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My newest book, A Year of Grace: 365 Reflections for Caregivers, was inspired by the last two years of my mom's life. She was a vibrant artist and strong, independent woman before suffering a massive incapacitating stroke. For the past ten years, my husband, Art, a marriage and family therapist, and I have collaborated on four books: The Temperament God Gave You, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse, The Temperament God Gave Your Kids, and The Emotions God Gave You. These books combine practical wisdom, good psychology, and the wisdom of our Catholic faith. We enjoy giving talks all around the country to married couples and parents about the lessons we've learned over the years parenting our four kids--one of each temperament!--as well as our insights on communicating better for a happy marriage. We met and married in California, lived in Germany for four years, and finally settled in Virginia; having put aside our tree-hugging ways, we have become responsible adults (cf 1 Cor 13:11). We've been married for thirty-six years and have four adult children and two precious grandbabies. 

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