Monday, October 20, 2014

Marriage Monday: Marriage on the 50 Yard Line {Link up}







Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I'm so glad you've joined me as we focus on strengthening and promoting godly marriages, both in our nation and in our own backyards. 

Did you happen to see any good football games this past weekend??  ;)  That question might surprise you, but today I'm going to talk to the wife of the football fan!
Today's post might even be subtitled, "Loving your husband begins in front of the football game."  





Let me ask you a question, do you like football? In my experience, a few women really enjoy watching football, some even more so than their husbands, while the majority of women seem to hate it and resent the time their husbands spend watching it.

I want to challenge you that if your husband loves watching football (or basketball, baseball, soccer, etc.) that you should attempt to like watching that sport too.  (I draw the line at wrestling!)  ;)

Try sitting down beside your husband and watching whatever the sport is that captures his attention.  Ask him to explain the rules that you don't understand. Try to gain an appreciation for the game.  At the very least, try to understand it well enough that you will know what he's talking about if he shares some exciting detail with you!  ;)

If it bores you to tears, or seems like a huge waste of time, try to find something you can do while "watching" the game with your husband.  Football games are a great time for double tasking!  My Mom used to sit by my Dad and knit or crochet during football games!  I've been known to read a book, flip through a magazine, scroll through Facebook, or work on a blog post -- all while catching the big plays of a football game with my husband and sons.    

Like football, marriage is about more than just the "big plays."  It's about systematically moving the ball down field a few yards at a time, achieving "first downs" all along the way, until you finally score. If your husband is a big football fan, you might find that your showing interest in the game earns you a "first down" in his eyes.  Who knows, you may even score a "touchdown?"  ;)





Your Turn to Share:

Have you learned the skill of showing interest in something that your husband is interested in?  What was the result?  Did it please your husband?  Did it make him feel more appreciated?  Did it prompt him to show interest in something you love?  Please leave a comment here on my blog or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged! You may also email me at elizabeth@yestheyareallours.com if you wish to share a private testimony or a guest post.



If you were blessed or encouraged by this post, please consider sharing it with your friends on Facebook or other social media sites.  Thank you!



Link up:

I'd love to have you link up your blog to mine!  Please link up any past or present posts related to Christian marriage.  Don't forget to link back to my blog!  Thanks!



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Blogs I link up with from week to week:

What Joy Is MinePhotobuckethttp://aproverbs31wife.com/category/of-family-matters/helpmeet/ Making Your Home Sing Monday!  




Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth



  


a-wise-woman-builds-her-home         Messy Marriage      Mom's Morning Coffee



    Wholehearted Wednesday     A Little R & R





Proverbs 31 Link Up  




     Graced Simplicity

Hearts for Home Blog Hop   Hope In Every Season





    http://christianmommyblogger.com/fellowship-fridays-underdog/       Faith Along the Way










Please link up your blog post on marriage below by entering the url of your specific post.  Where it says "Your Name" enter the title of your blog post, not your personal name!  Thanks!  :)







Friday, October 17, 2014

From my Front Porch ~ October 17, 2014




Welcome back to my weekly series, From my Front Porch, where I share updates from my home and family. My hope is that you'll fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea and imagine us sitting together on my front porch, chatting about life and catching up on the latest news!  I hope you'll join me each Friday on My Front Porch!  






Sorry I didn't make it to my porch last Friday -- I was one sick puppy!!  Nothing like a good stomach virus with high fever to take the starch out of you!!!  :/


Fortunately, I'm all better . . . and no one else got it!  Can you believe that??

I had planned to tell you about my previous weekend -- when Alan and I (plus Bethany) went to SC to visit my parents! That's still the top story of the last two weeks -- so I'm going to share about that today.

It was great to see my Mom and Dad!  Mom was feeling pretty good, considering! She looks great, doesn't she?!? :)





It was really important to Bethany to see her Nanny when she was looking and feeling good - so she could remember her that way instead of the way she had last seen her!  Isn't that sad and sweet??

Mom has been using up scraps of yarn making the cutest little baby hats!  Check out this one on Sarah!





While in the upstate of SC, we drove to Sky Top Apple Orchard to pick apples.  That used to be a yearly tradition when we lived in that neck of the woods.  This is me and my Dad picking apples together!   





That night we were able to connect with Tiffany and Ashlyn, who are both living in the area now, for dinner at Smoke on the Water . . . 


 and coffee at Spill the Beans!  There's nothing like a night out on the town in downtown Greenville with those you love!  <3 font="">



I'm late picking up Chris from his job, so I've got to run!  Just wanted to make sure you saw yesterday's post highlighting Fall Fashion and the Lilla Rose Sale!  :) 










Thanks for stopping by my front porch for a visit! I'd love for you to take a moment to "sign my guest book" (leave a comment!) so I can know that you stopped by and enjoyed your visit!  Please join me again next Friday on my front porch!  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let Lilla Rose Complete your Fall Wardrobe!

Autumn is my favorite season!  I love fashionable fall clothes -- but sadly, it stays too hot and humid on the Georgia coast to really get to enjoy most of the fall fashions until about Thanksgiving!  (Christmas, maybe??)

But, I can still admire the fall looks, right??  :)

Here are some lovely, feminine, fall ensembles accentuated by lovely hair jewelry from Lilla Rose!


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I really love the long gray skirt and plum sweater in the picture above! And boots are always the perfect accompaniment to a cute fall outfit! The flexi-clip that adorns this outfit is the Lilla Rose Blossom Medley.  


