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Growing Home Together Podcast

with Rob & Joanna Teigen

Season 1 Episode 7: How to Stay Connected as a Couple When You Have to Be Apart

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You want a close, intimate relationship with your spouse. Both of you want to make memories as one another’s best friend. You aim for unity and teamwork in your parenting, decisions, and plans. Yet for many couples, these goals and desires crash against the rocks of your circumstances. You might be separated by job assignments or military deployment. One of you may be called away to care for an aging parent. Daily barriers like opposite work shifts or a health crisis might keep you alone. How can you stay connected as a couple when life forces you apart? Today’s guest, Kristi Woods, is a military wife who knows the pain of separation from the one she loves. During her husband’s lengthy deployments, she shouldered the burdens of loneliness, single parenting, and navigating life on her own. She can also share a beautiful testimony of God’s love and faithfulness through it all. In today’s episode, we’ll discover:   The losses and struggles you face if you can’t be together. The challenges of parenting when you’re away from your partner. The confidence – or “Godfidence” -- that can be learned while you’re alone. How to cope with feelings of guilt or loneliness. How to recapture unity and teamwork when you are reunited. The ways God can grow you closer to him and each other at all times.   For more insight from Kristi Woods, join us on the blog as she shares more on this topic.   Kristi Woods is a writer, speaker, and podcaster, but she most loves the label “Jesus girl.” Her latest Bible study, Created to Believe: A Bible Word Study, and other faith-building tools can be found at Kristi, her handsome, retired-from-the-Navy husband, and their three children survived a nomadic, military lifestyle and have set roots in Oklahoma--where she keeps a close watch for tornadoes and good chocolate. This podcast is produced and edited by Angie Elkins Media, Inc. 
September 29, 2020
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Rob and Joanna have celebrated over 30 years of marriage and are the parents of two sons and three daughters. They share an addiction to coffee, bookstores, and Christmas music. They debate whether two dogs are enough and who should win “The Voice” every season. Rob and Joanna are a neat-freak married to a mess, an explorer to a homebody, and an introvert to a ‘people person.’ But they do agree that their vows are for always, children are a gift, and prayer is powerful.

Over the years, the Teigens have lived in five states as they made their way to West Michigan. Serving as foster parents, marriage mentors, small-group leaders, and authors, they are passionate about helping couples and moms and dads experience the power of God in their families. They look forward to meeting you here, supporting your pursuit of God and the hearts of your loved ones. They can’t wait to grow together with you.

You can find Rob and Joanna, and learn more about Growing Home Together, at
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