Scott Gardner**************I didn't marry you because you were perfect. Not just between the couple but to the community at large,to generations past and to those yet to be born. Again."Unknown**************My dad always asks my wife, "Is he treating you right?Heritage.org*************I was talking to a friend who said she wants her children to be able to look back and say, "I want a great marriage like my Mom and Dad had." That struck me. " It reminds me of my responsibilityto be a good husband. handbook*************My dad told me on the day of my wedding, ' Never go in a place that you wouldn't take your wife.' David Gibbs, Mt.No problem, that is, except one: about marriage, and marriage alone, we despair.

What good will it be for a man if he strengthens all the marriages in the community and loses his own way?

"Senator Bill Hardiman, chair, Greater Grand Rapids Community Marriage Policy*************** The secret to having a good marriage is to understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal.

It says something about her too, but if I can focus on my half of the equation, I’ll make way more progress in resolving conflict and building a healthy relationship. Marion Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund **************** You need only do three things in this country to avoid poverty - finish high school, marry before having a child, and marry after the age of 20.

Newlywed Darrel at Marriage is survived just on the basis of ordinary etiquette, day in and day out. Only 8 percent of the families who do this are poor; 79 percent of those who fail to do this are poor.

this week, Ivanka Trump is opening up about balancing her many businesses, raising three children with her husband Jared Kushner and dealing with the demands of her father Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign. Between raising her three kids, Arabella Rose, 5, Joseph Frederick, 2, and 3-month-old Theodore James with husband Jared Kushner, running the Trump Organization alongside her brothers, helming her own personal brand of Ivanka Trump shoes, diamonds and more, a website devoted to helping working women and consulting on her father Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign, “My life is chaotic right now,” says Ivanka, 34.

“I’m exhausted 90 percent of the time.” “Being a mother is the most rewarding experience, but also the most wild and stressful.” On the home front, Ivanka says she and Kushner, 35, are still getting used to life as a family of five.

I was very nervous about him and he’s really a mama’s boy, so I was very nervous as to how he would react to the competition in the house,” Ivanka confesses. ’ And for Arabella, the novelty of Theodore wore off really quickly.” Since she nursed her children, Ivanka says, “there were moments” of jealousy from Theo‘s older siblings.

But now that Theo is 3 months old, “Joseph is now more interested in Theodore than Arabella is,” Ivanka says. But she works hard to create individual time with each of her kids. He’s always the one where they’re interrupting his time with me.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan *****************Finally, preliminary research shows that marriage education workshops can make a real difference in helping married couples stay together and in encouraging unmarried couples who are living together to form a more lasting bond.

Expanding access to such services to low income couples, perhaps in concert with job training and placement, medical coverage, and other services already available, should be something everybody can agree on..." Barack Obama, Audacity of Hope, 2006, p.334***************As we work to strengthen marriage on a societal level, we must not neglect our own marriages.

Frank Pittman ************* Optimism is America's birthright....