Talking Tuesday

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

Valentine’s Day is over, but how do you show and express your love to your spouse or significant other on a regular basis? Is this difficult or easy for you?

I’ll get us started …

One of the biggest ways that I show and express my love to my hubs, Steve, is through notes. I like to leave him cards and post-it notes that let him know he is loved and appreciated. I also try to do little things for him like taking care of a household task he normally does, picking him up something he needs from the store, getting him something small on my errands to let him know I was thinking of him, and telling him how much I love him. In some ways it’s very natural and easy for me to do this because I can’t tell him enough what a wonderful husband he is and how thankful I am for him. At the same time, I do feel like going outside my usual gestures is challenging at times because of how busy life is. It’s hard to carve out the time to think outside the box, but I do want to be better about that. There’s always room for improvement!

Okay, it’s your turn!

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Author :

Ashley McIlwain, MA, LMFTA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Ashley is the Founder and CEO of Foundation Restoration, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which offers a wide range of resources committed to helping relationships thrive. Believing that marriage is the foundation of society, she passionately utilizes her non-profit, therapy, speaking engagements, and writing to prepare, nurture, salvage, and encourage healthy, strong marriages from a biblical perspective. Her past experience includes partnering with Moody Publishers and Dr. Gary Chapman as Managing Editor to launch and develop a website focused on premarital preparation. Her areas of focus include premarital, marital, and individual therapy working through life transitions, relational issues, personal growth, boundaries, restoration, depression, and anxiety. She is certified as a Prepare & Enrich Facilitator, SYMBIS Facilitator, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors as well as the AACC Marriage & Family Division and AAMFT. Ashley loves connecting with, helping, and encouraging people professionally and personally. Her heart is to support those hurting and help them to feel understood, cared for, and hopeful on their path to healing.


8 Responses to “Talking Tuesday”

  • Love, Every Day Says:

    […] Today I’m following right along with our February theme: Love, with a post connecting to the Little Wifey blog about how we express love to our spouse after Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Ashley asks […]

  • Danielle Pressley Says:

    I am sure that there is room for improvement, but I love being able to send texts throughout the day when we are both working and on a break to just let him know that I’m thinking about him. He is always going out of his way to show his love for me and it is an inspiration to me because he is reflecting Christ to me which brings out more of Christ in me! This is how we can appreciate the sacrifice that love requests of us. It’s the only way to live life centered on true love.

    • Ashley McIlwain Says:

      Danielle, thanks for joining this week’s conversation! Texts are definitely a quick, easy, and thoughtful way to show our spouse some love throughout the day 🙂 And yes, Christ’s love is the one true, perfect example of true love!

  • Love, Every Day Says:

    […] I’m following right along with our February theme: Love, with a post connecting to the Little Wifey blog about how we express love to our spouse after Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Ashley asks […]

  • Meredith Says:

    I try to do little things for Scott–leave him notes, or clear off snow from his car if I am leaving for work before he is even awake! (Some think that is the ‘mans’ job, but let me tell you–he is beside himself when he comes out to leave and his car is cleared off!) I, too, will pick up something for him when I am at the store or running other errands–sometimes it’s a treat, or sometimes it’s a new dinner he mentioned he wanted to try. I certainly have room to grow in how I show my love and appreciation. I’m looking forward to reading what others do so I can get some new ideas!

  • Shannon Says:

    Great questions Ashely, especially after a long weekend with the family home due to snow! I’ve answered in my blog post here: http://vintagehousewife.org/#/2014/02/18/love-every-day/