Real FamilyLife®

Dave and Ann Wilson

Hiding the Loneliness

December 3, 2021

I tell her she looks good. I mean, she wears clothes, I say "hey babe, you look pretty good." You know, I tell her that, make her feel better about herself. I try to complement her when I can. She's pretty good at what she does.

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My parents traveled to Israel. And we had been hearing about all the fighting there, so that kind of edged on us kids and we were a little bit worried. We realized that God was in control, and just prayed that they'd get back safely and have a fun time.
December 2, 2021
Yesterday I observed my son changing his daughter's diaper. And I said, "Boy, Son, you've learned a lot since having kids. And I know he's learned a lot of other things about life other than changing diapers.
December 1, 2021
BL: Do you think it's ok for a husband or a wife to hide painful memories from one another? Clip: I expect everybody does to a certain extent. You know, there's probably some things that you withold and you keep in your mind and you never talk about. But so many times it's better left unsaid.
November 30, 2021
A parent's relationship with their teenagers is really important, especially in that junior high - high school period of time. And I just remember them setting some pretty strict rules that I needed to follow. And when I didn't - when I was in my rebellious stage - it got pretty bad. But they were constantly loving me and constantly encouraging me.
November 29, 2021
After Thanksgiving, we use leftover turkey for sandwiches, a special turkey casserole, I have no idea what's in it. We make turkey croquettes, and then we throw the rest of the turkey away.
November 26, 2021
I believe it's hardest to take criticism and be thankful for it, 'cause you can continue to grow, but it's hard to be thankful for it at first. It's hardest for me to be thankful when I'm struggling with an 18-year-old son that's causing me fits.
November 25, 2021
We always went to my aunt and uncle's outside of Milwaukee. And we ate and watched football games and went on walks and just had a good time talking. We did that at least twenty years. I look back on that now and it's a priceless memory.
November 24, 2021
(Brittish accent) I don't know what Thanksgiving's all about. Giving thanks for the birth of Christ? Isn't it? Is it nothing to do with the fact that it's before Christmas? We don't have Thanksgiving. I don't know what it is.
November 23, 2021
It's a frustration of a parent not being able to get into the shoes of their teenager. The only way to get around that is to just thank God in everything they do, and God will bring you through it.
November 22, 2021
My ex-husband has not had any contact with our daughter in almost two years now. And just doesn't show any sign of any interest… Has no idea what it's like to really be a man and take care of his family.
November 19, 2021
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About Dave and Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are co-hosts of FamilyLife Today©, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

Dave and Ann have been married for more than 40 years and have spent the last 35 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® since 1993, and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country.

Dave and Ann helped plant Kensington Community Church in Detroit, Michigan where they served together in ministry for more than three decades, wrapping up their time at Kensington in 2020.

The Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released books Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019) and No Perfect Parents (Zondervan, 2021).

Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as Chaplain for thirty-three years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active with Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small group leader, and mentor to countless women.

The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

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