John’s Brilliant Idea, Part 2 stumbled across an online compatibility quiz and couldn’t resist taking it. Of course he convinced Beth and Paul to take it, too. Beth has generously volunteered to share some of her responses with you…

How would you rank all the priorities in your life: work, school, family, spouse, friends, hobbies, and church? Does your ranking reflect the amount of time you spend on each?

Spouse & family are too close to call, then comes friends, work, and hobbies. Which means I should probably spend more time with my mom. 

Do you think being in love means: (1) Never having to say you’re sorry, (2) Always having to say you’re sorry, (3) Knowing when to say you’re sorry, or (4) Being the first to say I’m sorry?

3— I’ll say sorry when it’s my fault, but don’t expect me to take all the blame all the time. Been there, done that.

Do you want children? When? How many? Would you feel unfulfilled if you were unable to have children?

Yes, I’d like 2 kids someday. As an only child, I missed having a sibling, but I think too many kids leads to a shortage of individual attention. I would probably be devastated if I couldn’t have any kids.

Do you anticipate raising our children (1) The same way you were raised, (2) Completely differently from the way you were raised, or (3) A mixture of both?

3— My mom did the best she could, and I had a good childhood. That being said, I’d like to give my own kids a better one. 

Whenever we have difficult feelings about each other, should we (1) Remain silent, (2) Say something as soon as the difficult feelings arise, (3) Wait a certain amount of time before raising the issue, or (4) Do something else? If so, what?

3— In my experience, it’s a good idea to take some time and space to consider what’s going on before trying to talk it out.

Is there anyone close to you who feels we should not get married? Why?

Several people in my life—friends, coworkers, even my mom—disapprove of my current relationship. But they are wrong, blinded by prejudice. And when they’ve forced me to choose between them and the men I love, they lose.


John’s answers were posted Monday here, and Paul’s responses will follow later this week. In the meantime, don’t forget to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win some fun Wholly Trinity swag!

Questions borrowed and/or adapted from Emmalee Schallenberger and 276 Questions To Ask Before You Marry.

Beth’s Brownies

I confess to you now I am a brownie whore. A junkie, even. I can’t go very long without a fix. But I ask you, what’s not to like? That thin, satiny skin on top that flakes off like gold gilt… the chewy, moist texture of the center that cements your teeth together in the most satisfying way… the pure, magical chocolatiness. You can’t really screw up chocolate, but a brownie truly takes it to another level.

— Beth, from Nine Dates


Like Beth, I’m a big fan of brownies. It might just be genetic… here’s my great-grandmother’s recipe for making them from scratch (published in an old church cookbook).

Cream ½ cup butter, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup cocoa. Add 2 beaten eggs. Add ½ cup flour, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add 1 cup chopped nuts if desired. Bake in a greased pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Admittedly, dumping eggs and oil into a pre-boxed mix might be a little easier, but trust me, this recipe is pretty simple. And yummy!

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