Are you short on cash and on time? Don’t let that get in the way of spending quality time with your spouse. You don’t even need to leave the house for a great date with the one you love. After the kids head to bed, grab your spouse and give some of these ideas a try. A night in has never been so fun. Dinner for Two- You don’t have to head to a steakhouse for a tasty steak dinner for two. Feed the kids an easy meal (think macaroni and cheese or pizza) and prepare a special dinner just for the two of you. For an extra special night, pull out the candles and turn down the lights. Dance Through the Night- Before kids you might have hit the dance club with your spouse for a fun night out. Things have changed, but it’s still fun to get out and boogey. Bring the dance club home. Push the furniture out of the way, pump up the tunes, and show off your best moves. Movie Night at Home- Nothing says date like hot, buttery popcorn and a movie. You don’t have to head to the theater for a fun movie night. Pick a movie you and your spouse have both been dying to see, pop it in and cuddle up. Don’t forget the snacks! Board Game Bonanza- Impress your spouse with your strategizing skills with a quick game of Monopoly or brush up on your vocabulary by playing Boggle. A…
Communication is an essential element of any relationship, especially marriage. When people marry, two value sets, two communication styles, two personalities merge. For some, communication is second nature For others, it presents a constant challenge. In the midst of our busy lives and the multiple commitments we have to work, family, children, friends, and activities, it’s very easy for communication to take a back seat or go awry. And when that happens, you have a recipe for misunderstanding, hurt, disappointment, anger, and resentment – things that keep a marriage from flourishing. My husband and I recently had a misunderstanding that we were able to quickly address and resolve by applying some basic principles. While we’ve tweaked them as necessary throughout the course of our 17-year relationship, these principles have enabled us to effectively communicate with each other. My hope is by sharing them with you, you will be able to communicate more effectively with your partner and thus have a deeper, more loving, and more fulfilling relationship. Honesty is a must. To engage in any meaningful discussion with your partner, especially when attempting to resolve conflict or misunderstanding, you must be truthful. This seems like a no brainer, but it can be very difficult to be completely honest. Honesty requires vulnerability. It requires fully opening up so that you can share your feelings and opinions, including hurts and disappointments. When we are honest with our partner, it allows for transparency and ensures that the relationship has a solid foundation. My…

Quality Time!

Vida Brown
There’s No Time to Fit THAT into My Marriage. Spending quality time with your spouse on a consistent basis is easier said than done. Life is busy. If you have a full-time job, multiple kids, other family-related obligations, household responsibilities and on and on, you’re probably running around like a chicken with its head cut off from the moment your alarm sounds. Personally, most days, I don’t know if I’m coming or going. It’s a sheer miracle that I get all the “essentials” taken care of daily. If the same holds true for you, you may be thinking, there just isn’t enough time in the day for quality time with my spouse.
This blog will allow us the opportunity for “Real Talk.” Derrick and I absolutely believe in the beauty of marriage. We believe that married, committed and happy actually exists. We believe that there are millions of marriages out there that are ROCKIN! But, we also know that marriage is not a fairy tale. It takes work. No matter how connected and committed a couple may be, their marriage will experience ups and downs. And make no mistake, we get it that some of those downs would annihilate other couples. That said, we believe that there is no obstacle out there that a couple can’t overcome if they desire to stay married. Marriage ultimately is a choice and if you choose it, it will survive the test of time.
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