I cannot believe today marks two years being married to my sweet S! Time really flies, especially when you’re having fun with your best friend:-D
I’m all for celebrations, whether big or small so we have a couple anniversary traditions we look forward to every year.
On the actual day, we split a lemon treat while we exchange cards and gifts. Our wedding cake was lemon with blueberries in two tiers and raspberries in the other two. This treat allows an anniversary that falls on a weekday something special!
For the surrounding weekend, we plan a getaway. Even without children, life is sooo busy so we ensure to always have a trip either to where we got married or a new location to explore. We’re taking next week off from work and celebrating somewhere I’ve never been before and am so excited!
Celebrations are so sweet, but it’s the day-to-day that makes a marriage successful.You are two different people with two different backgrounds and two different sets of needs. No matter who the two people are, marriage takes effort!
Today I wanted to share three things we do every day to nurture our marriage. Please share what works for you and your marriage in the comments! I’d love to hear! Xo
PS – if you’re new around here, here’s some of our special wedding blog posts:
OUR WEDDING: PART I
OUR WEDDING: PART II
OUR PROPOSAL STORY ON PEAK’S ISLAND
OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
2 MARRIAGE PREP CLSS TAKEAWAYS WE ACTUALLY USE
6 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM 6 MONTHS OF MARRIAGE
OUR ONE YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
3 THINGS WE DO EVERY DAY TO NURTURE OUR MARRIAGE
Marriage is full of doing little things for one another, your family and household and those little things allow your household to chug along smoothly. While it’s easy to get used to your husband dealing with trash day, taking care of the dishes after dinner or fueling up your car, those are sweet and thoughtful gestures that make your life so much easier!
Saying a simple “thank you” for these small things allows your partner to feel appreciated and is vital for a healthy, loving relationship.
We say thank you like approx. 87 times a day in this house to ensure that the other person truly knows we see and appreciate all that they do. I’ll often text it the next day too!
2.Give total attention
Sitting in bed scrolling Instagram or looking at your email while your spouse is trying to talk to you when they get home not only wastes what could be precious quality time, but also makes the other person not feel important. Phones and other things in life can distract you from actually listening to your partner and giving them the attention they deserve.
This is why I don’t have push notifications on my phone for anything, but texts/calls too! Not much is more important than giving our spouse your undivided attention.
If you have a business that revolves around social media like I do, you have to be even more diligent and set strict boundaries with yourself, like no phones in the bed, phone free Sundays or no phones after 7PM for example. These boundaries allow you to not slip into bad habits.
3.Speak Love Languages
I’m a huge believer in love languages! We are all unique people with different needs and there is a 1/5 chance that the way you accept love is the same for your partner.
Without knowing one another’s love languages, you may feel like you’re putting effort into making your spouse feel appreciated and loved, but they won’t feel it unless it’s in their love language. It’s like if you say “I love you” in Spanish, but your spouse speaks Italian. You think you’re expressing love, but they have no idea what you’re saying and are left to feel unloved.
If you accept love in the form of words, but your partner thinks that buying gifts is the way to show how much they love you – you’re not getting what you need. To ensure you’re filling your partner up with love and to advocate to get what you need from your marriage, I’d definitely suggest learning more about love languages by clicking here.
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