Two's company, especially for those who love each other. So what happens whendue to retirement, working from home, or even running a business togetherspouses find that being in the same space all the time is awkward, complex, annoying, and just plain challenging? How can partners co-exist without co-exhausting each other?
Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby know all too well how adjusting to a new, all-the-time closeness can cause the bliss of marriage to form blisters. Drawing from their experiences, and from men and women across the country in the same situation, the authors take a deep breath and dive into the root causes of the discomfort. They dig into the ways God's Word addresses the topic, and they offer practical tips for learning the spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical steps that can help readers replace irritation with peace.
For any Christian who wants their home to be a refuge of peace and serenity for allnot just themselvesand who wants to know they aren't alone in the mental and physical claustrophobia of too much togetherness, Spouse in the House is a vulnerable, charming, and pragmatic breath of hope.
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About the Author
Becky Melby is an author and speaker, with more than twenty books to her name, including four cozy mysteries for Guideposts’ Secrets of Wayfarers Inn series. She makes her home in the heart of Wisconsin with her husband, and is long-time BFF with co-author Cynthia Ruchti. Find out more at beckymelby.com.
Table of Contents
1 Honey, I'm Home … All. The. Time 11
2 Love Keeps No Record of Who Cleaned the Toilet Last 19
3 The Line Down the Middle 29
4 I Never Used to Be a Night Owl, but It's the Only Time I Can Be Alone 41
5 To TV or Not to TV? How Can We Manage Relaxation Differences? 51
6 But Honey, Both Our Names Are on the Mortgage 61
7 At Least One of Us Has to Be a Bomb Sniffer 71
8 The Sins Febreze Can't Quite Cover 83
9 We're Dancing, but He's Listening to Different Music 93
10 Are We Renting or Owning This Marriage? 103
11 Money Talks, but It's Not Telling My Spouse What It's Telling Me 113
12 Get That Out of My Pail! (His Bucket List Doesn't Play Well with Mine) 123
13 It's Still My Rib, Adam. It's Still My Rib Cage, Eve 131
14 Why We Need HHATT Sisters and Guys Need Guy Friends 141
15 I Need a New Nameplate 149
16 Familiarity Breeds Meh 159
17 Circadian Algorithms: Solving the Problem of Differing Schedule Preferences 169
18 I Meant It When I Said "I Do" to the "In Sickness" Part of Our Vows 177
19 Give Your SITH a Pass 185
20 Continuing the Love Story 195
If Your Spouse Is a Louse (When Home Is Not a Safe Place) 207
Top Ten Questions to Help SITHs Find Their Footing 211
Inspiration for Any Home-All-the-Time Circumstance 213
Inspiration for Conversations with One Another 215
Resources for Consideration 217