21 December 2014

Eighteen Years and the Meaning of Love

Eighteen years ago today the words found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 were in our wedding. We didn't know then what they truly meant. Or, at least, I didn't. I thought I knew what love was. I really did. Love was sweet and fun and made me feel alive. There are so many stages of love and of marriage. You come into it with your own baggage and have to learn what it's like to grow and live together. We have definitely had our share of hard times but I wouldn't trade them. That's hard to say sometimes but love is proved and forged in the hard times.

That's not to say that I don't feel the same things as the day we wed. I feel them, maybe more now than ever. They've intensified. They've blossomed. And these words may sound completely cheesy but they're honest and true. And I'm also not saying that I have it figured it out after eighteen years. Not even close.

I do think that God's been working on my heart to get some of the verse above hammered into our daily lives. Especially patience. Oh, people. Don't pray for patience unless you truly mean it. I mean, honestly, the only way to learn patience is to have things to be patient about. It doesn't come about magically though sometimes I wish it would.

Love, true love, reflects God. His character. Love is not a word. It's an action. A choice. Each day I have to make a conscious decision of whether I will be patient, kind, keep no record of wrongs. But, don't get the wrong idea...I don't do this alone. I could never be the kind of wife I want to be on my own. God does that in me. Through me.

God's love never fails. So, when we rely on God to love our spouse through us, that love will never fail either. I am so blessed to have this man. When I get to lay my head on my husband's chest and just be his wife. When he holds me close and tells me how much he loves me even still. I am so thankful, I could cry. Sometimes I do.

So, when you are in the middle of a rough spot or at the top of a mountain...keep your chin up. Love always perseveres.

17 December 2014

Amazon: Fun Frozen Gifts

Seeing as my daughter is obsessed with all things Frozen, including knowing the entire soundtrack by heart, I figured I'd share some of the fun Frozen products I found on Amazon. Keep in mind that this post does contain affiliate links which means I will get a small commission based on your purchase. But, enough of those details...here are the products! Just click on the photo to bring you to the correct page on Amazon.

Aren't those all so cute?! I know my 6 year old would be thrilled with any one of these for a Christmas present. What would your child like the best?

KitchenAid Deal of the Day at Amazon

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Select items up to 50% off!! 

They have 6 qt Pro Stand Mixers for $179Let that sink in.

I have been wanting a KitchenAid mixer for the longest time. This is a great deal. Click on the link below to see what other deals they have today! 

Have fun shopping and Merry Christmas!

16 December 2014

Deal: Julep Naughty & Nice Mystery Box

Julep saved the best Mystery Box of the year for last - just look at those two colors that come in the Naughty & Nice Mystery Box. Need a few creative ways to inspire your readers to purchase a Mystery Box for themselves? Just think, for $24.99 you can get $150 worth of fabulous stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, gifts for the sitter... and I'm sure you can think of someone else on you list that would love a little Julep.

December Mystery Box

Each Naughty & Nice Mystery Box will contain two must have colors - Patricia and Sue - and the rest will be a surprise! The total value of the box is $150 which makes it top rated value at only $24.99. Get it in time to gift for Christmas using expedited shipping. If you spend $50 or more, your expedited shipping is FREE. Score some last minute gifts and maybe even something you have had your eye on, too!

Fine print: Offer expires on 12/19/2014 at 11:59pm PT, or while supplies last. Purchase of multiple Naughty & Nice Mystery Boxes may result in polish or product overlap. Offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount (e.g. Maven 20% discount). No exchanges or returns are possible on Mystery Box, individual items, or add-ons. Estimated full retail value is at least $150.00 for all Naughty & Nice Mystery boxes. Taxes vary by location. Free expedited shipping offer is valid on orders of $50+ on Julep.com and does not apply to Welcome Box orders. Offer expires 12/18/2014 at 11:59pm PT. Orders placed after this date are not guaranteed to arrive by December 25, 2014. Christmas delivery is not guaranteed for shipments outside the continental US or delays caused by weather. Taxes vary by location.
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