, wake up, repeat. Do you ever feel like your life is […]

EP//93: Mitigating the Mundane

theDiscussed in today’s episode: – Prepping taxes. – Living for the weekend…that’s even more busy. – The Marriage Adventure Challenge – We can’t escape responsibilities but we can mitigate the mundane. – The mundane ceases to be mundane if it has purpose. – Live on mission. – Matthew 28:19-2o – Proverbs 19:21 – Go against […]

Making Room for Growth

Making Room for Growth By Bonnie Hoover One sunny afternoon in February, just as tiny buds were beginning to swell on the branches, I spent several hours meticulously cutting back growth from my peach trees. I clipped the water sprouts and the hundreds of small shoots crowning the top of the trees. I cut out […]

EP//92: Pruning

Pruning back plants is a concept that all farmers, gardeners, and vinedressers understand. In this week’s episode, we’ll take this concept and apply it to our marriage relationship. Discussed in today’s episode: –Pruning the trees on the farm. – “Fun Facts” – Why do we prune? –Philippians 3:13-14 – What do you need to clip […]

EP//91: Seasons, Part 2

What happens when you and your spouse are walking through different seasons? In today’s episode, part 2 of 2, we discuss helping our spouse walk through a difficult season. Discussed in today’s episode: – Planting and baseball! – “Do You Know Your 80’s?” – Recognize the season. – Start with empathy. – Stay tethered to […]

Spring is Coming!

Spring is Coming! By Bonnie Hoover Cold, rainy winter days feel like a wet blanket on my soul, and it’s been raining where we are for three months straight. Seattle folks might scoff at the plight of this south Georgia girl, but the dreariness is real. Two weeks ago, for the first time in a […]

EP//90: Seasons, Part 1

The changing of seasons can bring both blessings and challenges. In today’s episode, we discuss what it looks like to recognize and navigate marriage when walking through a new season.  Discussed in this episode: – Seasons in Georgia. – Bonnie’s from the South! – “Stupid Fun Facts” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 – Common seasons. – Recognizing […]

EP//89: No Record of Wrongs

In marriage, we will inevitably disappoint or wound each other. In today’s episode, we discuss how to handle offenses and move forward in forgiveness.  In this episode: – Poor Colby! – “Do You Know Your 80’s?” – The blame game. – Is shame wrong? – The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis – Psalm 51 – […]

What’s Your Favorite Chocolate?

What’s Your Favorite Chocolate? By Bonnie Hoover I find myself in the minority of women when I admit that I’ve never really been a fan of Valentine’s Day. I’m sure you’re wondering why I wouldn’t be interested in a day devoted to romance, love, and chocolate. I have my reasons. Maybe I’m too practical, cheap, […]

EP//88: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is typically marked by cards, flowers, candy, and date night. In today’s episode, we discuss other ways you and your spouse may prefer to express your love for each other. In today’s episode: -Valentine’s fun facts. -Why Bonnie’s not a fan of Valentine’s Day. -We all show and feel love differently. –The 5 […]

EP//87: Triangles

Why do we get along great until we add one more thing? In today’s episode, we discuss the “goods” and “bads” of  emotional triangulation. In Today’s Episode: -Sammy gets jealous. -Do you know your 80’s? -Emotional Triangulation -Shifting focus to another point on the triangle for avoidance. –Ecclesiastes 4:12 -Healthy triangulation with Christ. -Flattening the […]

EP//86: Be the Hunter

What does winning a College Football National Championship have to do with winning in marriage? In today’s episode, we discuss going on the offensive when your marriage is being hunted by a very real enemy. -Winning the Natty -Hope you like sports analogies –The Marriage Adventure: Finding Mission for Your Marriage Couples Guide -Aggression –1 […]

EP//85: A New Adventure

Do you need hope in this new year? Join us in this episode as we share the big God story behind the journey we’ve been on leading us to a new Adventure! – A three-legged stool. – A book, a podcast, and a farm. – Discontent and discouraged. – A free pond? – A friend […]

EP//84: Are You Pleasant?

Have you ever noticed how some people seem naturally easier to get along with than others? In today’s episode, we discuss what a “pleasing” personality can bring to a marriage relationship. – Welcome Stormy to the farm. – Private Marriage Retreats. – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – “Catching more […]

EP//83: The Invitation, Interview with Bethann Miller & Amy Velarde

Ever wish you had a clear-cut pathway to address some of the issues that cause you to feel disconnected from your spouse? There’s a book for that! In today’s episode, we interview Bethann Miller & Amy Velarde about their new book The Invitation: Keys to Strengthen your Marriage.  Discussed in this episode: – Married to […]

EP//82: Are You Organized?

