Marriage, and the Slow Fade

Sunday was our 6 year anniversary…

We started the day by going to church where Ryley learned that Jesus lives in her heart. Since we conceived Ryley on our 3rd anniversary, we decided to celebrate her this year and took her to Chuck E Cheeses for the first time. We had a ton of fun….



 the Thinker…









 Haven’t you always wanted to do that?




Ryley talked about Chuck E “Cheeses” all the way home. When we were getting her ready for bed and talking about her day, I asked her to tell her daddy who lives in her heart. She said “Chuck E CHEESES!!!”… turns out ‘Cheeses’ sounds an awful lot like ‘Jesus’ when coming out of the mouth of a toddler. Isn’t that a good one!?

Being a parent is an amazing experience!

Since I’m on the topic of anniversaries/marriage, I want to encourage everyone to see the movie FIREPROOF. It’s an awesome movie about love & marriage, and how easily we fall into the destructive cycles that all too often lead to divorce. Please take a few minutes to watch this short video about the inspiration behind the song Slow Fade from Fireproof. You will be glad you did! Then watch and listen to the music video SLOW FADE by Casting Crowns (click on the underlined words above to their links).

Jerry and I are about half way through a marriage class at our church with several other couples using the video series Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife Sarah.  It is by far the BEST information available on marriage and the needs of men & women. He explains in a humorous way how God designed us to be DIFFERENT. It is absolutely amazing and eye opening.  It’s SO GOOD that I want to stand on a mountain top and tell the world about it. When you hear it, it makes SO MUCH SENSE. AND it’s the way God made us to be, so you don’t feel like such a lousy person/spouse after you realize why the differences lead to conflict.

The divorce rate is so high because it’s so easy for husbands and wives to get trapped in the “Crazy Cycle” of miscommunication, misunderstanding, hurt, anger, and bitterness. This is information that our sons and daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, friends, etc. etc. need to know so they don’t go through all the pain and heartache that we’ve experienced in our own relationships.  You can see all kinds of stuff for FREE just by going to the website (… like this little snippet on the “Crazy Cycle” or check out these FREE video segments… like the one called “Pink & Blue”

You can get the entire Love and Respsect video series through download for only $40, and I promise, it’s worth it!!! Click here. OR you can purchase each segment separately for $10. So if you’re skeptical, you can just watch the 1st segment to see if you like it. 

God’s timing is perfect. I am a child of a bitter divorce and years of resentment between my parents. I know the scars this can leave in people. We need to help others not put our children and ourselves through that!

It’s no accident that I saw the movie Fireproof, found the video & inspiration for Slow Fade, AND am in this awesome marriage class all in the same time frame. PLEASE take some time and check out the links above!

I love you all,



3 responses to “Marriage, and the Slow Fade

  1. Hey there,
    Ryley just keeps getting more precious! My kids just found out about Chuck E Cheeses earlier this year and they are hooked. It is a great incentive for good behavior!

    I loved the Slow To Fade videos. Andy and I just went to see Fireproof and have already preordered our copy for when the movie comes out in stores. It is an awesome movie and reminds you how easy it can be to forget the true covenent meaning behind marriage.

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Thanks Becky!
    I forgot to mention The Love Dare from the movie Fireproof. You can actually get the book and work through The Love Dare yourself (as a couple or by yourself). Jerry found it at the Fireproof My Marriage website and ordered it for us.
    Love, Heidi

  3. Thanks for sharing Pudgey! Both videos were extremly powerful and I have yet to figure out where or how I can see this movie, I went to the website, so I’ll have to do some more research. Ryley Ecklor is so darn cute. Love you guys!

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