(picture taken on our date 3/6/09)
Here are a few things we do to have a happy marriage.
-We try not to dwell on each others' mistakes and try to work things out. Early on in our relationship we discovered that I dealt with problems by getting mad and running away while he wanted to talk it out and make things better. I wanted to be mad at him and hold a grudge for a long time, so he could see how mad I was. Obviously, that doesn't work to well in a relationship, so my very patient husband was willing to say "sorry" and show me that it's not so bad to "talk it out". It was a new concept for me and I'm so glad that we've applied that in our marriage.
-We try to not sweat the small stuff. There are many times when we each hold our "tongue" because it's not that important.
-We go out on dates! I think this is really important because it's a good way to remember that we enjoy each others company and that we have a relationship outside of parenthood. Plus when else do you get to hold hands and talk without kids screaming and climbing all over you? (We need a reason to be silly and take funny pictures while waiting to be seated in the restaurant. Hence, the reason for the above photo. This was the best of 3 that we took. Lynne-I should have taken one while we were eating, but I didn't think of that one.)
-We talk to and listen to each other. It's great to know that he'll listen to my blabbing about kids and jewelry, while at the same time, he knows I'll listen to him talk about diphthongs, fricatives & labiodental pronunciations. (Yes, I usually have to ask for definitions too)
-We support each other in our interests. Matthew's really good at staying home with the kids while I get my girls night out fixes or when I'm off doing parties. He knows I'm a happier person when I get home and it helps me to be happier in my marriage when he allows me some fun time out.
-We help each other around the house. No one wants to do all the housework themselves, so we both share in that responsibility. Talk about a happy marriage when the laundry gets folded mysteriously on it's own :)
-We laugh! Laughter always brings happiness!
Anyway, these are just a few things we do in our marriage. I have a really rocking husband because he makes me so happy!
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