31 October 2014

Maintaining Your Marriage Amidst the Chaos

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By Ashley McIlwain
Work … make dinner … laundry … dishes … work … get groceries … run to the post office … church … coffee with a friend … dinner with friends … work … clean the house … tackle house project … call my family … work … networking …

2 September 2014

When We’ve Hurt Someone

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By Ashley McIlwain
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. –Ephesians 4:31-32
If there is one guarantee in relationships, it is …

17 July 2014

Marriages are Boring, Affairs are Fun

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By Ashley McIlwain

Marriages are boring, affairs are fun!
That’s what the spam email said that was sitting in my inbox staring at me candidly and shamelessly. My heart ached as I saw the words beseeching me to believe their ridiculous claim. Unapologetically this lie dared to even show its ugly face. …

19 June 2014

The Marital Alarm System

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By Ashley McIlwain
We lock our doors. We install high-tech alarm systems. We fasten our seat belts. We wear helmets. We look both ways before crossing the street. We use anti-virus software. We buy guns. We use antibacterial soap.
The truth is, we want to feel safe, so we do everything we …

3 June 2014

Now Seeing Clients!

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One of my deepest passions has always been working with clients as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  So I am happy to announce that I have partnered with LifeCare Counseling and Coaching in Raleigh, NC to start seeing clients again!  There really are no words to express how excited and …

12 May 2014

Unite and Conquer

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By Ashley McIlwain
We’ve all heard the saying “divide and conquer.” Quite frankly, that’s how most of us survive our days, right? You have your responsibilities and tasks to handle, and your spouse has his or hers. That’s how you manage to keep the boat afloat. That’s how my husband and …

30 April 2014


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By Ashley McIlwain
As I get older, I’m realizing that life seems to only get busier and busier. The list of to dos grows longer and longer no matter how many things I cross off. Like a ball of snow down a steep mountain, the pressures of life grow bigger and …

24 April 2014

5 Keys to Better Communication

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By Ashley McIlwain
Communication. We are all communicating all of the time. Whether with words, body language, sound effects, or the lack thereof, we are constantly communicating something to those around us. Communication can build relationships or they can destroy relationships depending on how we communicate, what we communicate, and our …

21 April 2014

Hubs Corner: Lean on Me

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By Steve McIlwain
Hubs here.
Life is busy. That never seems to change. But recently life has been particularly busy. I started a new job about a year ago, and while I’m settling in nicely, there are still plenty of things to learn. I also work part time for Foundation Restoration doing …

11 April 2014

Table For Two: Easter Brunch

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By Carol McIlwain
Spring is here, so they say.  The good news is that Easter is just around the corner!   Sunday Brunch and Easter are a perfect blend, and so is this versatile, tasty, easy egg dish to help you celebrate the day.  This is one of my go-to recipes. Some …

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