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Love Letters

I’ve been married for almost 7 years.  When I ReMemBer my dating days with Doug, I cherish all of the little notes and letters we gave one another.  Call me old fashioned, but there is just something special about seeing how the other person feels on paper.  Who doesn’t like a heartfelt love letter?!

Fast forward to the present and we are lucky if we can squeeze an “I love you” in a ConVersaTion without being interrupted by kids or hectic schedules.  We do well at thanking one another for little stuff throughout the week (taking out the trash, paying bills) but it is rare to have moments that we stop and verbally express the deeper love we have for one another.

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So….this week I decided to write a love letter.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t on fancy paper sprayed with perfume and sealed with a waxed stamp.  It wasn’t even hand written! It was a simple email that I typed up while I was waiting for my letter blocks to dry (romantic, huh?).  And to be hOnEst, it felt a little weird at first.  I mean, I’ve known Doug for what seems like forever, but to write things that have more meaning than your typical daily conversation brought back butterflies as if I was awaiting my first date with him.  So a good “weird” I guess!

Like many things that are slightly uncomfortable in life, you have little to no regret once it is over.  It felt G O O D to share how I felt and usually that is all it takes to help nurture a relationship.

By the end of the day I challenge you to send your loved one a thoughtful text, email or voicemail (or hand written letter if you feel froggy!).  They may be shocked to receive it because it is so out-of-the ordinary, but you never know what good things may come of it!

Yours Truly,

Lara  :)

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Worth the Investment

Last week Doug and I went on our first dAtE in quite a while.  I can not tell you how great it was to be able to eat a meal and hang out without being interrupted!  We were able to talk about things beyond the everyday “stuff” and found ourselves LeArNinG new things about each other, simply because the time was devoted specifically on us.

When the bill came to the table, I initially shrieked at the price because we are the type of people that try to be conservative with our spending.  Plus, my hiStoRy has always been to talk myself out of having a date night because it will cost too much—babysitter, meal, entertainment—not to mention all of the work to get the kids ready.

Well, as Doug pulled out his wallet he said, “It was well worth the investment.”  How true!  I’m not saying that you have to spend money in order to have qUaLity time, but whether it is the money you spend, the appointments you cancel or the things you put on the back burner, you are making a good investment by setting aside these things for your marriage.

It’s time to make your relationship more of a PrioRity.  You may think that you and your spouse have drifted so much that you can’t even muster up the confidence or energy to ask them on a “date”.  Or maybe you feel guilty leaving the kids because you don’t get to see them enough as it is.  Let me tell ya…it is wOrtH iT.  The MOST IMPORTANT thing for your family is the time you spend with your spouse.  The more quality time you can spend together (without smartphones, distractions, etc) will result in happiness for not only you, but your kids too :)

(As you all know…no relationship is PerFect and they all take work.  Click here to read some of our other marriage posts!)

~Lara

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Modern-Day Penpal

Did you ever have a penpal? Back in elementary school I remember our teacher assigning us one as a class project.  My penpal’s name was Alexis, from Pennsylvania.  The thrill of running to the mailbox to see if there was a letter from her (and maybe even a picture included!)  is a memory I won’t forget.  How cool it was to have a conversation and friendship with a person whom I had never met living life a thousand miles away.

I’ve had the fortune through my internet business to develop similar “penpal” relationships with people all across the country.  Shauna is from Utah.  She helped me get started with my block business.  When I was going to be featured in Baby Talk magazine, Heather from California gave me tips on what to expect with the increase in customers.  I was even a bit of an inspiration to Robyn from New Jersey, to encourage her to start her own craft business on the internet. 

Similar to my elementary school days, these are my modern day “penpals” who I visit with on occasion and we share our thoughts and successes.  I consider these women my friends, even though I am in the middle of the country and they are states away in opposite directions.  Technology CAN be such a wonderful thing!

~Lara

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