What has Marriage Enrichment meant to
Below are testimonials from couples
that have been helped by Florida Better Marriages:
Coming from previous marriages,
we became aware of the need for better communication and conflict
resolution skills early in our marriage. We participated in our first
Better Marriages retreat in 1986 and then stayed a part of that MEG (Marriage
Enrichment Group) for approximately five years. Our first leadership
training was with Dave and Sarah Catron in April, 1995 and we have led
retreats and sessions since then. We were co-founders of the "Mugs &
Hugs Workshop Series", a very successful program for developing and
nurturing new MEGs in southeast Florida. We have served as President
Couple of Florida Better Marriages in 2009-2010. Helping other married couples
strengthen their relationship is a passion of ours and Better Marriages has given us
the training and skills.
Jena & Richard Congdon
We were supposed to “get married
and settle down.”
We got married…..
but we didn’t settle down.
We discovered delights and joys;
We discovered differences and challenges.
We loved each other
but did not know how
to negotiate our differences
or to meet our challenges.
We loved each other but were getting discouraged.
Another couple invited us to
We were skeptical and hesitant,
but also longing and hoping…
one of us more eager than the other.
Cautious, with eyes wide open,
searching with guarded hearts,
We spent time with a small group of couples,
learning how to talk
how to listen
how to deal with our differences
how to grow our marriage.
We spent time with a small group
of couples and
had the privilege of learning from them
as they shared about their marriages.
Just encouragement and nurture.
Together we took a step ahead in
and have continued taking steps…
sometimes on our own
sometimes with the support of others
with whom we continue to meet.
The myth of “settling down” has
Now we walk in the full sunshine and fresh breezes of
Growing our marriage across a lifetime –
Growing toward our marriage potential.
Phyllis & Randy Michael
We attended our first conference 3 weeks before
our wedding. We decided marriage enrichment could be something of
vital importance to the future of our marriage. After 5 1/2 years,
we feel stronger than ever that attending our MEG (Marriage
Enrichment Group) on a regular basis has provided a firm foundation
and given us tools and resources to deal with the ever-evolving
journey of life together.
Patty & Troy Johnson
in a MEG helps to anchor our marriage. It keeps us from drifting into
harmful behavioral patterns. It gives us a safe place to work through
difficult issues as they arise. It provides us with the opportunity to
gain insight and inspiration from other couples who are committed to
growth in their marriage.
Ken & Nellie Dean
We have attended all six IMECs,
and each one is better than the last. Priscilla Hunt and the
Florida Better Marriages Chapter pulled out all the stops to make this a memory
that will last "Happily Ever After."
Our favorite things? The
Saturday night dance, the presence of more African American
couples, Camp ACME that enabled young couples to attend,
first-time presenters Debby & Jeff McElroy, music by Rob Button
and Bob Griffith, and simply being surrounded by such joy and
friendship as we gathered for a common mission so dear to our
Hugs and Peace,
Al & Carole
Pugsley, Prairie Village, KS
Jim and I had a
great time at IMEC! We only knew one Better Marriages couple before we
got there but spoke to many others during the workshops and
group meals. The skits and the key note speakers were among
our favorites but ALL the activities were so well planned
and executed we can't wait to go to another one. We bought a
couple books and workbooks and set up a weekly "date night",
candle and wine included, to read and go over them together.
We also purchased the relationship deck of cards for us and
my sister and her hubby as well. They're fun to have around
just to spark conversations on topics we might not typically
Cyd & Jim Busko
This was our
first IMEC and experience with any marriage conference and
we thought it was phenomenal. It was a delight to be around
people who viewed marriage in a positive way while still
being honest about its imperfections. We are only married 8
years and know we need to make growing our marriage a
priority. This experience further emphasized the importance
of doing so and set a foundation for us to work hard for us
and our young daughters. Thank you.
Lauri and Kelly Naumec
Better Marriages is a testament to the
powerfully positive effects of a
grassroots organization with a
single mission - to strengthen marriage in
individual couples and in the
community. I am overwhelmingly impressed with
the dedication and devotion of
the members of Better Marriages; countless
marriages have been saved by
their inspiring work.
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More testimonials from
Better Marriage couples are on the way...
If you have been a part of Florida
Better Marriages and
would like your testimonial on this page, please email it to
Jena & Richard Congdon