mj-with-ringsRamblings of a Marriage Junkie is the regular fix for those committed to reviving marriage & reducing divorce … in their own home and in their own community!

This blog feeds the cravings of others who want the latest and greatest on marriage and relationships including: articles from the Marriage Junkie himself, links to news articles and websites the Marriage Junkie finds interesting, and announcements of pertinent information about marriage-related topics the Marriage Junkie thinks fellow marriage junkies need to know!

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Here are some of our most popular posts:

>> Our Top Dozen Do’s & Don’ts for Facebooking Couples

>> How to Express “Happy Anniversary” Using 21st Century Tools

>> Is Facebook a Cyber-Threat to Your Marriage?

>> How Facebook Can Improve Your Marriage

>> How Twitter Can Tweet Married Couples Twitterific!

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Do you Facebook? If you’re a member and over thirty years old, it’s probably your first time belonging to an online social community.

Joining a social network creates all kinds of questions for people, especially if they’re married. The news stories of Facebook-related promiscuity, affairs and divorces have been widespread and create concern.

As a result, some married Facebookers blindly jump into the online community without any set boundaries. Others tip-toe into the shallow end of the social network but don’t get very far. And others avoid Facebook altogether.

But just like most everything in life, you learned everything you need to know to safeguard yourself, your spouse and your marriage…in kindergarten.

Read the 8 Ways to Protect Your Marriage on Facebook at our new blog >>

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K. Jason and Kelli Krafsky are “The Social Media Couple”  who speak, teach and write on all things technology and relationships. Their hope is to empower couples, parents and families to use common sense and healthy boundaries in this social media age. Jason and Kelli wrote Facebook and Your Marriage (2010), the first book ever written on the topic,  and have written extensively on how couples, parents and families can survive and thrive using technology.  The Krafskys have been married since 1994 and live just outside of Seattle  with their four children. Contact them at the SocialMediaCouple.com website, techlationships.com blog, via email at info@techlationships.com, on Twitter (@techlationships) or through Facebook (Social Media Couple).

Copyright © 2010 K. Jason Krafsky – Permission granted to use and reproduce with proper source citation.

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Kids. Sex. Money. According to therapists, these are the most common topics married couples argue about.

After recently talking with a number of counselors and clergy about common marriage problems they’re dealing with, Facebook should be added to that list.  In fact, Facebook is one of the most popular relationship conflicts for today’s married couples.

Why would that be? With over 400-million users, Facebook has become the preferred communication vehicle for connecting with friends and family, and has quickly integrated into the daily routines of adults of all ages. And in its wake, many spouses are grappling to keep up with their feelings towards their mates’ rate of reconnected relationships, degrees of convenience connecting to the online social network, and their level of devotion to the website.

In fact, based off the research for our book, Facebook and Your Marriage (which included personal interviews with Facebookers, conversations with therapists, surveying many blogs and websites, and reading the dozens and dozens of comments from our various blog articles on Facebook) we’ve discovered that when a spouse says “Facebook is an issue in my marriage,” it is a general cry for help without an understanding of what the real problem is.

They mistakenly blame the website when it is most likely one of these five common Facebooking issues.

Read the common Facebooking issues creating marital strife at our NEW blog (techlationships.com) >>

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K. Jason and Kelli Krafsky are “The Social Media Couple”  who speak, teach and write on all things technology and relationships. Their hope is to empower couples, parents and families to use common sense and healthy boundaries in this social media age. Jason and Kelli wrote Facebook and Your Marriage (2010), the first book ever written on the topic,  and have written extensively on how couples, parents and families can survive and thrive using technology.  The Krafskys have been married since 1994 and live just outside of Seattle  with their four children. Contact them at the SocialMediaCouple.com website, techlationships.com blog, via email at info@techlationships.com, on Twitter (@techlationships) or through Facebook (Social Media Couple).

Copyright © 2010 K. Jason Krafsky – Permission granted to use and reproduce with proper source citation.

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Have you gotten a Friend Request from  a former boyfriend or girlfriend?

Is your spouse chatting with “someone” on Facebook?

Does Facebook bring you and your mate closer together or does it trigger arguments?

Facebook and Your Marriage is a brand new, easy-to-use , interactive, “here’s how” guide for married Facebookers to find answers to questions you can’t find anywhere else.

From the general “How do I…”

  • Find friends on Facebook?
  • Unfriend someone?
  • Protect my private info better?
  • Safeguard my marriage on Facebook?
  • and lost more!

To the specific “What do I do because…”

  • My spouse friended an old flame?
  • Feelings get sparked when chatting with my “first love”?
  • My spouse is on Facebook all the time?
  • I am emotionally connecting with someone on Facebook?
  • and lots more!

