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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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What is one thing you are thankful for today?

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It’s always tough to pick just one thing I’m thankful for because the Lord has been so good and gracious to me. He’s blessed me with so much, and it’s difficult to limit His goodness to just one thing. For the sake of this “exercise” though, the one thing I am thankful for today is that God has given me the most wonderful earthly partner to do this life with – my husband Steve. God knew just what I needed, and although the road was bumpy in finding in him, I am so thankful I was patient and strong enough to wait for God’s best. My husband is such a wonderful companion, co-pilot, best friend, and leader, and his love for me constantly points me back to God’s love for me. My marriage, my husband – they are the greatest blessings in my life, and I am beyond thankful that the Good Lord entrusted me with these treasures!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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What cologne or perfume do you and your spouse/significant other wear?

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Did you know that your olfactory system has one of the strongest memory associations? Meaning scents carry with them memories and ties to people and places. It’s amazing how our sense of smell can transport us and orient us. So, for me, when I get a waft of Nautica or Acqua di Gio, I immediately think of my husband because that’s what he wears. For me, I typically have on Viva La Juicy, or currently I’ve been wearing Coach Poppy. Steve and I have this thing though where we buy a new scent before we go on a big trip, like our Italy and Greece excursion. That way from that point on, whenever we smell that scent, we are whisked off to memories from that trip. It’s a fun thing that we started on our honeymoon, and we love it!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

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How have you seen the importance of marriage in your own life?

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Growing up in a home where my parents stayed married and committed to one another, I couldn’t imagine having it any other way. My parents were my anchor growing up. Though they had their arguments and rough spots, they persevered, and I can see now, as an adult, how influential and necessary that was in my life. Having that strong and steady marriage as an example was the foundation of my life from my faith to the pursuit of my dreams to how I related to others.

Now I am married myself, and I have a different perspective on marriage … a firsthand one. Having my husband by my side is, again, like an anchor in my life. I know that I never have to face the good or bad alone. I have a best friend, co-pilot, fellow adventurer, lover, and confidant. Daily I see God’s grace and goodness through my husband. To have someone to pray for me, love me, and keep me accountable is such an indescribable blessing. Marriage has refined me and continues to teach me so much about who I am, who I want to be, who God wants me to be. It’s the thrill of a lifetime and truly the foundation of my life.

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

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What do you wish your spouse understood about you, your wants, needs, etc.?

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My husband is incredible, and I thank God every day for the man that he is! That being said, he is human (as am I), and there are times where I get frustrated wishing he thought the way I did (even though I know that’s the beauty of marriage). One thing I wish Steve understood about me (and I know a lot of you women out there are going to shout a, “Hallelujah!” at this one) is that I don’t want him to fix my “problems” and pains by in large but to enter into them. To sit with me in a rough moment I’m having and just hold me. Or when I’m crying because of something that’s hurt me to have him genuinely empathize and “hurt” with me. Granted, I love that my husband is a man so I don’t want him to quite be the emotional mess that I can be from time to time, but it’s just that deep connection that comes when someone “gets it” and genuinely feels with you.

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

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Is your spouse at all like your Mom or Dad? Why or why not?

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My husband, Steve, is very different from my dad. While I love my dad to pieces, Steve is a lot of the things I always wanted my dad to be. He’s very playful and funny, and he’s always up for a new adventure big or small. He’s extremely patient, never grumbles, and is always ready to lend a helping hand happily. Steve is super outgoing and loves being around people, which is great since I do too.  Also, Steve is very athletic and loves sports. These are all pretty opposite from my dad. On the flip side though, my dad is super handy and can fix anything, and let’s just say, Steve isn’t so “fix-it” inclined or interested.

What they do share is a love for the Lord and a love for their families. Both my dad and Steve are hard workers. They are both full of integrity, and I trust them completely. Honestly, I’ve never met two men who are more incredible, and I have such an unbelievable amount of respect for both of them as they are truly blessings in my life!

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Noteworthy: Begin Again

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Noteworthy

Most of us have been in a relationship at some point in our life where we felt unappreciated, unloved, and undesired. Rather than being wooed and affirmed, you’re left convincing the person to love you and see that you are valuable, precious, and worthy of being treated with respect. It’s lonely, painful, and damaging.

I was definitely in a relationship like this before, and I had nearly lost all faith in the existence of my “fairytale.” It wasn’t that I was looking for perfection or unrealistic, but I had always hoped for and believed in finding someone that I loved and adored and who felt the same way about me. My best friend that adventured through life with me. Someone to laugh, cry, and just be with through all of life’s turns and swerves. That person that pushes you to your full potential while supporting you in a loving embrace. This vision and dream was but a mere flicker at one point because of the relationship I had subjected myself to.

Then, I met my husband. Quickly my flicker became a flame, and I found that all of my hopes and dreams for a lifetime partner were not only realized but exceeded. What a treasure and blessing it is to find the one that your heart loves. That person who makes you dream, hope, anticipate, strive, and believe.

