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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day from us to you!
… and the greatest of these is LOVE. –1 Corinthians 13:13

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Love Tip

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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Quote of the Day

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Do not pray to marry the one you love, but to love the one that you marry. –Spencer Kimball

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Quote of the Day

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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

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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?

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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.

Okay, it’s your turn!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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?

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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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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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

Are you looking forward to Valentine’s Day? Why or why not?

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Yes, I am looking forward to Valentine’s Day for many reasons.  Granted, I feel like this is a holiday that faces lots of criticism from folks who feel it’s contrived, or a “Hallmark” holiday that merely forces people to spend money on a made-up, overly pink day. Nonetheless, I love it! I love any day that encourages thoughtfulness and intentionality in relationships! So, while it may be a slightly unnecessary and contrived holiday; it’s a great excuse to take time to show your spouse that you love him/her. To be extra romantic and expressive. That’s just my opinion. What do you guys think?

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Noteworthy: I Won’t Give Up

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Noteworthy

By Ashley McIlwain

I may not be considered among the old and wise yet, but I have experienced quite a bit in my rather brief life up until this point. Oftentimes I feel as though I am somewhat of an “old soul” because of the things I have been through, learned, and experienced. While I still have a long way to go, there is one thing I have discovered to be true: life is a journey that requires patience, grace, and love. And love itself requires the most patience and grace of all of life’s journeys.

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In our western culture, we often demand and expect instant gratification. Most products and services cater to our crazy, hectic, and busy lifestyles on the go, and we’ve come to mandate nothing less. Unfortunately, that mentality has spilled over into our marriages, families, and relationships. We want a self-serving, drive-thru, instant gratification kind of life, but that’s the opposite of what relationships require.

Love needs nurturing and patience. It is a marathon not a sprint. Slowly it blossoms and grows establishing deeper, stronger roots all the while. The more we love it and care for it, the stronger and more radiant it becomes. This requires patience, endurance, and determination. All of the blood, sweat, and tears though are well worth it because the rewards of a true and lasting love and marriage far outweigh any of life’s other offerings.

There’s a song that I think captures the ebbs and flows, ups and downs, and patience that love requires. It talks of the journey of determination, grace, endurance, and perseverance in a beautiful, unwavering way. Honestly, I adore this song and its captivating lyrics about a bold yet tender and tenacious love and just know you will too. It’s called I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz.

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Take a listen, and let me know what you think …

 

Somebunny Loves You

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Happy early Easter everyone!

Hopefully you all have some fun and wonderful celebrations planned with loved ones for this special holiday of hope! If you’re like me, you’re probably putting the finishing touches on your preparations. This year we’re headed to church with a group of friends, and then I’m making a big feast for us all to follow. Honestly, I cannot wait!

Something else that my hubs and I do is exchange Easter baskets. Yes, we’re way too old for these antics, but what can I say? We’re two overgrown kids who happen to love to do silly, fun, and childish things. We think it keeps things fresh and fun. That’s our story, and we’re sticking too it 🙂

Anyway, whether you’re writing a card out to your love bunny or creating a basket of treats, I created a little printable for you to include with your goodies. You can print it off and write a sweet, personal note on the back for your spouse, kids, parents, siblings … anyone and everyone! Enjoy, and Happy Easter!

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You can CLICK HERE to download this!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

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