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16th Annual Fall Dinner

Friday, September 26, 2014 Westin Hotel • Bellevue, WA General Reception and Special Music • 6:00 pm Dinner and Program • 7:00 pm Mark your calendar for Friday, September 26, 2014. Our 16th Annual Fall Dinner will feature international speaker Mark Gungor, one of the most sought after figures in the national marriage movement. Share in this very special evening alongside community and business leaders […]

2013: A Year of Amazing Grace

As we celebrate the beginning of a New Year, I was inspired by an article I read by late founder of Prison Fellowship, Chuck Colson about a man named John Newton. He shared the story of John Newton. In 1772, a little known man named John Newton started a new journal. As he began to […]

Parenting: I have a Kid, Now…Where is the Manual?

By Karissa Meador The other day I experienced a funny ironic parenting moment. After asking countless times for my boys to get ready to walk out the door, I raised my voice in frustration and said, “To the door now. Mommy has had it! We need to listen.” A few minutes later, I listened in […]

White Carpets, Sticky Fingers, and Garbage Trucks

By Karissa Meador, “All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with white carpet is one of them.” Erma Bombeck Noel and I were recently discussing how much wear and tear our house has experienced during this toddler stage of life. Three young boys know how […]

Need Help Now: Resources for Marriage

Whether you are a newlywed, seasoned veteran, or struggling in your marriage we have resources to help you grow. These tools will help strengthen, encourage, and guide you in your relationship and commitment to your spouse.    Marriage Building Articles: Faith-based Resources: Books and DVD’s written from a Judeo-Christian perspective by religious leaders, pastors and motivational […]

Self Esteem and Holes in Our Socks

Do you know how to rescue someone’s self-esteem? It’s a crucial skill in a society that is often very conditional and harsh in how it measures and treats people. Junior high can be especially harsh and brutal, so a kid needs to have some champions in their corner, especially us parents. My friend Tim Kimmel […]

What Good Communication Can Do For Your Marriage

A particularly humorous scene in the musical My Fair Lady occurs when Professor Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering bond over their “Hymn to Him” as they ask “Why can’t a woman be more like a man!”  “…Men are so pleasant, so easy to please, whenever you are with them, you’re always at ease!” This, of […]


Stronger Families offers a wide variety of programs to help you strengthen your relationship and provide timely information relevant to whatever life stage you are in.  To access these programs, visit the links to the left! Need Help Now: Do you want the latest, most effective resources for you and your family, but you’re tired […]

Redefining Manhood: Taking A Stand Against Domestic Violence

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  Winston Churchill’s admonishment to humanity is frequently quoted.  Yet, how often do we heed the warning?  How often do we seek to step up and make the change?  In May, a beautiful and talented 22 year-old University of Virginia lacrosse player, Yeardley Love, […]

The Great Recession: Can Marriage Survive?

Have you seen the latest commercial for Allstate Insurance? Spokesman Dennis Haysbert asks the country if history will remember the current economic difficulty as the Great Recession or the recession that made us great. Will it tear us apart or draw us together as we realize that things are not as important as the future […]