It’s Our Anniversary!!

Do you know what today is?

Do you know what today is?

It’s our anniversary {it’s our, it’s our special day}

 Anniversary by Toni Tony Tone’

 

Carlton has sung or played this song for me on every anniversary, all 11 of them. It’s a bit corny but it’s basically a tradition now at our house that I love. LOL

If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s our ANNIVERSARY!! We’re 11 years strong today!! We’re no longer newlyweds, we’ve arrived at seasoned couples status!!  It certainly wasn’t a walk in the park – we’ve struggled and stumbled, but never allowed life’s circumstances to break us.  We’re committed to this marriage journey.  Not just committed to the good times but also committed in the times when we feel like “I just don’t like you very much” (yes there are brief moments of those times too) however we still LOVE each other! Continue reading “It’s Our Anniversary!!”

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Spiritual Intimacy in Marriage

June 27th marked the two year anniversary of Carlton and I attending Elevation Church.   But it was much more than just a church anniversary for us; truth be told it was actually the anniversary of when we made a decision to open up our marriage to create spiritual intimacy, a type of intimacy that we didn’t even know our marriage needed.  I honestly thought that because we went to church regularly and volunteered as a couple in children’s church that we were all good in terms of connecting on a spiritual level.  But I was so wrong!!  Spiritual intimacy is much more than just attending church together as a couple or serving on a committee, it is connecting together with our faith and living out our COMMITMENT to God and his PURPOSE for our marriage. Our spiritual intimacy began to grow the moment we said YES to our friends’ invitation to visit Elevation Church.  It wasn’t necessarily changing churches that increased our spiritual intimacy but rather the shift in our thinking about how being spiritually connected could impact our marriage.  The people that surrounded us at our new church helped us see how big of an influence spiritual intimacy can play in growing and strengthening marriages. So ask yourself this question… 

“How close are we spiritually as a couple?”

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Social Intimacy: Our Favorite “US” Memories

Last week I was scrolling through Instagram as I frequently do and one post in particular caught my eye.  It wasn’t really the entire post that grabbed my attention, but just a small piece of it….it read,

Complete this sentence, “One of my favorite US memories is…..”

Of course I immediately started trying to narrow down me and Carlton’s “favorite US memories” and then I did what any wife would do – screamed upstairs “Carlton what is our favorite US memory?”, and before we knew it we were talking about all the great times we’ve shared and the experiences we’ve enjoyed together.  And that’s when it dawned on me….social intimacy is what keeps marriage fun and interesting. 

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Emotional Intimacy: The Key to a Strong Marriage

Have you ever heard stories about couples that have been married for 10, 15, or maybe even 20 years but feel like they don’t even know the person they’re married to?  Or maybe you have a friend that says I just don’t feel connected to my spouse anymore, I don’t know if we’re going to make it. My husband and I have been in that situation before – I remember sitting in counseling with Carlton thinking I just don’t feel connected to him like I used to be.  What happened to those intense, passionate, feelings that we had when we first got married?  Was it that the newness had worn off, were we no longer compatible, or had we just fallen out of love with each other?  Thankfully, the answer was none of the above…..the true issue was that we were lacking emotional intimacy!  Like most people you’re probably scratching your head and thinking what the heck is emotional intimacy?!?!  My husband had to google the term too so don’t feel bad! 

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10 Questions That Can Make Physical Intimacy Last a Lifetime

Believe it or not sex is only one part of physical intimacy. That’s a shocker because early on in our marriage I use to think it was all about the sex.  It seems like back in the early days of our marriage Carlton and I would hop in the bed together and VOILA magic happened and we were instantly connected in a way like nothing else.

However as time marched on we’ve come to realize that there is more to physical intimacy than just doing the deed.  As our lives filled up with more demanding jobs, children’s activities, and other obligations it seems like making it to the bedroom can be a challenge.  So we’re faced with the questions of how to make sure that we stay connected between those encounters and when we do find ourselves between the sheets how to get the most out of those intimate moments.  Unfortunately, those little things like cuddling on the sofa, holding hands while walking through the mall, and a kiss after work can easily get lost in the shuffle of a busy life.  Continue reading “10 Questions That Can Make Physical Intimacy Last a Lifetime”

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5 Sides of Intimacy

Is intimacy really that important in marriage?  In short, the answer is YES!!  Think about it have you ever said this: “I just don’t feel close to my spouse anymore” or “sex is almost non existent in my marriage”. If so, your intimacy meter in your marriage is probably low. Join us this week as we start our series talking about the 5 different types of intimacy and ways to strengthen your bond. 

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3 Ways to Resurrect Your Marriage

L O V E. There’s no greater love than the love Jesus showed us by sacrificing himself on the cross.

Easter always reminds me of how much God cares for me and that no matter what he’ll never leave me.  This Easter wasn’t much different – we went to church, talked about the real meaning of Easter with our kids, and had our family Easter egg hunt in our backyard.  Even in the midst of all that I was still able to take a moment to reflect on how much Jesus has done for me and continues to do for me.  But there was this one nagging thought in the back of my mind that I just couldn’t shake…  

How was I showing Jesus’s unfailing love in my marriage?

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Money Matters: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

“Family finance is a great opportunity to take marriage to a better level”

-Dave Ramsey

As married couples we all have similar issues and concerns as it relates to money and finances.  In this video, we sit down to tackle some questions submitted by couples like you.  Take a look to hear our perspectives and thoughts on some of the most common money questions.  

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Money Matters | The Basics

Money is an age old problem in marriages.  One of the most common arguments among married couples centers around money and finances. For many years, finances caused undue stress and frustration within our marriage but over time we’ve learned some new and better approaches to handling our “money matters”.  Listen as we discuss some of the basic money related topics that can cause tension between couples.

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