Jennifer Deibel

Jennifer is your typical American wife and mother living life, raising kids, and working…only she’s doing it in Ireland. She married the love of her life, Seth, in 2000. They are blessed with 2 sweet girls and one busy little boy. After a few years of putting the mommy role first, she and Seth are walking the road of renewal and are excited to share that journey with you. Jennifer passionately loves the Lord, her family, music, dance, writing and chocolate. She writes at This Gal’s Journey. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Marriage Thanksgiving: A Letter of Thanks

Thank you for 13+ years of adventure, excitement, laughter and growth. Thank you for bringing me chocolate on those days you just know I “need” it. Thank you for how you lay down with our son when he struggles to sleep. Thank you for not being afraid to have tea parties with our daughters. Thank you for how faithfully you teach our children about God, His love, and His plan. Thank you for making sure I get enough rest. Thank you for that one funny face you make just because you know it will make me laugh. Thank you for being willing to follow leadership, advice and counsel from those farther down this path of life than we. Thank you for watching chick-flicks with me.

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Five Steps To Keep Your Marriage Strong In Times of Stress

When you spoke those blessed words, “I do,” on that blissful day, I’m sure it seemed like nothing in the world could come between you and your new husband. It was you two against the world, and woe to any who would attempt to thwart your plans – or your love. No matter what came down the line, you would face it together and tough times would only serve to exponentially strengthen your marriage – and no amount of hardship would ever, ever threaten the stability of your relationship. In our thirteen years of marriage, we have moved nine times – three of those were international moves. We have three children. We’ve had really good financial times…and really hard financial times. Times when our jobs

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Making a Home…Away From Home

If you were to come into my house – which I would love, by the way…let’s have a cuppa sometime, mkay? – you would find an eclectic mix of decor. You’ll find items, fabrics, photos and more from the myriad of places in which we’ve lived, visited and been on holiday. It’s the outward expression of our nomadic lifestyle. We have been married just over thirteen years, and for just over eleven of those we have lived a lo-ng distance from the home of our roots. For someone like me, who is somewhat challenged in the art of homemaking, it has been a challenge to build a home with my husband that feels like home. I’m not naturally gifted in home decor, organization or cooking.

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A Great Way To Reconnect In Marriage

The fresh, pine-scented air filled our lungs, refreshing tired bodies and spirits. Our fingers laced together in the silence. We drove this way for a long time. Hours. We had been given this amazing opportunity to spend a few uninterrupted hours exploring one of our nation’s most beautiful treasures. Hour upon hour to reconnect, talk, reflect, connect. Connect we did, but in silence. Not the edgy silence wrapped in the chill of anger; nor the awkward silence of a first date in which the course of conversation ran out long before. No, this was the silence of connection; contentment. It had been so long since we had been alone together for any significant amount of time. Our hearts, minds and souls needed to decompress; to breathe. And

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8 At Home Date Night Ideas

After thirteen years of marriage, three kiddos, nine moves (three of those moves internationally) and countless adventures in between, you’d think my husband and I would have this marriage thing all figured out. We’d know exactly what we need to keep the intimacy alive, communication flowing, and laughter abundant. But you know what? We don’t. Don’t get me wrong, we have fun, we laugh, we play. We also still have our fair share of days where we choose self over the other; to zing instead of uplift. Well, over the last year, we’ve been going through an awakening of sorts. A re-commitment to our marriage if you will. We’ve agreed to start trying as hard as we did in the beginning; starting with a lot

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