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Nurturing Your Marriage {Living Proverbs 31}

When is the last time you put a little extra effort into showing your spouse how much you care? 

Not a reflex text of I love you. 

Not a daily leaving-for-work hug.

Truly putting in some extra effort.  Something he/she won’t expect.  A little something that definitely takes some planning. 

I’m creating a list of ideas I plan to implement starting next week!   

Let’s share ideas on how we can surprise and show our love.  What have you done lately?

Do you have a post about it? I’d love to read it!!

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Love from mom {Living Proverbs 31}

A couple of posts stood out to me from last week.

I have to say thank you for sharing!!  Do you know someone that would be a great addition to our link up? Please ask them to swing by.  Do you have a popular post from a few months or years ago that would fit?  It could be that someone needs to read it.  Link it up! 

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Okay.  I’m being 100% honest with you.  This one brought me to tears and it’s the only feature I’ll be sharing this week.  Mostly because I can’t seem to move past it to talk about something else right now. 

I love, love, love hearing about a parent that works hard to show her children how much she loves them. 

You need to read this.  I can’t even summarize her words here.  There is no need. 

Without further commentary, here is Debbie from Living in the Light and her post ‘create “I love you” moments with your kids.’

parenting, kids, I love you

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Through ALL things {Into the Word Wednesday}

A few months ago I felt like the world around me was caving in.

I tried counting my blessings.  I tried just powering through everything. 

The truth is I didn’t really have anything to complain about other than the sheer amount of work I was doing.  No one in the family was ill.  Nothing catastrophic was happening. 

In my head though I wasn’t keeping up.  My mind and body were in shut down mode. I didn’t want to do anything. I was ready to quit everything and start from scratch. 

With another semester until hubby’s graduation, quitting was impossible. 

Then I heard this…

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Oh!  Through ALL things.  ALL things.

I was still very happy being a wife and a mom.  I simply wasn’t happy with the amount of work I had to do. 

Then I did the unthinkable. 

I volunteered my time.  Time I already felt I didn’t have. 

Volunteering.  Giving time away. 

With money tighter than ever (like when we were newlyweds and broker than broke), it seemed almost silly. I could be using that time to work more hours, clean my house more, relax even.  

The co-founder of the organization was overwhelmed when I met her.  A large group of us showed precisely when she needed us.  She had a lot of promises from a lot of people.  People I went though orientation with that fell off the face of the planet shortly after the meeting.

I’m not saying that volunteering solved my grumpiness but it certainly did put things in perspective. 

I was needed and it wasn’t ‘work.’  Well, I was still working but somehow it didn’t feel like work.  It felt like serving.  It was serving.  It was an example to my kids that it’s not always about the money.  I’ve explained to the oldest and even had him help out.

I feel I was led there.  I had thought about it for a few years and at a time when I thought I couldn’t handle another plate in the air…it all came together flawlessly. 

I started doing something new that I’m very passionate about at a time when I already felt overwhelmed. 

He can do amazing things.  By listening and doing as I was led, He filled my life in a new and amazing way!

Are you feeling a tug in a direction you are unsure of?  My advice?  Listen and follow!!  <—–  tweet

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Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

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Falen at Upward Not Inward

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Why some friendships work {Living Proverbs 31}

Some friendships work because…

  • you are experiencing live together through work, school, or any number of other activities. 
  • although you are technically family, you also get along as friends.
  • it stood the test of time. You’ve had your ups, your downs, and now there is a lifelong friendship that will never fade.
  • you believe in the same ideologies.
  • no matter how much time passes, it’s as if no time passed at all. 
  • she’s the sister you never had {you know who you are}!
  • you are the same amount of crazy.  You are so similar it’s eery yet it’s so comfortable at the same time.  You get each other.

There are many, many other types of friendships and reasons they work. 

Think about the friendships in your life.  How are you nurturing them? <—– tweet

I had a great conversation with my ‘same amount of crazy’ friend last night because we have similar interests.  It was awesome! 

Here are some ideas for you! 

Talk on the phone, email, send a card through snail mail, get a cup of coffee together, support your friend in their endeavors, love them from afar if that’s all you can do right now.

What are you doing today to nurture a friendship?

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Story {5 Minute Friday}

It’s happening all around you.

Every single day.

What happens today will help determine the future.  Your words, actions, and attitude will shape each and every page. 

It’s always there.  Growing, changing, evolving….

Your story.  The story of your lives.  The story your children will remember and share with their children. 

Will your story be…

  • short or long?
  • depressing or exciting?
  • intertwined with the love of family and friends?
  • full of extraordinary experiences?
  • filled with regret?
  • a paragraph or a novel?
  • your best work or your worst?

There are so many things that make up your story.  What will you do today to shape it, change it, or nurture it? 

The very last page of your story will be your obituary.

Based on today, what do you think it will say? 

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Write for 5 minutes only.  Go ahead, start…..NOW!

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