Have you ever watched the 1990’s sitcom Home Improvement? I was around 13 when this comedy debuted on ABC. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it centers on accident-prone TV show host Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, his wife Jill, and their three boys.
Looking back, there are two things that stand out about Home Improvement in my mind.
One: how hard my dad laughed at Tim’s antics. I can almost hear him now. And two: how much “The Tool Man” loved tools. We’re talking way past borderline obsession here.
The thing is I love tools too.
When I need to hang a picture, there’s no doubt I appreciate a good hammer. Or, when it comes time to refinish an old wooden yard-sale bookshelf, I’ve discovered the electric sander proves invaluable … not to mention, fun to use. And this is coming from a girly-girl!
Literal home improvement isn’t the only place I value tools though. I also appreciate them when it comes to my marriage. These tools aren’t fashioned from aluminum or wood or plastic. Rather, they’re practical ideas and time-tested concepts that I reach for to help build up my marriage.
Compared to couples who’ve been married 40, 50, and 60 years, my husband Ted and I are mere younglings in the life-long journey of marriage. Even so, in our dozen years of matrimony, we’ve been intentional to fill our relational toolbox with marriage-building, “team us”-strengthening tools.
In my new eBook, 5 Simple Marriage Tools You Should Know, I share five of them. These particular tools are ideas and activities Ted and I have practiced consistently in our lives together. Some we learned early on in our marriage, others a bit later. What they all have in common is that each one has helped us grow closer together as a couple.
It’s my hope that they’ll do the same for you. So download my free eBook 5 Simple Marriage Tools You Should Know here and then get ready to fill your relational toolbox with five marriage tools you need to know.