Friday, December 18, 2009

Reflections on my marriage

I love Fridays! I suppose everyone does, but I have my reasons. I always make the kids eggs on Friday mornings (they get cocoa now too). They really look forward to this tradition. I think it makes them feel extra special, and I like making them feel special. It is the end of the business week, and I look forward to spending time with my family and being at home.

My favorite part of Friday is spending the evening with Brian (date night). The fall has been rather crazy around here. We went weeks literally without having a date night. We were both so sad about this. December has been pretty quite so far, and we have been able to have date night for the past few weeks. What a treat!

I always seem to pause and reflect over my life during this time of year. I have been thinking a lot about our marriage lately. It seems impossible that Brian and I will have been married 17 years this summer. I don't even feel old enough to be married that long, and where has the time gone. We have created so many memories together, some bad, and some good. I think about the silly, skinny boy that I fell in love with, so many years ago. He has turned into such an amazing husband and father. Life has many twists and turns, ups and downs. It certainly has been an adventure. I feel humbled that God has blessed me with such a wonderful man. One that loves me completely, who encourages me, respects me, he's my best friend.

I know that it has been forever since I have shared any of our "secrets". So here goes the next one. Compliment each other often. This morning after Brian dropped off the kids, he came into the guest room and said "there she is...Miss. America." What a nut! I'm sure I looked the part to... in my jammies typing away. I think most wives want to feel beautiful. They still want their husband to be attracted to them. Brian is always saying things like this, and I usually blow it off. Whatever sweetie! As I think about it though, I love it when he tells me that I look nice, or that he liked my outfit, or that I smell good. It makes me feel like I'm someone special to him.

The same goes for husbands. I think we all know ladies that these guys need their egos stroked, it's just the way they are. I think it's important to do this with a sincere heart. They also need to feel loved and appreciated. They need to feel like they are an important member of the family. As you know Brian can't stand dressing up for work. So, I shower him with a few compliments before he heads out the door. I hope by doing so he knows that I think he is the most handsome man in the world, and I am proud to be his wife. I am not very good at it but I try to let him know that I appreciate his acts of service around our home. Whether it is making dinner, washing the dishes, putting his clothes away or working on some project around the house. So here is my shout out to you Brian. You're the best!!!!
Have a great weekend friends...and compliment the one you love!
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