Posts Tagged ‘family’

Love Tip

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Surround yourself with people who genuinely love you and tell you what you need to hear, even if it’s not what you want to hear!

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Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

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Last Chance!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Last Chance 2014Don’t miss out on the opportunity to partner with us here at Foundation Restoration in restoring the foundation of society — marriages! Click here to read a letter from our Founder and CEO, Ashley McIlwain, letting you know what we’ve been up to and some exciting things planned for 2015!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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

Do you have any fun summer plans?

I’ll get us started …

This summer Steve and I will mostly likely be staying local. Having just bought our first home, our time, energy, and money are all being poured into getting it settled and just the way we want it. Having waited nearly six years for our first home, we’re quite content with that being our summer plans. We do have a couple of small trips planned that aren’t far from home, and we have family members coming in to stay with us too, which will be so much fun! Honestly, I think it’s going to be the perfect summer for us!

Okay, it’s your turn!

Congratulations to our April Talking Tuesday winner … Kristen!!! We love hearing from you all, so keep joining us for your chance to win this month’s giveaway!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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

How do you think others view your marriage?

I’ll get us started …

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.

Okay, it’s your turn!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

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It’s always tough just picking one because this time of year is rich with traditions and memories attached to those traditions. Plus there’s the fact that there are traditions from growing up with each of our families as well as my husband’s and my own traditions. I think I’ll choose a tradition Steve and I have created together.

Since we are the ones traveling each year to see our families, we never get to be at our home for Christmas. Because we’re usually in the air or on the road, we decided not to tote our Christmas gifts for each other along for the ride. Instead, we started doing our own Christmas night before we take off each year. We make dinner, sip on cups of hot cider and cocoa, get our Christmas jammies on, and open up gifts side by side. It’s a sweet little night that we look forward to each year. Hopefully at some point we’ll get to enjoy Christmas in our own home, but for now, we enjoy this pre-Christmas night together.

Okay, it’s your turn!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Make A Difference graphicTalkingTuesdayShare your thoughts, feelings, and stories as well as respond to others regarding these questions:

What is the most challenging part of being with you and your spouse’s (or significant other’s) families for the holidays? How do you handle those challenges?

I’ll get us started …

Fortunately Steve and I both love each other’s families. We definitely hit the jackpot in the family department, but nonetheless, you put a bunch of people under one roof that haven’t been in a while for more than a few days, and things can get a little interesting. Especially once you get married and the dynamics change, it seems like a puzzle you have to piece together – how does everyone’s new roles fit together?

For Steve and I, I think we’ve both just had to learn how to create space for just the two of us amidst family time. We’re used to it being just the two of us, and it’s hard to adjust to no quality time for a week (or more) at a time. Both of us have quality time at the top of our love language list, so I think we tend to get a little irritated (with ourselves, each other, and our family) when we don’t have that time together. So, we’ve started carving out small chunks of time for us to get in that qt. Sometimes that means dinner with some friends, a walk just the two of us around the block, or running a few errands together to get out of the house. We know family time is limited so we want to maximize that, but we still know that those quick pockets of us time help us stay in good spirits, which in turn helps us make the most of our family time.

Okay, it’s your turn!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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

When do you and your spouse/family typically decorate for Christmas?

I’ll get us started …

Steve and I love Christmas, and we’re not shy about admitting it! For us, the sooner we can decorate, the better. So, typically, we get out all of our indoor decorations and outdoor lights, and put those up the weekend after Halloween. We get a live tree; so unfortunately, we have to

be more patient with getting that up and decorated. Most places don’t start selling them until after Thanksgiving, so we head out as soon as we get home from our Thanksgiving travels to get one. We have a fun tradition of picking out our tree, ordering pizza, and decorating with Christmas music blaring. Of course we cap it off with hot cider (for Steve) and hot cocoa (for me).

Some people think that decorating and getting Christmas festivities underway so quickly undermines Thanksgiving, but we don’t feel that way at all. If anything, it gets us in the perfect, thankful spirit for Thanksgiving. We thoroughly enjoy Thanksgiving and make the most of it, but we have the added bonus of also enjoying Christmas as long as possible too 🙂

Okay, it’s your turn!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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What are your plans for celebrating Thanksgiving this year? What are you looking forward to the most?

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Every Christmas and Thanksgiving my husband, Steve, and I alternate between our two families. Having his parents in the bay area of California and mine in Pennsylvania, it was the only fair formula we could come up with. Based on that rotation, we will be spending Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania with my family this year, and I couldn’t be more excited! There really is no place like home, and I can’t wait to enjoy my mom’s traditional Thanksgiving feast while spending time with the family! What I’m looking forward to the most though is being with my entire family! As we get older, it gets more and more difficult for my three sisters and me to all wind up in the same place (we all live in different states), but this year that’s exactly what will be happening. All 9 of us will be bunking up in my parents’ home tucked up in the scenic mountains of Central Pennsylvania catching up, laughing, and just enjoying our time together. My heart is so full just thinking about it 🙂

Okay, it’s your turn!

LAST CHANCE to WIN this month’s special Month of Gratitude GIVEAWAY!!!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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

Form an acrostic of things you appreciate about your spouse, family, and/or life with the word “THANKFUL”? Feel free to explain your word choices.

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T – Trustworthy: How thankful I am that I can trust my husband enough to be vulnerable with dreams, fears, thoughts, ideas, and emotions that I otherwise wouldn’t share with someone.

H – Health: What a blessing it is to have our health. So many are fighting for their lives out there, and it’s easy to take our health for granted.

A – Awesome: I have an awesome family that I can share with, talk to, laugh with, cry with, and count on to pray, support, and encourage me no matter what.

N – Noble: This is a word that describes my husband well. I am so thankful for the godly man that he is!

K – Kindhearted: I feel like this describes my husband and my family so well! I honestly have never met a kinder, more thoughtful, generous, and loving bunch than my loved ones, and I so admire that about them!

F – Fun: My husband, Steve, and I have the best time together! Whether it’s grocery shopping, watching a movie, traveling, and everything in between, we have a blast together, and I love that!

U – Understanding: I appreciate that I can go to my husband, family, and friends and find understanding there. There’s something about knowing they are listening and care that makes the burdens of life that much lighter.

L – Love: To love and be loved is simply one of the greatest joys of life.

Okay, it’s your turn!

Gratitude Talking Tuesday Giveaway Details

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