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Marriage menders

Couples with tattered relationships have a variety of repair options

The test for Jim and Teri Phillips' new relationship skills came Valentine's Day weekend on a trip to Southern California. They wanted to show their four children the places where mom and dad had fallen in love. But the sweet romance of the trip grew more sour by the minute.

They ended up in an emergency room when a child became ill. The weather turned gloomy and rainy. Then all six of them crammed into a small motel room. Teri was already tense when Jim started making work calls from his cell phone — it drove her up a wall.

Rather than let anger ruin the vacation, Teri suggested she and Jim apply techniques they had just learned in Sanctus, a program pioneered at their church, North Heights Lutheran, Roseville, Minn.

They ended up in an emergency room when a child became ill. The weather turned gloomy and rainy. Then all six of them crammed into a small motel room. Teri was already tense when Jim started making work calls from his cell phone — it drove her up a wall.

Rather than let anger ruin the vacation, Teri suggested she and Jim apply techniques they had just learned in Sanctus, a program pioneered at their church, North Heights Lutheran, Roseville, Minn.


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