Different than most marriage and relationship books which read from cover to cover, with Facebook and Your Marriage, the reader determines where they start, where they end, and gets the answers to the questions they need help with right away.

Read more and view sample pages of Facebook and Your Marriage on our NEW blog (techlationships.com) >>

 

NOTE: The 371-page, full-color Facebook and Your Marriage is published by Turn the Tide Resource Group and can be purchased at SocialMediaCouple.com and Amazon ($19.95 plus S/H).

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K. Jason and Kelli Krafsky are “The Social Media Couple”  who speak, teach and write on all things technology and relationships. Their hope is to empower couples, parents and families to use common sense and healthy boundaries in this social media age. Jason and Kelli wrote Facebook and Your Marriage (2010), the first book ever written on the topic,  and have written extensively on how couples, parents and families can survive and thrive using technology.  The Krafskys have been married since 1994 and live just outside of Seattle  with their four children. Contact them at the SocialMediaCouple.com website, techlationships.com blog, via email at info@techlationships.com, on Twitter (@techlationships) or through Facebook (Social Media Couple).

Copyright © 2010 K. Jason Krafsky – Permission granted to use and reproduce with proper source citation.

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Facebook has created a new set of issues, conflicts and dilemmas for married couples.

> Should a husband accept a friend request from an ex-girlfriend?

> What kinds of posts and comments are off limits for couples on Facebook?

> Should a wife post pictures on Facebook when her and her husband are out of town?

> and more…

Read Our 12 Do’s and Don’ts for Facebooking Couples at our NEW Blog >>


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K. Jason and Kelli Krafsky are “The Social Media Couple”  who speak, teach and write on all things technology and relationships. Their hope is to empower couples, parents and families to use common sense and healthy boundaries in this social media age. Jason and Kelli wrote Facebook and Your Marriage (2010), the first book ever written on the topic,  and have written extensively on how couples, parents and families can survive and thrive using technology.  The Krafskys have been married since 1994 and live just outside of Seattle  with their four children. Contact them at the SocialMediaCouple.com website, techlationships.com blog, via email at info@techlationships.com, on Twitter (@techlationships) or through Facebook (Social Media Couple).

Copyright © 2009 K. Jason and Kelli Krafsky – Permission granted to use and reproduce with proper source citation.

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Anniversary cards are soooo 20th Century! They’re also impersonal, predictable and the embossed, flowery cards can cost as much as $7-bucks a pop!

This last anniversary (our 15th on July 29th), I wanted to do something special and very different from what I’ve done in the previous 14 years.

So I turned my back on a fourteen year tradition of spending about 20 minutes on the day of my anniversary, scouring through dozens of anniversary cards on the rack to find that “special one.”  It’s a challenge to find a greeting card that resides comfortably between cheesy and tacky, sappy and schmaltzy, and devoid of the annoying glitter and butterflies on the cover.  (I admit that the ultimate decision was made after looking at the backside of the card).

Read the rest of the story and get my tips and lessons learned at our NEW blog (techlationships.com) >>

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K. Jason and Kelli Krafsky are “The Social Media Couple”  who speak, teach and write on all things technology and relationships. Their hope is to empower couples, parents and families to use common sense and healthy boundaries in this social media age. Jason and Kelli wrote Facebook and Your Marriage (2010), the first book ever written on the topic,  and have written extensively on how couples, parents and families can survive and thrive using technology.  The Krafskys have been married since 1994 and live just outside of Seattle  with their four children. Contact them at the SocialMediaCouple.com website, techlationships.com blog, via email at info@techlationships.com, on Twitter (@techlationships) or through Facebook (Social Media Couple).

Copyright © 2009 K. Jason Krafsky – Permission granted to use and reproduce with proper source citation.

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NOTE: This was a “private” blog post I made for my wife on our 15th Anniversary. It is posted publicly so readers can view it because it is referenced in another blog post: How to Express “Happy Anniversary” with 21st Century Tools. Enjoy!

~ Marriage Junkie

Kel ~

Thank you for 15 incredible years!  As I look back on our time together as husband and wife, here are 15 highlights that stand out to me.

Learning how to love you…completely and unconditionally. Looking back on the first time I told you “I love you,” I didn’t have a clue what that really meant. Now, fifteen-plus years later, loving you is better, more rewarding, more demanding and more fulfilling than I ever imagined. You are a beautiful woman who is wired so differently from me, but so perfectly for me. You are God’s gift to me, and a gift I cherish daily.