Taylor Swift

There’s a song by Taylor Swift off of her latest album, Red, that always stirs gratitude within me. I’m reminded of the brokenness and loneliness I once felt and the excitement and joy that my husband brought me when he came into my life. The song is called Begin Again, and it’s a message of hope. Hope that love exists and that, if you’re willing to be patient, diligent, and wise, someone who is deserving will come into your life.

I will leave you with this thought: God wants the best for you. Sometimes we settle and compromise for less than that, but God wants you to have faith in His plans for your life. ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ (Jeremiah 29:11). If you’re struggling, questioning, wondering, or searching, take it to your Heavenly Father. Whether it seems like it or not, He cares, is listening, and working on your behalf.

Let me know what you think of the song and, well, anything else you might have on your mind. 🙂

 

Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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Anyone doing something fun for the Super Bowl? If so, what? Who are you all rooting for?

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My hubs and I are pretty pumped for the Super Bowl because he is a big 49ers fan having grown up in the Bay Area. While I’m a true blue Steeler’s fan through and through, they obviously aren’t in the Super Bowl, so I’ve elected to cheers for my hub’s team this year. I’m pretty thrilled for him because I know it’s fun to have your team at the big dance.

This year we’ve decided to host a little get together for the Super Bowl. Steve loves to BBQ, so he’s got some ideas planned for that while I’m tackling dessert and some apps. We’re really looking forward to having some friends over and cheering on the 49ers!

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Noteworthy: No One Will Ever Love You

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Noteworthy

By Ashley McIlwain

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that no one will ever love my husband as much as I do. There are so many things I know about him that no one else ever will. Many of his little nuances and mannerisms have only been discovered by me. All of the incredible talents, characteristics, and qualities about him could not be admired or appreciated more than I do. I am his number one fan, and I love that man more than anyone ever could or will.

One of my favorite pictures from Steve's and my wedding day :)

One of my favorite pictures from Steve’s and my wedding day :)

On the new hit show, Nashville, I heard a song that captured the essence of this concept that no one will ever love my husband like I do. The song, in fact, is called No One Will Ever Love You, and the chorus blatantly states, “No one will ever love you. No one will ever love you. Like I do.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

When I play this song, I get whisked away to a place of admiration for my husband. I can confidently say that no one will ever love him like I do. That statement goes beyond a sentiment though. It’s also a bit of a reminder and commitment. I’m not just professing my love for Steve, but it’s also a proclamation that I will live in a way that I’m constantly affirming, confirming, and showing this bold statement to be true. That’s a day in and day out commitment to make him feel loved and adored.

While I know that no one will ever love my husband like me, I want to make sure he knows it too J Anyone else feel the same way?

I hope you all enjoy this song. Let me know your thoughts! Like it? Love it? Leave it?

Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

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What is/was the thing you most look(ed) forward to about getting/being married?

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There were so many things that I looked forward to when it came to getting married. Perhaps the one that stood out most to me was just getting to do life with Steve. He is my best friend and the person I love being with more than anyone else, and I was just so excited that I would always get to have that … to enjoy him by my side for the rest of life.

Already, I have discovered that the companionship and friendship of my husband, Steve, are unparalleled. Through the good times and bad, I am so thankful to get to hold his hand through it all. Whether it’s an adventure, the day-to-day stuff, or the rough times, everything is better with Steve. I’m so thankful to be married to my best friend because life with him is truly the best!

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Noteworthy: Dry Bones

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

By Ashley McIlwain

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to attend the amazing leadership conference, Catalyst West. It was an epic event that was chock-full of incredibly inspiring speakers, music, and fellowship. I laughed, I cried, and I grew in countless ways. At the end of the three days, I felt inspired, enriched, and excited by everything I had the privilege of soaking in.

One of my favorite parts was the discovery of a band I hadn’t heard of before. It was love at first sound. They are this unique and entrancing combination of gypsy meets soul, and the words to their songs obviously flow from the depths of their souls. It’s music that finds its way into your spirit and pours out of your heart.

This band is called Gungor, and if you can’t tell, they’ve won me over. One of my favorite parts about Gungor is that the heart of the band is a husband/wife duo … bonus! While I’m head-over-heels for almost every one of their songs, there are two that just get me every time – Dry Bones and Beautiful Things. Ultimately though, the big winner is Dry Bones. I’m not exaggerating when I say I listen to it at least five times a day. I know, I know … I probably shouldn’t admit to this kind of obsessiveness, but I can’t help it. There’s just something about it that gets into my bones (cheesy pun, but I had to do it because it’s true).

Relevant Magazine did a video of this song with them and the ridiculously cool and talented Kevin “K.O.” Olusola on cello/beat boxing (you read right) that rocks. So check it out, leave a comment letting me know what you think, and purchase the song or album.

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