Archives For Marriage

By Guest on April 5, 2013 18

quoteThis is a guest post by Sarah Greesonbach. She writes and curates the lifestyle and personal finance blog Life [Comma] Etc. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter for commentary and hot links, as well as pictures of her husband and cat. She releases her first eBook this month, Life After Teaching: The Hands-On Guide for Transitioning Out of Teaching and Into a New Career. 

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Have you heard the popular wedding Bible verse Ephesians 22: “Wives, submit to your husbands”?

Of course you have. In fact, Kelsey already brought it up in her post The “S” Word and submitting to your husband. And while she covered her feelings personally, for some reason I still left the Web that day with my hackles the slightest bit raised because I hadn’t yet made peace with the idea. But thankfully, nine months into my own marriage, I have finally come around to it, and I think it is a special message that can save you a few years of pain and misery in your marriage.

Bear with me. Because maybe you’ve googled “wedding” and at some point some jerk said something offensive and used this quote as evidence. And maybe, like me, you have older brothers and a Catholic mother who read this verse with a twinkle in their eye as you tried to find some verses for your own wedding. And maybe you don’t feel the need to understand or appreciate this verse — but that might be a huge mistake.

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By Eric on January 22, 2013 4

Last Thursday we were pumped for our weekly date night. Kelsey had picked up some Mini Rolos from Target and we were going to catch up on our favorite TV shows (Modern Family & Parenthood) and eat popcorn.

As I was rigging up my laptop to play through our TV, which we have done since we cut cable and DVR, the connection wasn’t working. I’m guessing it’s because the thunderbolt to HDMI cable that I have cost me less than $5 on Amazon. Lesson #43 in shopping online: You get what you pay for.

We were so looking forward to viewing our shows on our 42″ TV in our living room. Whatever were we going to do?

I must have been influenced by my recent reading of Love Does by Bob Goff (audio version), because I know myself well enough to know I normally would have thrown a fit and complained about it all night.

But this time, I had an idea. A small caper. Not a big caper like the ones in Love Does, but for the circumstances it was pretty adventurous.

What’s a caper? I’m glad you asked…

caper (noun): a frivolous, carefree episode or activity

I told Kelsey I had an idea. I then locked her in our walk-in closet so she could change into her pajamas and I could surprise her. And then, I rigged up this…

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By Kelsey on November 28, 2012 18

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For years I wondered if there was one – and only one – person out there for me. You know, the one. The romantic in me would like to think yes. I asked Eric and he thinks probably not. He thinks there are probably a number of people we are compatible with and would be happy with.

That sounds kind of anti-climactic to me. But maybe he’s right. I’ve decided it doesn’t really matter, because I was thinking about it the other day and I realized that I totally married the right person for me. Here’s why:

  • I never get sick of him. Eric is my best friend. The foundation of our love is authentic friendship – that’s how it started. We love to be with each other and talk to each other. We realized the other day that we have been friends for 10 years. Ten years! That’s a long time to hang out with someone. Still to this day we both swear we’ve never gotten sick of each other.
  • He complements me. There is a lot of balance in our relationship that makes it work. Sure, sometimes it creates tension, but most of the time we are able to celebrate our differences and realize that we need each other. Eric’s a spender, I’m a saver. He makes decisions with his head, I use my heart. He’s very futuristic, I live in the present. He steals the sheet, I steal the comforter. He uses the big spoons, I like the little ones. He prefers to wash dishes, and I like to put away the clean ones. Neither of us is wrong, just different. And it works.
By Eric on November 20, 2012 8

Confession: We’ve been arguing over some really silly things lately. Specifically, who went to get groceries the last time and who’s turn it is to get them this time. It sounds silly, because it is. It’s also crazy immature the way we both throw a fit about it in order to get out of running a simple errand.

We seemed to have developed spirits of selfishness instead of serving each other. It makes me feel terrible when I stop and think about it. In acting this way, how much farther from following Jesus could we be? Yuck.

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By Kelsey on August 31, 2012 9

Have you seen The Vow yet? (If not, we got it free from Redbox (using these free Redbox coupon codes). Watch it this weekend!)

Eric and I both really liked it. I think watching it after recently having a baby made me see it in a unique way.

The premise of the story is (I won’t give anything away that you can’t see in the trailer): A young married couple gets into a car accident, and the wife goes into a coma. When she wakes up, she has no clue who her husband is or why she married him. She doesn’t even know who she is anymore.

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