Why Every Couple Needs a Dog Before Having a Child

Sarabeth and I have had a dog for four out of the five years of our marriage. Obviously, we’re still waiting on word from the state that we’re approved to foster a child, but nothing has been more beneficial in preparing us for having kids than raising our dachshunds. For instance, before I got married,Continue reading “Why Every Couple Needs a Dog Before Having a Child”

Making a Bad Day Good

Sarabeth and I started this new tradition. I wish we had thought of it years ago. Like most everyone else in the world, Mondays are a huge upset to the Toy family. Mondays are like a knife that punctures the weekend and severs us from the sweet time we’ve been able to spend together theContinue reading “Making a Bad Day Good”

Let’s Hear Your Ideas, Men

I’ve recently taken up a new habit. When I find myself having nothing left to do to help out around the house, I don’t ask my wife what she’d like for me to do. Instead, I ask her, “How can I show you that I love you?” I’ll be honest – it’s painfully hard toContinue reading “Let’s Hear Your Ideas, Men”

Happiness vs. Joy

Popular Office star, Rainn Wilson, hosts Soul Pancake on Youtube. It’s sort of a Candid Camera in reverse where anyone who encounters Soul Pancake isn’t terrified or embarrassed, but leaves with a smile or a new friend. It’s actually a great channel if you need a pick-me-up. But in one interview, Wilson talks to rising star Olivia WildeContinue reading “Happiness vs. Joy”

How We Got Prim

Marriage can sometimes seem like a war, and many times the battle takes place at Compromise Creek, where really, compromise is the only solution. A little give and a little take. And in the case of this post, a little puppy. It got to the point where I would completely tune out whenever Sarabeth showedContinue reading “How We Got Prim”

A Blessing in Disguise?

There’s now an AdoptingJames Facebook page which just went up today! Click like, directly to your right and receive all your updates and other fun stuff. Be sure to share it with your friends. (Article begins after jump.)  CLICK LIKE –> Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that DOMA is (Defense of Marriage Act)Continue reading “A Blessing in Disguise?”

Office Romance

Alright, I promise this is my last post about The Office for a while. But everyone, whether you’re a fan of the show or not needs to read this. You’ll remember a post I did for Valentine’s day this year about true love at the movies. Among the few that made the list, Pam and Jim HalpertContinue reading “Office Romance”