Apr 22 2014

Talking Tuesday

TalkingTuesdayShare your thoughts, feelings, and stories as well as respond to others regarding these questions:

What is one of your favorite physical features of your spouse or significant other? Why?

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As most of you will feel too (hopefully), there are so many things I love about my husband! I think he is the most handsome man ever, so it’s tough to pick just one favorite physical feature of his. That being said, I would have to say his eyes. He has beautiful blue eyes, but my favorite thing about them is how tender and gentle they are. When I look into his eyes, I just feel at ease and comforted. Like I’ve arrived home. It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul, and my husband definitely has a comforting, tender soul that is gentle and kind. Those beautiful blue eyes are definitely one of my favorite physical features of his!

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Apr 20 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! May it be a blessed one filled with the hope and truth that lies within the beautiful sacrifice made and victory offered by Jesus!Easter2014


Apr 16 2014

Quote of the Day

Expressions of love don’t need to be grand; they just need to be sincere. –Ashley McIlwain

Expressions of Love


Apr 15 2014

Talking Tuesday

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What are you doing to celebrate Easter this year? What are you most looking forward to about your celebration this year?

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This year is a little bit of an off year for my husband, Steve, and me. Typically we use Easter as a time to invite people to church with us, and I love making a huge Easter feast for everyone to enjoy together afterward. It’s something I love doing – opening my home up, loving on people, and filling their bellies with a home-cooked meal. This year though, since it’s our first Easter in North Carolina, we probably won’t be doing that. There’s so much going on, that it will probably just be the two of us this year. We’ll go to Easter service like normal, and I’ll most likely still make a big feast but it will just be for the two of us. Although that’s kind of a sad notion in one sense, I do love that Steve and I will have plenty of time to think about, discuss, and savor what Easter is really about … our Savior’s death and resurrection that gives us hope, forgiveness, healing, and purpose. Perhaps a more low-key Easter is just what we need to make sure we are focusing on what this sacred holiday is really all about.

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Apr 1 2014

Talking Tuesday

TalkingTuesdayShare your thoughts, feelings, and stories as well as respond to others regarding these questions:

What are your favorite flowers, and why? Husbands, do you know what your wife’s favorite flowers are? Wives, does your husband know what your favorite flowers are?

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It’s tough to go wrong on flowers because they are all just so beautiful! I love how they just naturally make every day feel bright and cheery when they are around. That’s why I try to keep a vase of them in our place whenever I can. My absolute favorite flower though is a purple tulip. There’s something about their simplicity that I just love. Then as they open up, you see that they are hiding even more beauty inside those delicate pedals. There’s just something about them in my favorite shade that overwhelms my senses with their elegant beauty. And yes, my husband knows they are my favorite flower, although it took him a few years of reminding before he got it. Now I’m fairly certain it’s seared into his mind J

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Mar 11 2014

Talking Tuesday

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Do you find it difficult or uncomfortable to discuss sex … as a married person, a young adult curious about sex, a parent trying to approach the topic with your child, etc.? Why or why not?

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Recently this topic has been coming up a lot in my conversations. Mostly the discussion has been around the ability to discuss or find resources related to marital sex from a Christian perspective whether it be to try and improve a struggling sex life, learn the basics of fulfilling sex, or learning healthy ways to spice things up. The word sex in the Christian community seems to make people either squirm or run for the hills. This seems so backwards to me because God is the Creator of sex, not just for procreation but for pleasure, so why are we the ones ashamed to talk about it? This is something I want to dive deeper into via a series of articles on Foundation Restoration, but I am really curious to hear from you all what your experience has been with the topic. Do you feel you have someone or somewhere to discuss sex within a biblical context and without shame or guilt?

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Mar 6 2014

Quote of the Day

The true definition of love is not about fleeting emotions but a secure, anchored commitment that stands the test of time. –Ashley McIlwain

Anchored


Mar 4 2014

Talking Tuesday

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What kind of date nights do you and your spouse or significant other enjoy? Adventurous? Relaxing? Outdoors? Movies? Let’s all swap ideas for some great date night ideas!

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Steve and I like to switch things up. We are always trying something new, exploring, and making fun memories together. Often times we like to go out and do something. That typically entails trying out a new restaurant – I like holes in the wall, and he enjoys foodie places – so we appreciate a whole spectrum of places, flavors, and atmospheres. We like to go to concerts, so we’ll check out a local band at a small joint, or we’ll hit up a headliner at a big arena. Our music tastes are all over the place so we’ve been to everything from intimate praise and worship concerts to rock to country to pop to folk. Sometimes we opt for a movie theater date so we can snuggle up and split some popcorn. One of my favorite things to do, which isn’t really a date night but a great opportunity for quality time nonetheless, is to get up on a Saturday morning grab some brunch and coffee, and then go for a nice long walk at one of our gorgeous local parks.

Alright, I think I’ve listed enough of our dating exploits. What are some of yours? I’ve very excited to get some new ideas!

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Feb 25 2014

Talking Tuesday

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How do you think others view your marriage?

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I think this is a great question to ask ourselves because it reminds us that others are watching us and are impacted by the success or failure of our marriage. We don’t have kids yet, but if you do, these are the first people you should be concerned about in regards to how they view your marriage. Your marriage is where they learn about love, security, communication, handling conflict, and commitment among many other things and lessons. I would encourage you to even ask your kids how they view your marriage. It could be very eye-opening.

Aside from children, I think it’s good to wonder how your family and friends view your marriage because it can give you insight into your strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes they can see things you can’t. In general I think people would say that they view Steve’s and my marriage as fun, strong, and encouraging. We love each other, and try to model our love after the Lord’s. I believe others see that, and I hope they would see our marriage as a great example of what a biblical marriage looks like. To be honest though, it’s a question I would like to ask our family and friends. To have them be very honest with us because again, I believe there’s a lot of insight that can be gleaned from those who love us and are looking in from the outside.

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Feb 19 2014

Quote of the Day

The most wasted of days is one without laughter. –Oscar Wilde
Senior couple having fun