This September, I will hit the 14-year married mark (18 years together). Technically, we are waaaay past the "newlywed" status, but I've been around a lot of newlyweds lately, as there have been a few lunches with Kiddo's teachers from Kindergarten and first grade. Lovely ladies who are newlyweds or just married (like literally last weekend) or planning weddings. It's fun to revisit that time in the life cycle - the fresh start, the new beginning, the yet-to-come thoughts, "everything is in front of us" outlook.
Chit-chats with them often turn to relationships, and I find myself falling into the sage older lady giving snippets of advice, retelling stories of my husband's and my journey through married life. Just like they like listening (at least they tell me they do), I enjoy watching Joanie when she dishes on her marriage -- I always manage to pick up little bits of wisdom. Things that should be printed up and hung on a wall, like these I spotted on Pinterest. You know I love
wasting time researching over on that site. I've posted quotes for kids, inspiration for moms...how about a few on marriage?
We often hear about a balanced relationship, everyone giving their share, but this one reminds us it's actually giving your all, the full 100% that makes a marriage work.
Not only did this one make me laugh, it really struck a chord with me. So much of married life is dealing with the little annoyances of our significant other. But should we let those little "burned-out light bulbs" totally wreck a pretty solid marriage? Nope. Marriage is like a house.
Often what gets a marriage into trouble is the idea that something (or someone) else is better than what we have. I had the lucky opportunity to sit and listen to author Jane Green talk about her latest bestseller Tempting Fate, which is about affairs, the temptations that come along during a life-long partnership and the ideas of acting on those thoughts or not. She said something similar, that when we tend to our grass ie our relationship, when we water it, it's pretty green.
I love this one and try to pass it along to those that are just staring their lives together. I know it's tough to remember that the person we marry won't stay the same -- nor would we want them to. We want to grow and evolve. We are works in progress, as is our relationship, eh?
How long have you been with your significant other? Which of these Pinterest-y nuggets of wisdom do you like best?