I’m still smiling!!
We were so busy last week – my little brother got married!! (He towers over me, but he’s only 22 :o) Our days were full of shopping, preparations and visiting with family. It was a wonderful time, but I’m glad things are back to normal. I’m going to spend the next few days resting and finishing up my school planning. I hope to post our curriculum plans later this week.
Have a Terrific Tuesday!
I’ve got all of these thoughts swirling around in my head, but no time to blog. Thankfully, Tiany has given me permission to blog without obligation.
So for now I’ll just share some new-to-me blogs that are very encouraging. convicting & uplifting. We are having a lovely Christmas season – hope you & yours are too!
Today I celebrate 15 years of marriage to my knight in shining armor!
We married fairly young, and we both brought a good dose of pride into our new relationship. I remember someone telling us during that first year to enjoy the honeymoon, because around year 7 is when it all falls apart. (I have a few words for that person if I could just remember who it was.) We decided a couple of years into our marriage to try & live out Ephesians 5. The only downside to this is that no one believes us when we tell them that we have no problems in our marriage!!
These are some little tidbits I’ve gleaned in 15 years:
~It took me a long time to love my Savior more than I love my husband.
~Being equally yoked means more than just marrying a Christian. It means marrying someone who has the same vision/dreams/desires for the future. You are in for a rocky road if one of you wants a life of ministry and the other just wants to warm a pew.
~You should always marry your best friend.
~I’ve learned to hold my tongue when I’m angry. Many, many times God has shown me that my anger stemmed from my own selfishness or jealousy. The few times my anger was justified, I was able to discuss things calmly & lovingly because I cooled off first.
~Jason & I have almost nothing in common: God, Family, Mexican food & the Dallas Cowboys – that’s about it. We are living proof that opposites attract.
~Submission has little to do with action and everything to do with heart and attitude.
(Meaning you can be outwardly submissive to your husband, doing everything he requests & following his lead – BUT if your heart, body language & words don’t match your actions, it is empty & meaningless.)
~A man who knew nothing of babies before he held his own can instantly become a Super Daddy.
~I’m told that my husband is the only one among our crowd who doesn’t have to get a “Yard Pass” to go play with his friends. LOL *yard pass = permission from wife, & is usually accompanied by a long To Do list to be completed upon returning home
Jason, I’m so thankful that God gave me to you! I pray that we have many, many, many more anniversaries – it will take me that long to get my act together ;o) I love you!!!
p.s. For those of you who have raised an eyebrow at my ‘Rangers are Sexy’ blinkie- I do not have a crush on Viggo Mortensen, I am married to Aragorn. Jason has spent his adult life fighting for Truth and Righteousness. He is a bold, caring leader with a thirst for adventure. Funny thing is he wants to be more like Frodo – but who wants to be married to Frodo :o)
You can read my post on How I became Mrs. Jason
If you’ve read this far without dozing off, head on over to Rocks In My Dryer for some great tips!
Was it love at first site? or did it take a little longer…
Let’s travel back to the day we met our spouse.
Is there such a thing as like at first sight? LOL. I first met Hubby through our youth group – I was 17, he was 16. He was in a serious relationship at the time. I was not interested in him at all, but I do remember thinking, “I’d like to marry a guy like that someday.” He was cute, friendly and very respectful of the girls in the youth group.
Our group went on a mission trip the summer after my Senior year and we became fast friends on the trip- he was very funny and a little crazy :o) He & his long-time girlfriend broke up as soon as the trip was over. I was too busy drooling over another guy in our youth group to care, but that next Sunday there was a group of girls crowded around Jason’s dad wanting to know if it was true, is he really available? Our youth minister got a kick out of it and created tickets for “A Date with Jason”. We ran with it & came up with all these silly “date” ideas like washing his car LOL. We decided to test some of them out & that’s when I realized that I might like him more than just a friend. That just complicated things and made it painful to watch him date one of my close friends. Something happened, although I don’t remember what, and we ended up not speaking to each other for several months.
Fast forward to the summer after his Senior year. It’s the week before VBS and we are all at the church building putting in long hours of preparation. We started talking to each other & having fun again. Everyone but the two of us realized that we were perfect for each other, so our friends Jeff & Kama invited us to go out with them after the last night of VBS ( not as a couple, just to hang out) . It ended up being too late because Kama had a very strict curfew, so they went home and Jason & I went to his house. Someone had rented The Princess Bride so we decided to watch it. It was a romantic movie, we held hands, and that was the end of “just friends”. We were engaged 3 months later, and we’ll celebrate our 15th anniversary in October.
[I didn’t know this until several months later, but during that prep week Jason told his friend BJ that he was going to marry me.]
I know you have a great story to tell about how you met your spouse, so run on over to Annie’s and share it!
Click on the photo to see full size – were we just babies or what??
Enjoy these free printables – I hope they grow your walk with God and give you fresh ideas for blessing those near & dear!
See that cute little heart up in the corner? Want one of your very own? Ok, here ya go.
This week’s Works-For-Me-Wednesday has a theme in honor of Valentine’s Day – Love, Sweet Love.
I remember as a newlywed being told that the first year is hard, but just wait until year 7 – that’s when it really starts falling apart! (These encouraging people also believe that teenagers are genetically programmed to be moody, sassy & hate their parents.)
Our first two years of marriage went like this :
-DH doesn’t call to let me know he is going to be much later than expected because he “didn’t think about it”
-I sit up on the couch furious & worried that he’s dead on the side of the road
-He walks in, sees my face, & says “What’s wrong?”
-I reply “Nothing” , which of course is Wife-enese for “You better figure out what’s wrong with me & fix it!”
-He says “Oh, ok!” because
a) surely his wife wouldn’t lie to him &
b) if she did lie, he is not about to give her the satisfaction of playing along with her little game
Does that sound familiar to anyone? Well, we got bored with that rather quickly & decided maybe we should try it God’s way instead. In a nutshell, that means put your spouse before yourself ALWAYS.
Self is such a hard thing to let go of, isn’t it. When do I get a day off? Why should he get to do something with his friends when I’ve been home with the sick kids all week? I’ve had a long day, can’t I just roll over & go to sleep? I’m not in the mood to fix dinner, can’t you just pick something up on your way home?
I am happy to say that after 14 years of marriage, we still haven’t hit that rough patch. We both try to always put each others needs before our own, and amazingly our own needs get taken care of or we realize it wasn’t all that important to begin with.
Warning: Be prepared for no one to believe you if you choose to have a peaceful & happy marriage. I look forward to the day when they also don’t believe that I have well-behaved, thoughtful teenagers who love me!
Speaking of love, you are going to LOVE this sale!
A fellow homeschooler is offering a special on her site to pay off medical debt. You get a variety of items like e-books, discounts to other sites, recipes, a lapbook – 24 special offers in all for the amazing low price of $29.95!! You must hurry because the offer ends February 10th. You can check it out here.