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Some of the greatest love quotes of all time share with us how it feels to fall in love, and what it means when the love is still fresh. But, what about lasting love? What is love really like after marriage? Here are some quotes that explain what that kind of love feels like.

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I am planning a very special romantic dinner for me and Stephen this year instead of our usual “let’s try to go out and eat”. I have been grabbing recipes left and right from Foodie.com to help me get some ideas as to what I will be fixing. Check out my huge collection of 20 romantic dinner and dessert ideas I found.

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If you have been a reader of my blog for any time, you know how important spending time with my husband is. We protect our time together, and try to make sure to get away for short vacations together. Because of this, I always try to keep a getaway bag handy so that if my hubby calls and says he can get away, it won’t take me long to pack and be ready to go. Here are my tips for creating a  getaway bag for your special date night.

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Stephen and I have been married for 20 years now. We joke all the time that it feels like a lot longer than that. I look back and realize that I have been with him for over half of my life. In fact, he was my high school sweetheart. We started dating when I was in the 10th grade. Here are a few reasons why I love my husband.

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My husband has recently started drinking coffee. For others, this might seem like a bad thing, but for me, this is a very good thing. I have always longed to sit at the table in the mornings, chatting with the one I love, all the while drinking a delicious cup of pumpkin flavored coffee (my absolute favorite in the world). In fact, my favorite coffee mug reflects my sentiments exactly.

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One of my favorite things to do is planning date nights for my husband and I. Now that my kids are teenagers, preparing them are  a lot easier, because I send them off to their friends houses and my husband and I have the house all to ourselves. If you have been wanting to have a fresh and sexy date night with your hubby, here are a few tips to get you started.

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I love finding sneaky ways to tell my husband I love him. Over the years, I have made him Love Coupons, written blog posts about why I love him, surprised him with dinner, and more. My new way to tell him I love him? Heartfelt Books.

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My husband surprised me by planning a wonderful date night a couple of weeks ago. Here is what he did.

Step 1: Order Tickets to a Third Day Concert

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Brownie points for getting us so close to the stage! (4 rows back)!

Step 2: Take her out to dinner at one of her favorite restaurants

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Had one of the best Avocado Chicken Salads ever with Cilantro Lime Dressing -it was amazing! :)

Step 3: Buy her that snack that you know is her absolute favorite

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Cotton Candy is hands down my favorite snack in the world. I will not tell a lie — I ate the entire bag.

Step 4: Make her feel like a princess all evening long

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This is an older picture, but one of my favorites of us at another concert.

If you want to make your husband or wife feel special, plan a date night for the two of you. Go out, have fun, and just enjoy being together. It will make all the difference in the world in your relationship.

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Last night while watching Duck Dynasty, I was once again reminded why I absolutely love Phil and Kay Robertson. To me, they are the perfect example of loving your spouse and putting their needs above your own. Kay just has a way about her that really speaks to me as a wife. Phil — he always wants to make Miss Kay happy and he does his best to accommodate her wants and needs. Every single time I watch the show, their love, their respect, and their desire to be together just speak loudly to me.

Here are a few reasons why those two make me want to snuggle with my man just a little more! To me — she is the Proverbs 31 woman and what a great role model she is.

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  • Kay never speaks negatively about Phil to anyone. I can tell just by this one small thing that she is a Godly woman. When I watch her on screen, she always has a way to make Phil seem like the best husband in the world. She speaks kindly of him, never puts him down, and does her best to find something positive, when she could easily talk negative about him. I love that about her. It makes me want to really watch how I talk about my man. In fact, we all should do that because in Proverbs 31, this woman speaks so highly of her husband that he is known at the city gates and his reputation far exceeds him. It is because she has done her part in talking highly of her husband and not never negatively or out of the way.

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  • They never deny each other when it comes to intimacy. Some people might have a problem with this, but in all honesty ladies, if we stop denying our husbands when they need us in this way, our relationships with them will flourish more than we ever thought possible. I honestly think this is one of the reasons that both Phil and Kay are so in tune with each other. The Bible talks about giving ourselves to our mate and never denying them this intimacy except for an agreed upon time. I laugh when I hear either one of them say something about going to the bedroom. Miss Kay says it herself — she loves being with her man. Ladies– let’s learn something here!

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  • Kay doesn’t try to be the head honcho of their family. The Duck Dynasty family is huge, and they all know that Phil is the Patriarch and has the most wisdom. God has put him in this place as head of their family and everyone respects that. You know why? Because Kay respects that. If you notice in the show, Phil never towers over her and demands that she do things his way. She respects him as the leader of the home and he respects her as the helpmeet. They compliment each other in the way that they both know they have specific roles that are ordained by God and when we operate in those roles the way God intended, much respect will be given. The reason that the boys respect Phil so well is because of the respect that Kay has always given Phil — even when he didn’t deserve it.

This family has really won a special place in my heart and the more I watch them, the more I want to model Kay’s behavior towards Phil. You can tell that her love for God is first and foremost, then her love for Phil, and then her children. She doesn’t try to be anybody that she is not and neither does Phil. They have truly shown me what loving your spouse looks like.

Who is your marriage role model? Do you have one? If not, who would you choose?

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Now that 2013 is here and well underway, my husband and I decided to take goal planning to a whole new level. We have goal planned in the past for personal issues, and for our home life, but we have never really taken the time to goal plan for our marriage. My daughter turns 15 in just a few months. With that comes the fact that my husband and I will be spending a lot more time together as just a couple, so we are wanting to put some things in place now that will help us later on once our children are completely grown and out of the house. Here are 3 ways that you can take for setting goals for the new year in your marriage.

Setting Goals for the New Year

Goal Setting for Your Marriage

Pick a weekend to sit and talk

Okay– this may seem like a no brainer but as families continue to get busier and busier, it’s hard sometimes to just carve out a couple of days to sit and talk. My husband and I are going to go away for  a night just so we can do some goal planning not only for our marriage, but our youth group as well. The main thing is — make time to sit and talk about the goals. Make a list of what you would like to see accomplished in 2013 with your spouse. For us, we have decided that

  • We want our financial burdens to be gone so we are going to work on getting all of our bills paid off by the end of 2013
  • We want to pray together more for each other, our family, and the youth that we are teaching at church
  • Make time for each other this year by having a date night at least once or twice a month
  • Going away at least twice a year for a couple’s weekend

Set Realistic Goals and Things that are Easy to Obtain

Many marriages set very high expectations on their spouses and make them feel like failures all the time. I know — I used to be one of those types of wives. I wanted SO much from my man that I had this list of dos and dont’s that he had to follow and anytime that he faltered from that, he would be at the bottom of my list.

The same thing can happen when you sit down to make goals for your marriage. Don’t set goals that are hard to obtain. Set your marriage up for success. Start small and choose something that you both can accomplish. Is it having dinner together at least once a week as a family or just as a couple? If so, don’t put the expectation on that you have to do it every night, because the first time you miss — you will feel like they have let you down. So, set small goals up first.

Tackle the important things first

If your goal list is long like mine was, you need to go back over and rank them in priority. Which goal do you want to see obtained the most first? Make that your number one priority and work towards that goal first. Rank them of importance so that you feel like you are truly accomplishing something together and not just writing a bunch of stuff down, just to write something.

Here’s the challenge

Now that you have a few tips on setting goals in your marriage, I challenge you this week to sit down with your man and talk about how you can set some realistic goals for 2013 in your marriage.

This is YOUR year. Claim it and find ways to make it work :)

 

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