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The festive outfit above will take you from fall right into Christmas! This darling ensemble is paired perfectly with one of my favorite fall flexis, the Festive Leaf.



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Here is a different look for fall, perfectly complemented with the adorable silver daisy hairsticks.

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This classy outfit features the wildly popular Ruby Bouquet Flexi clip, which was last November's flexi-of-the-month, but found its way into the regular line up.

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Black and red are always classy choices!  This sharp looking ensemble is paired with Lovely Circle Gold bobbies.  (I love that adorable hair style!)




Isn't this ensemble adorable??  I love the spunky outfit, splashy boots, and cute Daisy flexi clip!





I saved the best for last! The above ensemble is my favorite!  I'm a blue kinda girl and this outfit is just so cute!  :)  The Sparkly Blue bobbies are spectacular, don't you think??



If you liked the Lilla Rose items featured above, you'll be thrilled to know that Lilla Rose is having a 72 hour sale that ends Saturday night!  You can get 10-15% off all Lilla Rose hair jewelry!



Click here to choose your favorite fall hair accessories!






Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday's Tip: A Healthy Eating Tip



Today I want to share a cooking tip.  If you are on a low carb or carb conscious diet or are just trying to incorporate more vegetables into your nutritional eating plan, you will like this new product I discovered (thanks to my friend, Martha)!



This product may seem gimmicky, but I found it to be a really helpful tool, because it makes it fast and simple to take a zucchini or yellow squash and turn it into healthy "spaghetti noodles!"  The flavor of the squash is mild, and barely discernible under some yummy spaghetti sauce! 

I cook my family's pasta in my big pasta pot, take out the colander insert and drain their noodles, and then throw my veggie noodles in for the last couple minutes while I'm serving the meal.  I've also tossed them in the steamer basket with great results.  This healthy swap is so doable for a busy mom thanks to this little gadget!

I purchased mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon!  You may be able to pick this little guy up at a discount store, I'm not sure.  Let me know if you try one out!  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Marriage Monday: Marriage and a Tube of Toothpaste {Link up}




Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I'm so glad you've joined me as we focus on strengthening and promoting godly marriages, both in our nation and in our own backyards. 

After spending the previous nine months of this year on my godly wife series, I am seeking the Lord's direction concerning what series to tackle next!  (If you have a suggestion, please feel free to email me or comment here!)  Until I receive my marching orders, I'll just trod along blogging about whatever happens to come my way each week!

Today I'm going to examine the role that a tube of toothpaste plays in marriage.






You may think I'm going to address the age-old problem of couples fighting over whether to squeeze the toothpaste tube from the middle or the bottom.  No, actually not.  That issue is very easily solved, in my opinion, by buying his and her toothpaste tubes!  Togetherness doesn't have to include what brand of toothpaste to use or how to squeeze the tube!

No, I'm thinking more along the lines of the object lesson I used with my homeschool co-op character class last week when teaching them about Kindness and Sensitivity to the feelings of others. 

I asked one student to squeeze all of the toothpaste out of a tube and onto a paper plate.  Then, I directed another student to put all of the toothpaste back into the tube.  His incredulous look said it all!  That's an impossible task!


It is just as impossible to stuff unkind, sarcastic, hurtful words back into our mouths after we've let them squeeze out all over our spouses.  Saying "I'm sorry" doesn't clean up the mess in either scenario. 






None of us are above such a sticky situation.  I regret to confess that last weekend when I was visiting my parent's house that I quite unexpectedly made a sarcastic and disrespectful comment to my husband.  I was shocked when the comment escaped out of my lips, as I don't usually speak that way to my husband.  But, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh  . . .  and that thought had been milling around in my heart for quite some time before he "stepped on the tube" and it suddenly squirted out.  

Once it was out there, making a mess of things, there was no stuffing it back into the tube.  

My husband was gracious and forgave me (when I finally got around to humbling myself and asking for forgiveness), but even then, there was no way of putting that sticky mess back into the tube.  

That's why we are exhorted to put a guard over our lips (a cap on our tubes) and to bridle our tongues.  Because those sticky messes we make for ourselves can ruin relationships and destroy marriages . . . 



Death and life are in the power of the tongue . . .  ~ Proverbs 18:20






Your Turn to Share:

Have you ever said something that you immediately wished you hadn't?  Have you learned to bridle your tongue? Please leave a comment here on my blog or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged! You may also email me at elizabeth@yestheyareallours.com if you wish to share a private testimony or a guest post.



If you were blessed or encouraged by this post, please consider sharing it with your friends on Facebook or other social media sites.  Thank you!



Link up:

I'd love to have you link up your blog to mine!  Please link up any past or present posts related to Christian marriage.  Don't forget to link back to my blog!  Thanks!



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Blogs I link up with from week to week:

What Joy Is MinePhotobuckethttp://aproverbs31wife.com/category/of-family-matters/helpmeet/ Making Your Home Sing Monday!  




Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth



  


a-wise-woman-builds-her-home         Messy Marriage      Mom's Morning Coffee



    Wholehearted Wednesday     A Little R & R





Proverbs 31 Link Up  




     Graced Simplicity

Hearts for Home Blog Hop   Hope In Every Season





    http://christianmommyblogger.com/fellowship-fridays-underdog/       Faith Along the Way










Please link up your blog post on marriage below by entering the url of your specific post.  Where it says "Your Name" enter the title of your blog post, not your personal name!  Thanks!  :)





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