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Celebrating Love {Matrimonial Monday}

It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years!

Yep, we celebrated our anniversary last week.  Looking back over the years, it sure doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.

We have had ups and downs in our lives but there has never been a waver in our love for each other.  Now, that does not mean that we don’t argue or that our life is perfect.

Trust me.  We go through many of the same things you go through!

It’s easier to post each week and keep it uplifting simply because I, too, am always working on bettering my marriage.  After all, that is the purpose of this link up.  To encourage you, to inspire you, and to let you know you aren’t alone out there.

Marriage certainly isn’t all rainbows and puppies.

Marriage takes work.  It requires respect.  It thrives on love.  <—- tweet

So I ask you, how do you celebrate your love outside of your anniversary?  On days other than Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day?

I truly believe marriage and love should be celebrated on a daily basis.  Why?  Because it’s hard on a daily basis!   We should be showing our love through our actions and our words all the time.

We shouldn’t need a Hallmark reminder every once in a while to pick up a card or do something nice for each other.

We didn’t do cards, flowers, or even a fancy dinner this year.  We treated it like any other date night.  We did something we both wanted to do.  We went to a 12 hour class we’d both been wanting to attend.

We also had dinner at our favorite hangout.  It wasn’t steak and fanciness but burgers and live music.  It was very simple but we were together at our favorite place!

It didn’t matter the venue because the company is what made it special. It wouldn’t matter what day it was it would be equally as special. This date night just happened to be our anniversary but it’s one we’ve had many, many other times.  

Chances are it’s not your anniversary.  How can you celebrate your love today? 

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After {5 Minute Friday}

What will be left? 

When all is said and done, what will we leave behind?  Will it be works of great inspiration?  Will it be an advancement in science to cure cancer?  Could it be a legacy of epic proportions? 

It could be any of these things when our time on this earth is over. 

Just as important as any of that, as a mom of little ones, I’m working on leaving lasting memories.  Right now one of the main callings is to care for my sweet children in the best way I can. 

It’s our job as parents to be here, be present, be available.  To make them a priority.   To instill values in them for when that time comes that they are no longer under our roof. 

During the arguments, attitudes, and tears it can be really tough to be a parent.  For a split second we can be tired, fed up, or annoyed.  It is during these times we must to remember that this is part of parenting too. 

Let’s be honest here, parenting is hard.  There is almost nothing easy about it.  <— Tweet

I’m trying to remember that all of it is important.  Because it will shape who they are long after we’re gone.  The memories they’ll have, the lessons we’ve taught them, and the lasting legacy we leave with them will guide them through the rest of their lives.  

Because I don’t know when the after will come, I’m constantly working on this. 

Making it a habit.  A ritual.  Our life. 

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Have something to say about After {5 Minute Friday}?   Here’s how it works.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt “After” with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog’s footer}.

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.

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S = Sunglasses {All About Me}

So here it is.  Quick and easy. 

I’m Kelly and I’m accessory obsessed!  I love shoes, purses, scarves, sunglasses, and jewelry.  If it’s an add-on to an outfit, I love it. 

My main obsession (or fetish according to my husband) is sunglasses. 

I can’t be without them.  I must have a pair with me at all times.  I even have an old pair I wear when swimming. 

Here are just a few.  I say a few but in my defense I rarely spend more than say $15 on sunglasses.  Plus I’ve had most of these for over 10 years.  Oh, and I actually just bought 5 new pairs and all were on clearance for $3 – $5.  

So here are a couple faves….

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Laughter {How to MaintainYour High-Maintenance Marriage}

 

Why did you fall in love with your husband?

Have I ever told how why I fell in love with mine?

I fell in love with him partly because of laughter.  That may sound strange but it is one of the main reasons.

You see, I don’t show emotions like excitement well.  I don’t know why.  It’s as if I’m so excited my heart and mind forgot to share the information with my face.

Whether it’s opening gifts on Christmas morning or having something exciting happening in my life.  I talk about it but it doesn’t show through very well.

Now let me tell you a little about him.

My husband might as well have majored in laughter in college.  He is by far the funniest man I’ve ever met.

We met in middle school.  We were inseparable from 8th grade on.  Best friends.  I mean the kind of best friend you do everything with.  We’d go to movies, theme parks, and even carpooled to school every day.

We always had a great time together.

Fast forward to our first semester in college.  He went away.  I stayed home and commuted.  We didn’t see each other as much.   I started to miss him so much, looking forward to the next time I’d see him.  I realized how much I wasn’t fulfilled in the relationship I was in.  I realized how much I loved him.

Why? 

When he was gone, I didn’t laugh as much.  I didn’t have as fun a life without him as I did with him.  Of course he was still in my life but in a different way.

He always made me laugh.  When I say that he made me laugh, I mean made me belly laugh.   I’ve already told you I don’t do that very often. 

Laughter is such an important part of life, let alone marriage.  It can help keep our marriages fresh.  It’s one way we can relieve tension during the rough times.  It’s how we can keep ourselves from stressing out during busy times of our lives. 

As I’ve said before, things have been a little crazy this past year. 

These days I am sometimes so stretched that I feel like ElastiGirl from the Incredibles.  I feel like if I stretch one more inch I may burst.

What keeps me going?

These days it’s looking forward to an evening of comedy-watching with my husband.  A few times a week we have date night in our living room.  We put on our favorite television comedy, forget for a moment about the world, sit together, and just laugh.

Have you laughed with your husband recently?  Do you joke around?  Play games?  Watch funny movies? 

 

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Check out other perspectives on laughter below!!

Kayse @ KaysePratt.com

Monica @ Elevate Ideas

Emily @ Primitive Roads

Jamie @ Brown Paper and Strings

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Beloved {5 Minute Friday}

As I sit here at the end of Valentine’s Day, I’m reflecting on the day. 

We did a little something special for the kids this morning with fancy Valentine’s Day donuts.  They also received a few little gifts.

It’s not really a holiday we celebrate as a couple.   

We didn’t plan anything.  It’s been a typical night of relaxing after the little ones are in bed.  We had a nice dinner and dessert.  We’re now watching our favorite (current favorite) television show. 

It may not sound special or fancy to some.

To me though, it’s perfect.  I’m so happy to be right here.  I’m happy about the right now. 

It may not be diamonds, fancy dinners, or even a beautiful card. 

It was, however, a gorgeous, single rose and my favorite frozen coffee. 

An unexpected gift.

An unplanned wonderful yet somewhat mediocre evening and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

The love of my beloved is all I need. 

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