Love, Laughter, and Classic Marriage

In this episode:

Join host Michelle Rayburn and her husband, Phil Rayburn, as they share insights and playful banter about their 34-year marriage. They discuss intentional date nights and the value of communication. Tune in for a fun game of "would you rather," their preferences in various scenarios, and a glimpse into their relationship dynamics. Having fun together is one of their secrets for a long marriage. Don't miss out on this heartwarming and candid conversation about love and marriage. Subscribe to Michelle's mailing list on Substack for bonus gifts and explore more resources in the Life Repurposed magazine. (Paid subscribers get chapter 1 of Michelle and Phil's book Classic Marriage !)

Play on Podbean, Listen on Your Favorite Podcast App, or Play Below


Michelle Rayburn is an author and podcast host who helps others find hope in the trashy stuff of life. She has an MA in ministry leadership and writes Christian living books, humor, and Bible studies. Together with her husband, they've raised two sons and gained two daughters-in-law—plus three granddaughters (go estrogen team!) and a grandson. Dark chocolate, an iced coffee, and a good book in the hammock top Michelle's favorites list.

Key Ideas

Primary Topic: Introduction and Background

  • Michelle Rayburn introduces the episode as a re-broadcast featuring an interview with her husband, Phil Rayburn.
  • The episode focuses on their book "Classic Marriage" and insights into their 34-year marriage.
  • The couple's commitment to intentional date nights and playing board games is highlighted.

Primary Topic: Date Night Preferences and Activities

  • The couple shares their preference for staying in for date nights as empty nesters, compared to when their children were younger.
  • Discussion around playing board games versus watching a movie during date nights is explored.
  • Cell phones and electronic usage during date nights and the need to set boundaries are discussed.

Primary Topic: Communication in Marriage

  • The importance of communication in marriage is emphasized by the couple.
  • Differences in opinions on responding to messages and managing cell phone usage are highlighted.
  • The couple’s preference for effective communication and finding time to communicate, especially for parents of teenagers, is addressed.

Primary Topic: Game of "Would You Rather"

  • The couple engages in a game of "would you rather" to showcase playful banter and insights into their marriage.
  • Topics ranging from preferences in hypothetical situations to working styles are discussed.

Primary Topic: Personal Preferences

  • Michelle and Phil share their preferences for various scenarios, such as spending money, working styles, and time travel.
  • Insights into their differing perspectives are highlighted, revealing their differences in the relationship.

Other episodes to check out:

Episode 30: Love Isn’t Only for One Day of the Year

Episode 127: Practical Marriage Tips for the Crazy Life


Book by Michelle and Phil – Classic Marriage: Staying in Love as Your Odometer Climbs

Life Repurposed Substack Magazine and Bonuses

Life Repurposed is where midlife meets inspiration, practical guidance, and renewed purpose amid life’s evolving chapters. We navigate faith questions and messy, uncertain twists with humor and a commitment to pursue treasure, even in the trashy stuff.

Sign up for the free magazine, emails about new podcast episodes, and community connection. Plus, there's an opportunity to subscribe to bonus content.

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission. I sell my books via Amazon but I’m also a part of their “Associates” (i.e. affiliate) program which pays a commission on books and any other Amazon products people purchase via my links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Content copyright

Support the Show


Are you a podcaster? Castmagic has increased my productivity via the use of AI to repurpose my long-form show audio into ready-to-use content assets, instantly. Upload your Mp3, download transcripts, notes, summaries, highlights, and more.



Posted in Articles, Books & Resources, Podcast Episodes.