Don’t Neglect Your Marriage + Date Night Ideas for New Parents

This is Day 8 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information.  Babies are 100% dependent on their parents. They need someone to feed them, change their diapers, … [Read more...]

Love Letters to Your Man: Tell Him Why You Love Him + Free Printable Hearts

Last year I created this Love Letter Scavenger Hunt for my husband. To simplify things this year, I created a template heart so all I have to do is print, cut out, and write a "love letter" on the opposite side of each one. Then, each morning, I sneak a love letter heart into my hubby's wallet, his pants or coat pocket,or his lunch so he's sure to find it some time during the day. Who doesn't like to hear what you love about them? I know I do. This love letter scavenger hunt is a fun, … [Read more...]

6 Steps to Help You Grow in Love for Your Family

Do you struggle to really love your husband & children?Do you want to love your family more but feel you can't?    I've mentioned before that one of my daily prayers is that the Lord will teach me how to love my husband and children more like He loves them. While it's easy to lay the blame on my introverted-perfectionist qualities, the truth is, shortcomings and personality quirks aside, I often neglect to show the little people -- and even the big one -- in my life how much I love them like I … [Read more...]

How I Met My Husband: Or Why You Really Should Listen to Your Parents

 I knew Daniel might be "the one" before I ever laid eyes on him.As a young woman in my 20s, I had dated a few guys that my dad made very clear he did not like or approve of. In my mind, no one was going to be good enough. Until Daniel.It was 2002, and I was 23 years old. I was riding in the car with my parents when my dad very casually mentioned this young man he had hired to work on one of his projects (my dad builds Food Lions & shopping centers)."His name is Daniel Boone," Dad had said. … [Read more...]

Dear Single Woman, On Mother’s Day & Every Day . . .

Photo CreditDear Single Woman, I know you. Not too many years ago, I was you: A single woman in her 20s who'd recently finished college, had a decent job, plenty of social activity, and everything going for her. Except one thing.Marriage was first and foremost in my mind, too, largely because it seemed to be expected of me. At one point, in a moment of desperation, I seriously considered a proposal from someone I knew was not right for me. But thank you, Jesus, for giving me the courage to say … [Read more...]

What My Husband Does NOT Want for Valentine’s Day

Yesterday I posted on the importance of asking your husband what he wants for Valentine's Day.But I bet you might not have thought about what he doesn't want. Lucky for you, I've been thinking about that a little bit lately. Call it an effort to "grow" as a wife, an area that has been weedy and uncultivated as of late.Here's what I'm slowly learning after a little over 5 1/2 years of marriage.My husband doesn't want...A nagging wife  "A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife … [Read more...]

Wives, Have You Asked Your Husbands What He Wants for Valentine’s Day?

Photo Credit: kewlThis week is the week! Valentine's Day is this Thursday! Do you know what your husband wants? Have you asked him?Chances are, if you're anything like me, you've bought gifts for the kids (or at least know what you plan to buy): a cutesy stuffed animal, some chocolate hearts, a fun toy. Children are fun to buy for, and it doesn't require a whole lot of thought to find something they will love. But the hubs? That's a different matter all together.Maybe you haven't even thought … [Read more...]

A Fun Way to Show Him You Love Him: Create a Love Letter Scavenger Hunt

Last week I shared 7 ways to verbally affirm our husbands plus 3 words of caution. This week, as part of the "Be My Valentine Challenge" at Women Living Well, we are being creative in our praise. Let me warn you, I am NOT creative, which is why I have no fashion sense or find it hard to be resourceful. I'm all about practical and useful, but creative I am not nor will I ever be. Fortunately, my husband isn't so interested in my creativity and likely neither is yours if you find yourself in … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Edify Our Husbands + 3 Words of Caution

Recently, I posted on my one word for 2013. As I consider how to live a life of complete surrender to Jesus, I realize that every aspect of my life--from my relationship to my husband and kids to the completion of my to-do list--must be fully and completely given over to Him. In anticipation of Valentine's Day, I want to spend some time really focusing on my husband and showing him the respect, attention, and affection he deserves. I will be participating in Women Living Well's "Be My … [Read more...]

Pursuing Holiness, Not Happiness, in Marriage

We all want to be happy. In fact, many people think they deserve to be happy. In their quest for happiness, they end relationships when they feel that the other person is no longer meeting their needs. However, when we enter into the marriage covenant, we promise to honor our vows and stick with our spouse "for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health...til' death do us part." Yet, you will not always be happy with your spouse. He will annoy you by leaving the toilet … [Read more...]