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About Andrea Fortenberry

Andrea Fortenberry lives near Phoenix, Arizona with her husband of fourteen years and two children, ages ten and seven. 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: Devotional Stories for Wives.

Extend Grace and Overcommunicate

By |2019-03-16T22:19:03-06:00June 20th, 2017|Blog|

It’s summer! My husband is taking a few weeks off for some much-needed time away from work. I’m excited that it’s during our kids’ summer vacation so that we can spend quality time together as a family. We’ve also decided to tackle some home improvement projects we’ve been wanting to do for a while now. [...]

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My Best Advice to Newlyweds

By |2019-03-16T22:19:03-06:00June 13th, 2017|Blog|

My husband and I are celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary next week. It’s amazing how the years have flown by! We have recently been asked to facilitate a group at our church for young married couples (with less than five years of marriage). We are excited about the opportunity to share and pour into these [...]

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How We Love

By |2019-03-16T22:19:04-06:00June 6th, 2017|Blog|

My husband and I were recently asked to help facilitate a group at our church for young married couples who have been married less than five years. It’s funny because it feels like not long ago that we were in that category. This month we’re celebrating 13 years of marriage; we’ve learned a lot along [...]

Men are Like Waffles—Women are Like Spaghetti

By |2019-03-16T22:19:04-06:00May 30th, 2017|Blog|

A year or so after I got married, I heard Pam Farrel at a women’s conference. She and her husband, Bill, wrote the book Men are Like Waffles—Women are Like Spaghetti. The title intrigued me and when I heard her explain the premise of the book, it made such sense to me! It has helped [...]

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Five Creative and Practical Ways to Encourage Your Spouse

By |2019-03-16T22:19:04-06:00May 23rd, 2017|Blog|

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV We all have the innate need to feel loved and supported. But with life’s urgent demands, it’s easy to neglect meeting this need in our spouse and other loved ones. Time goes by and before [...]

Strategies for Handling In-Law Issues

By |2019-03-16T22:19:04-06:00May 9th, 2017|Blog|

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, I hope you remembered! It’s not too late to get a gift or send a card to your mom. As I’ve been thinking of Mother’s Day, I’ve not only been thinking about my own mother, but my mother-in-law. I am very thankful for her and that she’s not the stereo-typical [...]

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The Biggest Issue Facing Your Marriage

By |2019-03-16T22:19:04-06:00April 25th, 2017|Blog|

I love listening to podcasts and one of my favorites is Focus on the Family. I put it on when I’m folding laundry, washing the dishes or driving alone in the car. A few days ago, I listened to the episodes from April 11th and 12th, an interview with Christian recording artist Laura Story and [...]

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Simple Strategies for Improving Communication with Your Spouse

By |2019-03-16T22:19:04-06:00March 29th, 2017|Blog|

I love this quote by George Bernard Shaw: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”  Have you found this true in your marriage? I sure have! Sometimes I think I’ve told my husband something, but actually haven’t. Or vice versa. It often creates some commotion and confusion, right? [...]

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You Steer Where You Stare

By |2019-03-16T22:19:05-06:00March 14th, 2017|Blog|

When you were dating your spouse, you likely were so in love that you easily overlooked their quirks and idiosyncrasies. Although they may have annoyed you, your love and devotion saw past them. Maybe you naively didn’t even think they had any! But then you got married and as time passed, your spouse’s quirks and [...]

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