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Letter From a Husband

I wrote this post 2 years ago, and it's one of my favorites. Every woman and wife is different, but we all want the same thing. We want to be appreciated, and loved, and romanced. We give our everything for our family, our friends, and our spouses every day. All we want is to be made to feel special every once in a while. Love the way this husband does that!

Two weeks ago, we had another wedding in the family. It was absolutely beautiful! The bride arrived in a horse-drawn carriage. Her white dress billowing gently in the breeze. They said their vows under a canopy of vines. The blue sky above, the green grass below, and the scent of a hundred varieties of roses all around. Joseph and I kept looking at each other with giddy smiles, remembering our own special day almost 6 years ago.

For so many the romance ends on their wedding day. But it doesn't have to. The beauty of marriage is getting to fall in love with your spouse every day. 

So when I saw this beautiful letter written by…

For My Readers

When I first started this blog five years ago, I made it a point to reply to every comment I would get (since there really weren't that many).  Since then, I've lost sight of replying to all my readers' kind words, and I apologize. That is something I am pledging to do better on from now on. So I have spent the last few hours going back through all the comments you all have left over the last few years and replying to every single one. Because every single one of you have encouraged me and made this blog possible. So thank you for reading. Looking forward to many more years of sharing life and marriage with all of you!

A Beautiful Inheritance

One of my mentors used to always say, "There are only three ways to learn something: by experience, by watching someone else do it, or by reading about it." I used to question her philosophy, but now I wholeheartedly agree.

I grew up during the Girl Power movement. I remember rocking out in my room to Imani Coppola as she sang "need no man to pay for anything." Alanis Morissette, Gwen Stefani, and The Spice Girls all showed my young, wide-eyed self that to truly be a strong, independent woman like them, I would have to hide my heart from every man. They may not have voiced it outright, but the message they sent my tender heart was clear: marriage and family was designed by men to keep women at home and from reaching their full potential. I was free to date and sleep with any man I wanted, just as long as I didn't get my heart stolen in the process.

My home life didn't help things out. My parents never showed each other affection, physical or otherwise. There …

A Beautiful Exchange--Part Three

When all this started, I spent two weeks in bed unable to move much or even listen to loud noises, since almost everything would trigger a panic attack.

While I lay there for those two weeks, I felt the Lord telling me to share my struggles with others, especially those I trusted to pray. It was not easy. To admit to another human being that I was too weak to get to the toilet without help is so embarrassing! And worse was to admit that I had no answers for what was wrong. But instead of blaming me for something I was not doing or telling me to try this remedy or that, they encouraged and sympathized and best of all prayed with and for me. Middle of the afternoon or middle of the night, if I felt a panic attack coming, I would send my trusted few a quick text to pray and I could immediately feel peace in my heart. The best part was that it opened up my friendships with these few friends in a way I couldn't have imagined. My need gave them a way to show me their love. I was giving t…

To Do or Not To Do

The last few days I've been listening to a book I wouldn't normally read and have been inspired to re-evaluate my priorities again because of it. This process reminded me of this post I wrote on February 2014. I was glad that I had actually put into practice a lot of the things I had purposed to do and kept going strong in them. There are a few of things that I haven't been able to do this year (working-out, traveling, and such) because of health issues, but I have been able to fill my life (for the most part) with people, activities, and objects I truly love. I'm re-sharing the post to encourage you all, dear readers, to do the same!

At the beginning of this year I made a commitment--a commitment to not commit, because what I don't do with my time is just as important as what I do.

I will not do housework when I would rather be reading or crafting (this is sooo difficult!).

I will not sign up for any volunteer opportunities just because no one else is. 

I will not mee…