Are you meticulous while your spouse is a little messy? In today’s episode, we discuss managing personality differences in your relationship when your organizational skills don’t quite match up. Discussed in today’s episode: – Fall football and clothes sorting – Planner/organizer – Two sides to each personality – “Bearing with” one another –  Colossians 3:12-13 – […]

EP//81: Are You Social?

One likes to go out, while the other prefers time at home. In today’s episode, we discuss how preferences for social interaction affect relationships. Discussed in this episode: -Bonnie hates people. -Companion planting -Would you rather? -How are you refueled? -Created uniquely –Psalm 139:13-15 -Leaning into our differences -Purchase the book and couple’s guide! The […]

EP//80: Marriage 101- The Meaning of Marriage

Is there a deeper meaning of marriage than you think? In today’s episode, we discuss principles from Ephesians 5 and why they matter in our marriage. -Goodbye Clover –Ephesians 5:21-33 -Mutual submission –Ephesians 2:1-9 -Before and after Christ –Galatians 5:22-23 -Being the hands and feet of Christ -Who benefits? -Purchase the book and couple’s guide! […]

EP//79: Letting Them Launch

We love, protect, provide for, and nurture them for 18-plus years, only to give them away to someone else. In today’s episode, we discuss the call to empower our adult children to leave us to form their new family. Discussed in this episode: -Parenting is stewardship, not ownership. -Seriously Funny Dad Jokes -Setting them up […]

Tricky Transition

Tricky Transition by Bonnie Hoover “I don’t feel like I’m losing a daughter but gaining a son.” We often hear this lovely sentiment from the bride’s parents as they speak fondly of their future son-in-law. With all the excitement and joy surrounding an upcoming wedding, knowing your new spouse will fit in with your family […]

EP//78: Marriage 101, Leave & Cleave

Getting married is exciting, but the process of leaving our family to become one with a stranger is not as easy as it may seem. In today’s episode, we discuss the Biblical concept of “leaving and cleaving.” Discussed in this episode: -Summer weddings. – “Things I Never Said Before Having Kids” – Genesis 2:23-24 – […]

Unexpected Detour

Unexpected Detour Marriage is messy, and “til death do us part” is a long time. We rarely know what sharp curves and pitfalls we’ll encounter when we begin our Marriage Adventure. We hope that taking the scenic route means quaint country roads with spectacular views and sunsets. But, if we stay on the journey long […]

EP//77: The Road to Recovery, Interview with Josh & Kristy Webb

Loving your spouse in health isn’t always easy. But, what if you had to walk with your spouse through a prolonged illness or a devastating trauma? In today’s episode, we talk with Josh and Kristy Webb about their journey together on the road to recovering from a brain tumor. Discussed in today’s episode: – Bonnie’s […]

What Came Next Was a Bit of a Blur

What Came Next Was a Bit of a Blur By Bonnie Hoover It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon, one I had been anticipating since parking my mower back in late November. The sky was clear blue, and the wind blowing through my hair was exhilarating as I whipped around cutting grass on my Zero Turn […]

EP//76: In Sickness and In Health

Marriage vows are a blind covenant two people make to weather the highs and lows of the rest of their lives together. In today’s episode, we discuss caring for each other when sickness or tragedy steals one spouse’s health. Discussed in this episode: – Accident on a Zero Turn mower – Marriage is a blind […]

This is Love

This is Love By Bonnie Hoover “I never knew what real love was until I looked in the face of my newborn baby.” Have you ever heard someone say this about their child? Maybe you’ve said it yourself. What a funny thing to say about a person who has barely drawn air for a full […]

EP//75: Staying Connected, Part 4: Love

Can I really trust my heart when it comes to love? Today, we wrap up a 4 part series as we talk about the source of genuine connection with our spouse, love.  Discussed in today’s episode: – “Love is love.” – The heart is deceitful. – Jeremiah 17:9 – “Seriously Funny Dad Jokes” – 1 […]

Becoming One Flesh

Becoming “One Flesh” By Daniel & Bonnie Hoover Of all the ways we connect with our spouse, the intimate bond that is formed between a husband and wife during sex may be the most fascinating! In His love for us, God allows us to experience both physical and emotional ecstasy together. He actually designed us […]

