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About Andrea Fortenberry

Andrea Fortenberry lives near Phoenix, Arizona with her husband of fifteen years and two children, ages eleven and eight. She writes and speaks on marriage, motherhood and ministry. She has a journalism degree from Pepperdine University and is a graduate of She Speaks, a program for writers and speakers through Proverbs 31 Ministries. Andrea was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Moms.

Which Type of Processor Do You Have? (Part II)

By |2019-05-22T20:39:20-06:00May 22nd, 2019|Blog|

I hope you enjoyed Part I of this series about how we often have different processing methods than our spouse. Here’s Part II. I’ve recently been reading Emily P. Freeman’s latest book The Next Right Thing*. It’s so good. I also listen to her podcast by the same name. In a recent episode, she talked [...]

Which Type of Processor Do You Have? (Part I)

By |2019-05-22T20:38:14-06:00April 18th, 2019|Blog|

I’m no techie, but I know that when you’re buying a computer, the type of processor you get matters. You want to get the latest and greatest because it’s likely the quickest and most efficient.   As I type, I can see a sticker near my keyboard that states the manufacturer name and title of [...]

Chatting About Chores

By |2019-03-19T21:07:46-06:00March 19th, 2019|Blog|

Have you ever watched the show Everybody Loves Raymond? It’s a hilarious sit-com from the early 2000s about a married sportswriter who is raising a family across the street from his parents in Long Island, New York. I highly recommend it, it’s hilarious! You can likely find re-runs on TV or rent episodes on Prime [...]

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A Change of Perspective

By |2019-03-16T22:18:51-06:00February 20th, 2019|Blog|

Does your spouse ever do things that get on your nerves? Come on, let’s be honest.   And guess what? It’s a two-way street: you do things that get on your spouse’s nerves too. We all have idiosyncrasies and habits that bother one another because we’re all wired differently.   Instead of focusing on the [...]

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Believe the Best in One Another

By |2019-01-23T14:43:04-07:00January 23rd, 2019|Blog|

Last year my husband went to a week-long creative leadership training. I love those kinds of things and was eager to hear all about it. One of the biggest takeaways he learned was this: be careful not to assign intentions to someone else’s actions.   As he explained it to me, I realized that I [...]

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SWOT with Your Spouse

By |2018-12-19T17:24:03-07:00December 19th, 2018|Blog|

Right now, we’re in full swing getting ready for Christmas next week. (If you’re still looking for gifts for your spouse, click to this post that will give you some ideas.) I hope you have a great time celebrating the birth of Christ with your family and friends!  With the end of the year approaching, [...]

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Love = Time

By |2018-11-28T10:43:45-07:00November 28th, 2018|Blog|

One of my favorite books is The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. If you haven’t read it, definitely put it on your reading list. We often give it as a wedding gift. The premise of the book is that we all have a primary love language, a specific way in which we feel most [...]

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The Power of Praying for Your Spouse

By |2018-10-17T17:37:44-06:00October 17th, 2018|Blog|

Prayer is one of the most effective spiritual tools we can use in our daily lives. Yet we sometimes forget to tap into it. When I was a new bride, someone gifted me The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. It helped me to realize a few things: It isn’t our job to [...]

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Conflict Resolution for Couples

By |2019-03-16T22:18:51-06:00September 20th, 2018|Blog|

How well do you and your spouse handle conflict? While conflict isn’t usually fun, it is an inevitable part of relationships because all relationships are comprised of sinners. We don’t always see eye to eye. We hurt each other. We misunderstand each other. We say the wrong thing. We react in our anger. We’re selfish. [...]

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Being Marriage-Centered

By |2019-03-16T22:18:51-06:00August 22nd, 2018|Blog|

My pastor gave a message a few months back and asked this question: “Is your family child-centered or marriage-centered?” He then went on to say that our families need to be marriage-centered, not child-centered. At first I balked a bit, Of course our marriage is child-centered, those children made us a family.   But then [...]

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