Monday, July 25, 2011

Love Week-Make an Effort

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This week the husband and I will celebrate nine years of marriage.  I've been nostalgic all weekend thinking about how blessed I am to be married to such an incredible man.  I thought I'd share lessons learned through marriage all week because, well, I'm kind of sappy.  And I want to remember some of the moments that have defined us as a couple.  And I want to remind myself of the things I need to work on.  I'm sure there won't be much that is new to you, but I hope you'll indulge me this week.

So without further ado: lesson #1.  The more effort I put into my marriage, the more rewarding it is.  I will admit there are times I have been lazy in my marriage.  I've taken for granted the fact that we have little conflict, and I've used the excuse of the kids zapping me of all energy to not focus on the husband at the end of a long day.  But the times that I can set my long days aside and really have a good conversation when the husband gets home, I feel so much happier in our relationship.  The times when I try to be more thoughtful to make life easier for him, to anticipate his needs, to serve him beyond the normal everyday things that are always done, I feel a great increase of love for him.  I love the above sentiment- so many things in life are ordinary, our love should not be one of them.  Time has taught me that relationships become ordinary when efforts decrease.  Today's challenge for me and for you: leave the ordinary for the amazing.

Happy Monday!


Hannah said...

Congrats to you and great advice!!

Emily and Jaime at Everyday Art said...

Um, so your blog is amazing. :) I found it through Narrating Life, and it really is so inspiring. I've found your last few posts to be very timely and motivating to me. Thank you.