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?

I’ll get us started …

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

Okay, it’s your turn!

Congratulations to last month’s winner … Shannon!!! We really do love hearing from all of you, so please continue to join our weekly discussions and to invite your friends to join us too!

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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”

  • Rick Says:

    I personally love flowers and when the first bright Crocus of spring appears, it feels like resurrection from a long dreary season. If we men could visualize our wives as flowers, soft, beautiful petals of delight, we would think before saying words that would crush them, and spend more time treating them as though they are the bouquets of our lives. God surely did create quite the wonderful, sensual, fragrant analogy when he created them both. Carnations…my dear wife’s favorite flower,…perchance a bouquet to take home to her…..

    • Ashley McIlwain Says:

      Rick, it’s amazing how those first, fresh spring flowers bring such life and cheer with them! A good reminder of the Easter season, and how the Lord was resurrected and brings life to us! I must say, I am pretty blown away and in love with your analogy of women to flowers. What a sweet way to look at your wife … as a precious flower that needs tender love and care! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful thought with all of us! I’m sure your sweet wife will appreciate your thoughtful gesture of bringing her some carnations 🙂

  • Meredith Says:

    I agree! I love fresh flowers. I don’t have them in a vase nearly as often, but that is a goal of mine this spring! It it amazing what some fresh flowers can do for a room! My favorites are gerbera daisies ; ) Scott absolutely knows this is my favorite flower. Any bouquet I get from him will always have them included ; ) (and sunflowers because he says my eyes look like sunflowers ).

    • Ashley McIlwain Says:

      Meredith, it can be tough to keep up with fresh flowers, but they sure are worth the “hassle” I think. Hopefully this spring you can enjoy some in your home! Gerbera daisies are definitely beautiful and cheery flowers! They happen to be my best friend’s favorite too, so good choice 🙂 How sweet that Scott knows those are your favorites and throws in sunflowers and sweetness just to make it all that much more thoughtful! Thanks for sharing!

  • Delta Says:

    Hydrangea and peonies are my favories…either separate or together. They just look so romanitc to me!

    • Ashley McIlwain Says:

      Delta, I looked up both of those, and they are gorgeous! They definitely have a romantic look to them! Now I want to go find some for my house 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Shannon Payne (@SimplySaidMom) Says:

    Wow, flowers… let’s see… I am not a green-thumb by any stretch of the word, so we don’t do many fresh flower arrangements in our house! When my husband was deployed 27 out of 48 months, he was great about surprising me with roses on special occasions (and believe me we missed out on many). I think there are even a few dried flowers around here somewhere lol. Overall, my husband is pretty good at knowing just how to make me smile…. flowers, a sweet kiss, loving gestures…. he’s just an awesome man!

    • Ashley McIlwain Says:

      Shannon, thanks for sharing! I don’t know how husbands and wives like you do it with deployment! You guys are amazing, and my hat goes off and my gratitude goes out to you for all the sacrifices you make! I love that your husband is so good at knowing what brings a smile to your face and love to your heart! It’s refreshing to hear such kind words spoken about a husband 🙂 Good for you guys!