EP//74: Staying Connected, Part 3: Physical

A healthy friendship and emotional intimacy create a foundational bond for an even deeper connection in marriage- sex! In today’s episode, part 3 of 4, we discuss physically staying connected to our spouse. Discussed in today’s episode: – Married Sex by Gary Thomas – Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together, Mark […]

Connection is Costly

Connection is Costly By Bonnie Hoover It happened on mile 3 of our 5-mile hike down from an overnight stay at the Len Foote Hike Inn. The kids walked ahead while Daniel and I lagged behind, enjoying the crisp mountain air. Daniel reached out and grabbed my hand as we talked about what a fun […]

EP//73: Staying Connected, Part 2: Emotions

Friendship is foundational, but it should lead to a deeper connection between husband and wife. In today’s episode, Part 2 of 4, we discuss the ingredients and barriers to emotional connection in marriage. Discussed in today’s episode: – Len Foote Hike Inn – “Seriously Funny Dad Jokes” – Genesis 2:18a, 24-25 – Prov. 31:10 – […]

Daily, Weekly, Monthly…

Daily, Weekly, Monthly… By Daniel & Bonnie Hoover Several years ago, I (Daniel) received a phone call from one of my best friends. At the time, he was single and was on a business trip to Colorado. While there, he took a trip to the top of the Rocky Mountains. As I picked up the […]

EP//72: Staying Connected, Part 1: Friendship

Research has shown that couples who have a great friendship experience a higher percentage overall of marital satisfaction. In today’s episode, Part 1 of 4, we discuss the vital role friendship plays in staying connected to your spouse.  Discussed in today’s episode: – “Man’s best friend.” – It is not good that the man should […]

Beyond Expectations

Beyond Expectations By Bonnie Hoover Typically I wouldn’t say I like surprises. You see, I’m a planner and don’t enjoy things being sprung on me at the last minute. However, I have come to love birthday surprises when my hubby is planning them! Daniel is the king of planning and keeping fun secrets on special […]

EP//71: What Did You Expect?

Most of us get married with desires for what “happily ever after” will look like. In today’s episode, we discuss what happens when our desires turn into expectations and demands that become a heavy burden on our spouse. Discussed in today’s episode: – Zero Turn mower, raised bed garden, and a birthday getaway. – “Something […]

Good Fences

Good Fences Early in our marriage, I felt something was missing. It wasn’t money, a big house, or children, though we didn’t have those either. No, it was something a bit more straightforward. I wanted a puppy. After much begging, Daniel finally agreed to get me a miniature dachshund, and we named her Maggie. I […]

EP//70: Protecting Your Marriage, Part 2

Good fences are designed to keep predators out and keep the things you love safe. In today’s part 2 of 2 episodes, we discuss things to DO to protect your marriage from a very real enemy.  Discussed in today’s episode: – Good fences. – “Seriously Funny Dad Jokes.” – Conflict resolution. – Forgiveness and the […]

Sounding the Alarm

Sounding the Alarm “It doesn’t even seem sporting. I pretty much sit on the porch and pick the deer off from there. It’s almost like shooting fish in a barrel,” he said. I remember the previous owner’s words to us from across the table at our house closing. I sat in silence, staring across our […]

EP//69: Protecting Your Marriage, Part 1

Marriage is tough! It may surprise you to know one of the reasons why. In today’s part 1 of 2 episodes, we discuss things NOT to do to help protect your marriage.  Discussed in today’s episode: – A roaring lion. – 1 Peter 5:8-9 – Catch the Little Foxes- Song of Songs 2:15 – Pursuing […]

Tweaking the Recipe

Tweaking the Recipe A couple of weeks ago, our twelve-year-old daughter had a friend over to hang out on New Year’s Eve. We usually do something fun as a family on the final night of the year. But this year, three of the four of us had plans to sit and yell at our TV, […]

EP//68: Good vs Great

The new year is a great time to evaluate our personal financial, fitness, work, spiritual, and recreational goals. But do we take the time to take inventory of the relationships in our lives? In today’s episode, we discuss the importance of investing in our marriage and family in 2022. Discussed in today’s episode: -New Year, […]

EP//67: Famous Last Words

If the last words you spoke to your spouse, children, or someone else in your life today were the last they ever heard from you, what would they remember? In today’s episode, we discuss the power of words and how we can use them wisely.  Discussed in today’s episode: – Car line last words. – […]

EP//66: Two Are Better Than One

There will inevitably be seasons of marriage that one spouse will need to lean on the other more than usual.  In today’s episode, we talk about 7 times your spouse will most need your support.  Discussed in today’s episode: –Prepare/Enrich- Couple Checkup -Eccl. 4:9-12 –The Marriage Adventure: Discovering Mission for Your Marriage -Grief -Overwhelmed -“How […]

