Chris and Elisabeth Combs were single adults and not yet dating when they attended MREC’s class, How To Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk or Jerk-ette. “I remember that Chris stayed after everyone left and asked tons of questions about dating, etc,” says Amy Gilford. “He kept writing and writing and I finally told him I’d send him the rest of the details once I got back to the office.”
Not long afterwards, Chris asked Elisabeth out and eventually they got married. In 2013, as newlyweds, they attended an MREC marriage class taught by Bill and Anne McKenna at their church. After that they even helped present in a class. Today, with a growing family, they say they still use the tools they learned to help keep their relationship strong.
These things have “been a marriage saver,” Chris said in a recent interview. “I would say one thing to anyone thinking of taking the marriage class - Marriage is hard, sometimes to the point of wanting to give up.” He recommended couples seek out proven tools to help them love and understand each other, and Elisabeth agreed.
“We are grateful for [all] the practical, hands-on help [from] each MREC class we've taken! Some things that we really benefited from were; the daily check-up; how to fight fair and not dirty; learning each other's love languages; and how to communicate and resolve conflict. We learned the importance of touch—holding hands or hugging - when discussing problems. When you touch, it makes it easier not to escalate. There is so much I could share. We continue to try to apply what we have learned.”
The couple now has two children, Benjamin, soon to be 3-years-old, and daughter, Lily, who arrived just eight months ago. "By God's grace and goodness we know all this will impact them, that these seeds will have eternal benefits," said Elisabeth.