It’s NOT ‘just a piece of paper’

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Gail Shaver has been working with couples–before and after marriage–for years.  She watched her own daughter get married this summer.  She is aware of the research that says that couples who co-habitate before getting married have increased rate of divorce.  She also knows that couples who are married have a greater likelihood of making it …

A marriage therapist gives her son some tips as he gets married to his bride

A letter to my Groom-Son

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Dear Son, Your mom is a marriage therapist…and so, not surprisingly, I have a few things to say. How could I miss the chance? Let me share some pearls of wisdom that come out of years of watching and working with dewy eyed engaged couples preparing for marriage, and bleary eyed couples exhausted from the endless …

Prepping for Lifelong Love Part 2

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So…with the Junior Tribe Member now engaged (Woo hoo–toooo exciting!), the happy couple asked the Mother of the Bride (MOTB) and Mother of the Groom (MOTG)–(that’s me!!) to attend the Wonderful Wedding Show last month. Sigh. Swoon. When a mother is expecting, she dreams of the day that baby will find the person of their …