EP//65: COVID, Kidney Stones, Concussions, and the Keys

Covid, Kidney Stone, Concussions, the Keys.  Welcome to our last two months! When life presses in, and you need to get away to reconnect with your spouse, what does that time look like? In today’s episode, we discuss how to leave your getaway refocused and rejuvenated.  Discussed in today’s episode: – Covid, Kidney Stone, Concussions, […]

EP//64: Marital Rat Poison

College football legend, Coach Nick Saban, has said that for players to believe all the good things the press writes about them is like taking rat poison. In today’s episode, we discuss some seemingly good things in our marriage that can become like poison for our relationship. Discussed in today’s episode: – Fall football! – […]

EP//63: Navigating Change

Change is HARD…for some people, for other people, they embrace it!  What happens when one spouse loves change, and the other spouse hates change? In today’s episode, we’ll let you in on a little “real life” issue we faced recently when it came to change. We also talk about the lessons we learned. Discussed in […]

EP//62: The Ideal Team Player, Part 2

How can being “Humble, Hungry, and Smart” lead to a better relationship? In part two of two episodes, we discuss how having a hunger to invest in your marriage and being smart in how you relate to your spouse can strengthen your relationship. Discussed in today’s episode: -Hungry all the time. -Seriously Funny Dad Jokes […]

EP//61: The Ideal Team Player, Part 1

To be an ideal team player that an organization will value, Patrick Lencioni says you need to possess three virtues outlined in his book, Ideal Team Player. Can these help you work better with your spouse if you have them? In part one of two episodes, we dig into the first virtue and how it […]

Give Away, Throw Away, and Save

Give Away, Throw Away, and Save By Bonnie Hoover I was recently sorting through a bunch of old stuff, getting ready to make a move from one house to another. I am not a packrat, by any stretch of the imagination. If I haven’t used something in over two years, chances are I don’t need […]

EP//60: Interview with Kevin & Marcia Myers: The Second Happy

Can an unhappy marriage really get back to being happy? Can it be truly and authentically happy–even better than it was at first? In today’s episode, we interview Kevin & Marcia Meyers about their new book, The Second Happy: Seven Practice to Make Your Marriage Better Than Your Honeymoon. Kevin is the Pastor of 12Stone […]

EP//59: Before You Split, Interview with Toni Nieuwhof

What would it take to leave your unhappiness behind instead of your spouse? In today’s episode, author, speaker, and podcast co-host, Toni Nieuwhof shares insights from her new book, Before You Split: Find What You Really Want for the Future of Your Marriage. Discussed in today’s Episode: “Lightning Round” with Toni Mud stories Split, survive, […]

Codependent on Our Dependants

Codependent on Our Dependants By Bonnie Hoover I’ll never forget holding my seconds-old daughter in my arms for the first time. After five years of longing, crying, and praying for the Lord to give us a child, Josie was finally here. She was so tiny, helpless, and dependent on us for everything. But that was […]

EP//58: Kids Come 2nd

Children are a blessing from the Lord and should undoubtedly be a priority. But should we put them above our spouse? In today’s episode, we discuss God’s order for the parent/child relationship. Discussed in today’s episode: – Planning a 25th-anniversary getaway – “Seriously Funny Dad Jokes” – Why it’s easier to put kids first – […]

Dreams Cost Money

Dreams Cost Money By Daniel Hoover When our kids were younger, some of their favorite tv characters were Dora the Explorer and Diego (her cousin). Dora & Diego wereconstantly in the pursuit of some hidden treasure, only to be messed up by Swiper. Swiper was their nemesis. He always messed up their treasure hunt. “Swiper, […]

EP// 57: 20/20 Money, Interview with Joseph Sangl

One of the most contentious topics of marital conflict is in the area of money management. In today’s episode, we invite you to join us for a conversation with the founder of I Was Broke. Now I’m Not and the president and CEO of INJOY Stewardship Solutions, Joseph Sangl, as we discuss his new book […]

Rekindle the Romance

Rekindle the Romance By Bonnie Hoover I’ve never been much of a fan of Valentine’s Day. No, really. When I (Bonnie) was in college, I spent a little time working in a flower shop. February 10th-14th was usually crazy! But oddly enough, besides Mother’s Day, the rest of the year was just average. I rarely […]

