Join Our 30 Day Marriage Challenge!

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If you were to ask Sean and I how we would describe our marriage in the last year, we would say it’s been stressful, yet wonderful. Amazing, yet bumpy. We are both tired. The demands placed on us this past year have felt greater than ever.

A fussy baby, six children, Sean launching Character Badges, working from home plus homeschooling, and Sean being the pastor at our church have placed a strain on our marriage. The good thing is we both recognize it, and totally know it’s just the stress of life we are under.

It’s been on my heart to really focus on my marriage, which is why I’m so excited to tell you about a project we have been working on!
Join our 30 Day Marriage Challenge, where we activity work on showing our husband just how much we care for him, and create some sparks again!

You are invited to join our 30 Day Marriage Challenge! It’s time to love on our man, and show him just how much we appreciate him!

How Does the Challenge Work?

The 30 Day Marriage Challenge starts this Monday, February 8th. To participate, you just need to get the Strengthen Your Marriage bundle here, which is a bundle full of resources to put that spark back into your marriage!

Strengthen Your Marriage With this Bundle set of resources!

When you purchase the bundle, you will also receive a link to join a private Facebook group where we will be working through the 30 day challenge together! If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can totally still do this, the group is just for extra accountability!

What is Included?

I joined up with two other blogging friends to offer this 30 Day Marriage Challenge together! You will receive the 30 Days of Loving Your Man collection, which includes 30 days of challenges to do. We kept most of these challenges easy to accomplish, because we understand it’s hard to juggle motherhood while putting together elaborate surprises!

30 Days of Loving Your Man Challenge Cards

There are 30 cards to download and cut out, and simple challenges to do each day for your husband. They won’t seem so simple to your husband though, he will wonder why he is getting all this extra attention!

Also included in the 30 Day Challenge are love notes! There are some pre-written love notes, plus blank cards for you to write your own note on.

These love notes are perfect for Valentine's Day, surprise your man with these in his lunch box all month long!

Your husband will appreciate receiving little notes of adoration!

There are some other great resources included to help this 30 Day Challenge. Enjoy all the ideas found in the Rekindle Your Romance kit, or use the 90 Date Night Questions on those dates you might go on (snuggling at home by the fire after the children go to bed works also!). You can also plan a marriage retreat and receive some helpful planning tools on how to do that!

I hope you can join us for this challenge. It’s a much needed adventure for my marriage, and I know I’m not alone! As busy mothers we can so often put our husband last, even though we don’t mean to do that. Let’s reclaim the romance together as we commit to loving our husbands and putting them first.

Are you ready to join me? Click on the button below!
30 Days of Loving Your Man

Don’t forget to invite your friends to join you in this challenge! Use the buttons at the top of this post to share it!

One last thing…if you don’t want to purchase the whole bundle set, but you still wanted the 30 Days of Loving Your Man, you can grab that by itself here.

 

Love Never Fails – Blog Hop

Such a beautiful truth! Love these posts about different aspects of love. Practical and inspiring too!

I have joined with some lovely friends to bring you a Love Never Fails blog hop! We’re celebrating this beautiful truth with inspiration, encouragement, and practical helps for you this Valentine’s Day. We hope you are blessed by it!

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The Best Gift You Can Give Your Children

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We hear it said all the time.

One of the best gift you can give to your children is a solid marriage.”

It’s really true though.

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Children! This Valentine's Day make a renewed effort to bless your children through a strong marriage!

Your children need to see a strong marriage modeled for them. It will give them a sense of security, and they will grow up with an inspiring picture of what their marriages can one day be.

Ask yourself if your marriage is as strong as it could be? Are you continually working on your marriage, or just cruising along expecting it to stay strong with little effort?

There Is No Such Thing As A Perfect Marriage!

You will make mistakes along the way, and your children will see those mistakes. I have made my fair share of mistakes along the way, and my husband is gracious to forgive me and love me in spite of them. Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged, just keep going and put the Lord first in your marriage.

Make Time For Romance! 

Sean and I both can be romantic at heart. We had one year of marriage together before our first child was born. The memories of that year was of peace and quiet, sitting on the couch together listening to classical music, lots of candlelight dinners, and as much time together as we wanted. 12 years later, and almost 6 children later, life is quite different!

Our time is limited, but we don’t let having children around burn the romance out of our marriage. Since our oldest is not a teenager yet, we still have the ability to flirt in front of our children and they don’t know what we are talking about. 😉 We kiss, hug, and tease each other in front of our children. They clearly know we love each other, and we try to model that for them.

You Are Not Being Selfish! 

I sense that so many couples feel they are being selfish if they attempt to make time for their marriage. With little ones it can be hard to make that time, but you are not being selfish for wanting to keep that spark alive in your marriage! It’s not the holy, high road to never have a date night, or go 10-15 years without spending a night alone with just your husband. There’s no doubt that children will consume a lot of your time (as they should) but they shouldn’t consume all of it. If you still feel guilty about setting time aside of just the two of you, just think of how it will strengthen your marriage and how a strong marriage is a blessing to your children!

If you don’t have anyone nearby that can watch your children, be creative and see if you can swap babysitting with local friends. They take your children one evening, and the next week you take their children. Or just have date night at home! You can see how we have date night at home here. Put your phone away and truly spend time with your spouse!

