Today, I’m stepping off the cliff. As I said in my goals for this year, I feel inspired to explore topics about real life, things beyond DIYs and recipes. From motherhood to marriage to making a home, there are a number of subjects to discuss and in talking about them together, I think we can learn from each other and live better. Up today, keeping the spark.
MJ and I have been married for eight and a half years, with the half falling right on Valentine’s Day. We met in college, married in the August after graduation and moved to the big city, a good distance from either side of our family. A few years later, Love Bug joined us and Sweet J a few years after that. We have a good life.
Beyond that, I think we have a good partnership. We are fairly low-key, simplicity-loving homebodies, each with our own stubborn streak. He annoys me with his juvenile behavior and I drive him insane with my inability to be punctual. (Each and every Sunday I am on the receiving end of a lecture about time management.) :) We love to laugh hysterically about truly ridiculous things. We think a good date night is a dinner and movie enjoyed from the comfort of our over-sized couch and we very rarely exchange gifts for any of the holidays. We are the same kind of weird and we like it.
However, we want our marriage to be more than just a parenting team. More than a pair of people who work together to ‘just get through’ everything that real life entails. We want to make sure the initial spark we shared all those years ago stays bright.
With this series, I hope to start a discussion on how to keep that spark in a marriage for the long run. To stay in love with each other despite the busyness of life and the craziness that comes with raising children. There will be a sharing of ideas, link inspiration and maybe a story or two. Of course, it would be all the better if I could hear from you. :)
So, tell me, what do you do to keep the spark with your significant other? Date night? Love notes? Maybe your spark is needing recuperation.
Whatever your place, come on back. We can all help each other.
P.S. I’m trying a new schedule – two posts each Wednesday! So check back later for more good stuff. :)