EP// 56: Relationship Romance

Roses and chocolates, moonlit strolls on the beach, slow dancing, and long kisses goodnight. All of these phrases scream “romance!” But we all know it doesn’t last forever in marriage. In today’s episode, we talk about how to rekindle the fire when the romance fades. Discussed in today’s episode: – What Bonnie REALLY thinks about […]

7 Lessons from High-Level Leaders

7 Lessons from High-Level Leaders By Daniel & Bonnie Hoover On this week’s podcast episode #55, we had the privilege of sitting down with Ira and Kim Blumenthal. Ira served as the CMO of a division of Sara Lee, the President of a $300-million food company, then founded and presided over CO-OPPORTUNITIES. CO-OPPORTUNITIES is an […]

EP// 55: Wind Beneath My Wings, Interview with Ira & Kim Blumenthal

As a brand consultant and leadership guru, Ira Blumenthal has published over 200 magazine articles, authored 3 books, and hosted a radio show. The list of Ira’s achievements is incredibly long and his influence is far-reaching. But with all of Ira’s success, what most draws us to Ira is his love for his wife and […]

The Freedom of Grace

The Freedom of Grace By Daniel & Bonnie Hoover How many “friends” have you lost in the new year? We were all ready for 2020 to be gone in hopes 2021 would be better in our world. But only a month in, we’re starting to see that was wishful thinking. Our nation is so divided […]

EP// 54: Amazing Grace, Part 2

God desires for our marriage to be a safe place to grow, learn, and to be more like Him. In today’s episode, we discuss the freedom found in a grace-filled marriage.  Discussed in this episode: – 2021’s Cancel culture. – Walking on eggshells. – The freedom to be different. – The freedom to be vulnerable. […]

Reluctant Grace

Reluctant Grace By Bonnie Hoover “Mama! Maaaaake him STOOOOOP!” The annoyance between the nine and eleven-year-olds in the back seat had escalated to the point of my daughter demanding intervention. A quick glance in the rearview mirror and reminder that her brother was returning what she had dished out wasn’t appreciated. Nor was my next […]

EP// 53: Amazing Grace, Part 1

Love gets us married, but may not be enough to keep us married. In today’s episode, we talk about the importance of grace and how it sustains the marriage relationship over the long haul. Discussed in this episode: – Matthew 5:44-45 – The definitions of love and grace. – Grace Filled Marriage: The Missing Piece. […]

Six Lessons from the Book When to Walk Away by Gary Thomas

Six Lessons from the Book When to Walk Away by Gary Thomas  By Daniel & Bonnie Hoover 1. “Every toxic person is difficult, but not every difficult person is toxic.”  God created all of us with different personalities. Some are more laid back, while others are more forceful. Just because someone is more aggressive, driven, […]

EP// 52: When to Walk Away, Interview with Gary Thomas

Toxic relationships drain the life out of us. Wondering how to handle these people? In today’s episode, best-selling author, Gary Thomas, offers insight from his latest book, When to Walk Away, Finding Freedom From Toxic People.  Discussed in today’s episode: – We love a good “how you met” story! – “Lightning Round” – Is it […]

10 Things I’ve Learned from My Parents’ Sixty-Year Marriage

10 Things I’ve Learned from My Parents’ Sixty-Year Marriage By Daniel Hoover 1- You don’t HAVE to date for years before you get married. Obviously, I’m not encouraging couples to rush into a marriage. However, my parents met in September and got married in January. I’ll never forget after meeting Bonnie, I asked my dad […]

EP// 51: Sixty Years and Counting

What does it take to make a marriage last 60 years? In today’s episode, we’ll talk with Daniel’s parents and celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. We’ll ask them how a relationship can weather storms and make it last. In Today’s Episode: – Tell us how you met. – A little bit of their story. – […]

Rivers in the Desert

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2021! Most people flip the calendar from one year to the next in anticipation of a fresh start. This year is no different! With so many circumstances that remain out of our control, we think it’s a great idea to focus on something we can impact, our marriage.  Many […]

EP//50: New Year’s Baby Steps

Welcome to 2021! With a fresh page turning over on the calendar, many of us are already working on our resolutions. In this week’s episode, we discuss the importance of taking intentional baby steps toward strengthening your marriage for whatever this new year brings. Discussed in this episode: – Happy New Year?? – Our Christmas […]

EP//49: Christmas Traditions

December is a time for Christmas cookies, Hallmark movies, candlelight worship services, and enjoying family traditions. In this last episode of the year, we discuss how traditions tie us to our past and give us something to look forward to in the future.  Discussed in this episode: – December traditions. – A 12 foot tall […]

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