With Valentine’s Day almost here, the pressure might be on you to have the perfect gift, the best Hallmark love card you can find, or the best date night of the year, but oftentimes your love can best be expressed through simple acts.

If you haven’t told your husband recently how much you appreciate him, write him a love letter for Valentine’s Day and put it in his car before he leaves for work! Or surprise him with a candlelight dinner at home that night. Let this day of love be the time that sparks the romance back into your marriage! And remember, putting true love back into your marriage, is not only a great blessing for your husband, but also for your children!

 

 

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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Long maxi skirt with sweater top!  I love how comfortable this outfit is. | themodestmomblog.comWe went for a walk at a nearby lake for a nice Sunday evening family time. The children are so used to Modest Monday pictures that they thought the only reason we came was to take some pictures. We reassured them they could walk to the lake and throw stones in! 🙂

I stayed home Sunday from church with our oldest son as we both still have bad coughs left over from colds. I actually had a fantastic morning! It was quiet, I turned a sermon on while I made a yummy lunch and set the table really pretty. The house was clean when everyone walked in, which every mom knows is a good feeling! I put Joy essential oil in the diffuser while I cooked, it was so nice!

Silver earrings and a simple side braid are easy to touches to this outfit.

The last few days I’ve been working on trying to get a small amount of makeup on in the morning. Today I just put on my foundation from L’BRI, blush and lipstick. I didn’t even bother doing anything with my eyes. My husband has been full of compliments, which is a nice change from feeling yucky for weeks.

I know the thought of makeup is overwhelming to a lot of moms. Who has time to add one more thing onto their morning routine? I find that when I take the extra few minutes I feel so much happier during the day. I feel more put together, just having my hair fixed, some foundation and lip gloss on. You really don’t have to do much for it take make a difference!

I’ve been using two new lipstick colors from L’BRI for fall and love them! They are caramel and chestnut colors. It’s the little things that make me happy. 🙂

What I Wore

Skirt – Maxi from Deborah & Co.

(We are getting navy, black, more grey and coral colors in stock this week!)

Top – Sweater top from thrift store, $1 special!

Shoes – ecco brand (I got mine from ThredUP but you can find them on Amazon here)

Earrings – Capri from Mialisa

Makeup – L’BRI pure and natural

 Link Up Time!

Please feel free to share posts about anything concerning being a godly, feminine woman. Topics include: modesty, being a wife, mother, homeschooler, homemaker, cooking, sewing, etc.

Please grab the button below and share on your blog post so others can come and join in the link up as well!

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My Summer Reading Book List For Mom!

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Book_List

I wanted to share with you what is on my reading list right now. I should also be upfront and say probably half of these I will browse through and not read the entire book. Because that’s just how I am. 🙂 So don’t let the stack look overwhelming!

I’m trying to get back into reading encouraging books on a regular basis. I find that I stay more focused and encouraged as a wife and mother if I am reading a book on the topic.

Here is my lofty summer reading book list for this summer:

Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children by Debra Raybern. I really want to be more knowledgable on what oils I can safely use on my children. I bought this book at our homeschool convention after hearing how excellent it is from friends. I love using my Young Living Oils on myself and my children!

Gentle Babies

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. Anyone who follows this blog knows our family has been in survival mode for the past few years! It’s time to get out out of that slump, so I’m looking forward to reading this book and going along with the book study over at Young Wife’s Guide.

*Update* After reading this book I have to say it was my favorite book that Crystal has written! She was honest and straightforward about what brought her to survival mode, and what she did to overcome it. I was encouraged to say no to anything extra in my life, and embrace a slower pace life.

I could relate to Crystal’s experience of burnout, and fatigue. Since I’ve struggled with adrenal and thyroid issues for years, I can easily push myself too much, and end up exhausted and frazzled. Since I follow Crystal’s blog and know she has such a busy schedule, I was inspired by her commitment to slow down, and be very purposeful and commit to only the best things in her life.

This book will help you develop a clear plan on how to create goals, and be more disciplined in those areas you struggle with. As a busy mom, I think we all have those areas!

Mitten Strings For God: Reflections For Mothers In A Hurry by Katrina Kenison. I want to read this because I always feel like I’m in a hurry!

The Organized Home Schooler by Vicki Caruana. This is one book I’m just browsing through to get ideas for our new school year.

Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight: 52 Amazing Ways to Master the Art of Personal Change by Karen Scalf Linamen. I haven’t personally heard of anyone suggesting this book, I just picked it up at the library and thought it looked interesting.

Red Hot Monogamy: Making Your Marriage Sizzle by Bill and Pam Farrel. Who doesn’t want their marriage to sizzle?! What I’ve read so far has been really good.

What a husband needs from his wife

What a Husband Needs from His Wife by Melanie Chitwood. I’ve been enjoying this book, she has some good reminders on how to be a supportive wife.

The Good Life for Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times, and a Happy Home on a Budget by Amy Allen Clark. This is another book I’m going to browse through for ideas.

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line by Abby Johnson. This looked like an interesting story on how a director of a Planned Parenthood clinic walked away from her old life and now is a huge advocate for saving babies lives.

Radical Womanhood

Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World by Carolyn McCulley. I saw this suggested by a few other bloggers and thought it looked like something I would enjoy reading.

A Wife After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George. This author has such a gentle way of encouraging you, I find her refreshing and easy to read.

EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. Finally, a book to encourage the business owner in me. 🙂

I’d love to hear what you are reading, or hope to read!

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