The goal of A Prioritized Marriage is to inspire other couples to make their marriage a priority every day, no matter their current stage or situation in life! I believe that you can make time for your marriage and your spouse daily through rituals/traditions, communication and quality time. Your relationship doesn't reach perfection the moment you say 'I do'. If you want a strong marriage, you have to work on it continuously!

A Prioritized Marriage is written for everyone. Whether you're still single and preparing for a future relationship, dating someone and starting to think about marriage, engaged and planning for a future together, or married for any length of time; you can choose to change the future of your relationship and apply these posts to your life now. This is a place to find products, companies, ideas, and stories that will benefit your marriage, no matter what stage of life you are in.

A Prioritized Marriage does not to portray what a perfect marriage should look like, because relationships aren't perfect and no two marriages are the same. The posts that you find here will always be a transparent and honest portrayal of a real married relationship that is constantly growing and evolving. This blog was not written to say what you should or shouldn't be doing in order to have a happy and successful marriage. The purpose of this blog is to encourage couples to look at their own marriages, find areas where there is room for improvement, and set goals to help their marriage relationship reach its full potential!

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Date Moments - These are a smaller scale version of date night. We are firm believers of date moments and the opportunity that they can provide to connect with each other and strengthen your relationship. These moments happen after the kids are in bed, when one or both of you unexpectedly gets time off work, or when previous plans fall through. Your date moments can last anywhere from five minutes to an hour. Some of our favorites include; roof top chats, family walks, star gazing, warm baths in our soaking tub, and making a treat that we get to enjoy together while we talk.

Rituals - These are traditions that are not often consciously planned but that occur on a regular basis. Rituals add meaning to every day routines and provide an opportunities for families and couples to connect and make memories together on a regular basis. Family rituals offer protection to its members and provide them with a sense of security. They also give families a way to connect to each other and the culture from which they come; they give family members a sense of identity and belonging. Some of our rituals include; bedtime with our children, family dinners, watching our favorite Netflix shows together daily, cleaning parties, and date nights with our kids.

I'm Amberly!

A 30 year old woman who refuses to grow up!

I am the voice behind the blog. I have a passion for marriage and family relationships and have a Bachelor's degree in Family Studies with an emphasis on the importance of communication and stress management for healthy relationships. I hope to use my degree to further my goals here on the blog and to become a Marriage and Family Life Educator in my community. I want to share my passion with others and inspire them to become enthused about their own relationships and making them better.

I love everything about being a wife; date nights, taking care of my husband, cooking, planning meals, etc. Music is my other passion; I play the piano and the flute but I get the most joy from singing! Some other things that make me happy include: Showtunes, chocolate, Italian food, traveling, blogging, cooking/baking, the beach, hot chocolate, chick flicks, Gilmore Girls, birthdays and holidays, thunderstorms, planning, musicals, and girl's nights.

He's Joe!

A man who dreams big and takes risks!

Joe's biggest passion in life is finances. Although he doesn't have a degree and has no plans to pursue one in the future, Joe takes the time to read books and educate himself on the way money works. He has converted many people to the Dave Ramsey way of life and hopes to inspire everyone to become debt free. He'll talk to anyone who will listen about the importance of saving for retirement as early as possible and taking full advantage of employer offered 401k and other retirement plans. His dream career is real estate, particularly owning and renting out homes, condos, and/or apartments. 

Politics are his other big passion and he can often be found listening to Glen Beck. His other love is catching people who steal, and he likes to investigate organized retail crime the best. Joe is currently working at a copy print shop, runs Mow Joe Lawn Care and Services, and is working on a few other entrepreneurial endeavors as well. His favorite things include: Coke, golf, The Walking Dead, budgeting money, Mt. Dew Kickstart and Baja Blast, researching investments, Taco Bell, Metamucil and meals that aren't fancy.

This is Bensen!

An energetic boy who taught us just how big love can be!

Bensen is our wild toddler, and the first little love that we added to our family. He has brought so much joy into our little family and steals our hearts more each day. Watching him learn and grow is our favorite and we love his fun little personality! Bensen is always moving and running, which probably explains why he can eat lots of food and still remain in the 1st percentile for weight. Bensen has the best facial expressions, a large and entertaining vocabulary, and is curious about everything going on in the world around him.  His favorite things include: reading books, any form of music, being outside, water, helping clean the house, and being around other people. His most used phrase is, "What is it?" and we're certain that his constant use of it has helped to build his expansive vocabulary.

This is Emmy!

A spunky girl who taught us to enjoy every moment!

Emmy has been keeping us on our toes since the moment that we found out she was on the way. She made her grand entrance into this world two weeks early and we spent the next three weeks balancing our time between the hospital and home, taking care of both of our kiddos and still making time for each other. Despite all of the challenges that this sweet thing has brought, she is a blessing and a bright shining light in our home. Emmy is loud and very active, and is sure to let us know if she feels like she might be missing out on a party that's going on. Her favorite things include: eating, any toys that crinkle or rattle, listening to music, being outside and her mommy, daddy, brother and puppy.

And this is Howie!

A small puppy with a big personality and lots of love to give!

Howie is our fluffy, playful, energetic puppy and we love him, even though he is often our problem child. He is super friendly, loves attention and is the best cuddler. Howie loves to eat Cheerios, watermelon, carrots, hamburger, and pumpkin. His favorite things include: belly scratches, chewing on his bone, playing soccer in the backyard, burying bones and treats, children, other animals and snuggling while he sleeps.

Joe and I have been married since June 7, 2011! We're a quirky, fun loving couple who enjoy spending quality time together. With our busy schedules, getting away for the weekend a couple of times a year has become a priority to us. Some of our favorite couple activities include: late night walks, drinking hot chocolate, barbecuing on our grill, game nights, going out to dinner, watching Netflix and playing with our kiddos and puppy.

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