Living My Wedding Vows in the Everyday

Our vows:

Will you give yourself to your spouse to be her spouse: to love, comfort, honour and protect, and forsaking all others, to be faithful so long as you both shall live? I take you to be my spouse, to have and to hold, from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for the rest of our lives. This is my solemn vow.

Even after being together for 13 years, exchanging our vows in front of our favourite people changed something in our relationship for the better.

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Seven Ways to Build a Marriage that Will Endure All Things

I really like the phrase “Enduring All Things” (from 1 Corinthians 13:7) because love endures all things and so should marriage. I believe that true love, as a choice – not just a feeling – can endure anything. I’m not saying it’s easy, but I am saying that it’s worth it. My marriage is the most important thing to me and ending it is simply not an option. So my husband and I work on it daily.

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It's OK to Say No for the Sake of Your Marriage

When I think about boundaries, I think about setting boundaries to protect your marriage from outside forces. It turns out that you have to protect your marriage from within and essentially, from yourselves first. In order to for the relationship to change, the people in it must change. You can't change your spouse, no matter how or what you're trying to change about them. You have to change your own person if you want your relationship to change.

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Date Night Box Swap with Charlene from Enduring All Things

These dates may have been planned as summer dates, and Joe and I may have rushed to get ours done one night between Bensen going to bed and Emmy needing to be fed, but we still had a lot of fun! (Side note: Date night is difficult when you are still adjusting to a routine with two kids and when your newborn has to eat every 90 minutes to gain weight.) The date that Charlene planned for Joe and I was an ice cream date. But it wasn't just any old ice cream date, we made our own ice cream and decorated the mugs to eat the ice cream in. I loved the creative spin on a regular date night activity.

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Preparing for a Marriage

Wedding season is in full swing and there are a lot of couples out there planning their big day and preparing for their life together. Mary from Eat, Drink and Be Mary is one of those people planning and preparing for her marriage currently. Four years ago, I was just over a month away from my wedding. Today I'm reminiscing and joining Mary to share how planning for a wedding and a marriage affected our relationships.

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How to Write the Perfect Love Note

I am a HUGE fan of love notes in any form, paper, text, e-mail, whatever. It doesn't matter what your love language is, everyone appreciates a little note to let them know they're thought about and appreciated by the one that they love. For some people, writing a good love note may seem intimidating. How do you put all of those feelings you have into words? Love notes don't have to be letters, they can be as short and sweet as you want and they can take on any form. Get creative and have fun with them!

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