Investing in us…continually. I remember one of our first “dates” where you read off attributes and characteristics and I answered if they fit me or not. That should have been an indication of the amount of time we would invest into our relationship. Weekend to Remember, Marriage Encounter, I Still Do, AMFM, Smart Marriages, Marriage CoMission…we are blessed to be engulfed and surrounded by so much and so many who help make our marriage stronger. At the end of our lifetime together, we may not have acquired great riches or power, but we’ll have a deeper joy than the wealthy and a greater strength than the most powerful.

Celebrating the marriage bed with you. While this may seem like a no-brainer, you are a gifted lover.  From making love to you (for the first time) on our wedding night…and then throughout our honeymoon…and then throughout our newlywed year…and then for the next decade and a half…I have completely enjoyed our intimate experiences.  You have been an incredibly giving, fulfilling and gracious lover who meets my needs, wants and desires.  Thank you for loving me so completely!goofy pose christmas 08

Starting a family with you and creating four precious lives. The experiences of getting pregnant, giving birth and parenting every one of our blessings has molded us and shaped us into a better couple. While we’ve made our fair share of mistakes and missteps, our shared ideals for the kids bonds us more deeply and creates higher watermarks of love each year.

Taking our first step of real faith. While we met at church, attended church, and participated in church life together, you have helped me grow with Christ in ways I never imagined. The day we left the security and safety of Coal Creek to follow God’s lead catapulted us into a new experience with Him. Thanks for trusting God, believing in me and being willing to step outside of your comfort zone. That was a season where God became real in every way.

Living by faith. Our life together has been an adventure, only because we followed a path marked by God. Who would have thought? Berglinds, West Seattle, Maple Valley, Before “I Do,” CHMC…and the list goes on. I value the journey we’re on, and I am very thankful to have a wife who is willing to seek God, take risks, and trust Him (and her husband). Our life is one I would have never dreamed of, but better than I could have ever imagined.

ISyzpyuxtgw1b7Buying our first house. You get all of the credit! From initiating the call to discover what it would take to buy a house to finding the house…we are homeowners because of you. Then when we got the house, you made it into a welcoming and inviting home! Thanks for gently persisting and allowing me the time to process. It all worked out so well and seemed so perfectly timed.

Seeing the world with you. Okay, so “the world” is a bit of an overstatement. “Portions of the United States and Canada” would be more appropriate. But whether its for business or leisure, I thoroughly enjoy being in new cities and experiencing different places with you. Orlando, Victoria, Denver, Rome (GA), Charlotte, Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, and San Francisco. All of them bring to mind a fond memory or two.BirthdaysBaseball 050

Creating memories our kids will always cherish. You’re often thinking about the kids and how they will remember the things we do now. I love this about you. The birthday fairy, the 24 days before Christmas, our holiday traditions. But beyond that, you care about the quality of their relationship with one another. Thanks for your attention to the special details that make an experience a memory.kids (08) 002

Giving the kids a great beginning. You have “done me proud” more than you know. After we made the leap to school the kids from home, you shouldered the bulk of the responsibility and faced most of the skeptics and critics. I am so proud of all you have accomplished with them in spite of all the changes, challenges and obstacles of life. And now that we’ve moved the kids into public school, I look at their recent academic achievements and accomplishments and give you a lot of the credit.

Launching Before “I Do” with all of your support. One of the biggest “God-things” in our marriage is the perfect timing of writing and publishing Before “I Do”. It would not and could not have been possible without you. Thousands of couples have benefited and thousands more will benefit from a premarital book and experience that is largely, because of you. While they prepare for the Full Marriage Experience, I feel like we’re living it!100_0636

Building our first home. I’ve heard that home renovation or building a house is one of the most stressful experiences for a couple. And while it did have its stress points, we grew together as a couple and as a family, we drew closer to God, and we saw Him provide in a way that is nothing short of a miracle.

Using our gifts together. I am so excited for this current season we are in where we get to do more together to use our gifts, dream our dreams and begin taking steps to serve God’s great purpose together. The Facebook and Your Marriage articles, writing and marketing the new books, the iPhone app…all of them are evidence that God is at work through you and me. Love it! Spending time with you. I love being with you. Sometimes we’re doing nothing, or watching our shows, or just hanging out, or sipping coffee and checking Facebook on our phones, or whatever. There is no one I would rather be with and spend a day with than you.

n550813077_1607928_7535381Looking forward to the next phase of serving God with you. I can’t believe nearly 5,500 days have gone by since we said “I do”. And yet, so much has happened. Through all of it, I can honestly say that I love you more today than I ever have. And as we step through the doorway of our 15th year as husband and wife, hands clasped together and eyes pointed heavenward…I feel like we have only just begun to experience all God has in store for us. Whatever it may be, I walk with confidence because you are by my side. I love you and will love you, always!

Thank you for saying “I do” fifteen years ago. You have blessed me and fulfilled my wishes more than you know!

~ Jas

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