Surviving Your Spouse’s Alcoholism: Don’t Give Up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle!

The last thing you want to hear when you’re struggling with an alcoholic spouse is that it takes time for changes to happen. I remember feeling frustrated when A.A. friends told me, "Don't give up 5 minutes before the miracle!" Five minutes?? Are you kidding? It's...

Surviving Your Spouse’s Alcoholism: Finding Courage to Be Yourself

What seems like a lifetime ago, I started attending Al-Anon because I was struggling to cope with my husband Randy's excessive drinking. I didn't know where to turn. Finally, I realized I needed help. At Al-Anon, I met a compassionate young woman who encouraged me to...

Surviving Your Spouse’s Alcoholism: Friends for the Journey

God still sends angels: ones with skin, hair and belly laughs. Angels like our friend, Jim. I met him at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where I was the speaker for Al-Anon. I remember feeling at a loss for encouraging words. My situation with Randy and his alcoholism...

Surviving Your Spouse’s Alcoholism: Boot Camp Basics

In my previous article about surviving your spouse's alcoholism, I compared the struggle with alcoholism to an intense battle. It certainly is a battle on multiple levels: spiritual, physical, emotional. At first, I didn't have a clue how to "fight" this battle. I...

The Most Expensive Christmas Tree Ever!

It's Christmas Eve and all through the house, not a creature is stirring--I hope not even a mouse! Our stockings are still hung up and since we celebrated Christmas on the 22nd, everything is way too quiet! But we had a wonderful celebration with our family--our son...

Deb Kalmbach


Deb Kalmbach considers herself an "expert" in not-so-perfect marriages. She's the first to admit that she's learned a lot the hard way!

Deb is passionate about encouraging and empowering women to take one step forward, then another to find healing and wholeness in their lives and marriages. Real hope for real life is what she strives to communicate to her readers.

Deb and her husband Randy can see the half-century milestone (a miracle!) for their marriage on the horizon. They live in a tiny town in rural Washington state with Kosmo, their Jack Russell Terrier, who has inspired a new children's book series.

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