Practical Advice on How to Make Room for Having a Spouse in Your House ~ Episode 194 with Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby

Aug 23, 2022 | Family, Game Plan, Marriage, Newlywed, Podcast, Retirement, Spiritual Game Plan


“What happens when you and your spouse spend a lot of time together?  (Perhaps even too much time …)

The reality is that sometimes lots of time together can start feeling like too much of a good thing. However, this doesn’t mean we don’t love our spouse enough, nor does it point to weakness in our marriage. 

Being together all the time can strain any relationship.

“Accepting our different rhythms is hugely important.” Becky Melby

In this episode, Cynthia Ruchti, Becky Melby, and I look at how relationships change when spouses find themselves living on top of each other due to retirement, working from home, or other reasons.

From their own experiences, as well as from men and women across the country in similar situations, Cynthia and Becky share:

  • Practical ways to enjoy each others’ company while also giving each other space
  • The importance of communicating and accepting the different daily rhythms you and your spouse may have
  • Root causes of discomfort


Share Your Thoughts

I’d love to know – are you someone who values your alone time or do you prefer being in the company of others? Also, let me know one tip shared in this episode that you plan on trying out in your relationship!


Links mentioned in the episode:

Spouse in the House: Rearranging Our Attitudes to Make Room for Each Other

Cynthia Ruchti’s Website

Becky Melby’s Website

Fill My Cup, Lord FB Page

Facebook: @CynthiaRuchtiReaderPage; @becky.melby.9

Twitter: @cynthiaruchti

Instagram: @cynthiaruchtiauthor; @beckymelbybooks


Find more information about Our Guest

Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events, retreats, writers’ conferences, and workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.” 

Ruchti’s more than thirty books have garnered reader, retailer, reviewer, and other industry awards. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers is a founding board member of the Deliver Hope ministry and is part of the worship team at her church. She’s also a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. 

Ruchti and her husband, Bill, live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren. 


Becky Melby has authored more than twenty novels and novellas. Spouse in the House is her first non-fiction book release. 

The Melbys have four sons and fifteen grandchildren and make their home in southeastern Wisconsin. When not writing or spoiling grandchildren, she may be found touring the country with Bill in their camper or on their Honda Gold Wing motorcycle.


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