I heard a song this week on the radio and one line stood out to me....'Promise me you'll always be happy by my side, I promise to sing to you when all the music dies.' It's that second part that got me thinking 'I promise to sing to you when all the music dies.' These past few weeks have been sort of a newlywed period again for us. The first couple of weeks it was like we were first married again. New feelings of renewed respect, attention, walking hand in hand, butterflies in my tummy, lots of gentle touches and unexpected hugs. Then this last week or so life returned back to normal...busy schedules, stressful situations, kids fighting, mommy's grouchy, daddy's grouchy...like we had been married for years. Well, I mean, we have...been married for years. We are settling into real life again, but with more respect for each other, more hugs, taking an interest in each others hobbies and taking time to spend more quality time together. It's like the newlywed period has worn off, the music has died, but we are still singing to each other. Still remembering what is important to keep each other 'happy by my side'. They say that a good habit takes seven weeks to develop. I think we are well on our way.
I especially liked that this past weekend, when I was grouchy and bit off your head because you interrupted me and I abruptly said, 'I wasn't talking to you,' and then realized that I was wrong and turned to you to sincerely apologize, that you accepted my apology and we moved on. We didn't let it turn into anything more. We didn't re-hash it for hours. We weren't short or curt with each other. We moved on. Lovingly. Knowing a mistake had been made but an apology offered and accepted. I am realizing more and more how wrong I have been in not admitting my faults and not saying sincerely 'I'm sorry' as much as I should have been. I think we are figuring out how to keep singing to each other when the music dies. I'm proud of us!
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I really like your letter this week. I am glad that you can realize that sometimes it's not totally my fault when things go haywire. Sometimes I feel that you think that you are always right. The Mom is always right but as a partner there needs to be give and take. Thanks for the "give and take". We work well together and I think we have proven to each other that we can still have fun and love each other. We have to remember not to dwell on the little quirks or mistake that we make.
I love that you finally listened to the words in a song. I like the huge change that has started in our relationship and I'm excited to keep the momentum. I have noticed a change in the way our kids talk also and take care of each other. Things are not always perfect but that keeps life interesting. Now...is it Wednesday yet? You know, Wednesday is the new Friday.
What we have been working on this past week:
1.) New rule in our home. No internet for mommy or daddy between the hours of 5 pm - 9 pm. The most important time of our day. The time we are together as a family. Time for dinner to be prepared, homework to be finished up, reading time, family scripture and prayer time, time to focus on each other and our children. It is working. There have been some 'exceptions' for work related stuff, but no surfing, blog hopping, twitter. Our evenings have been smoother, quieter and nicer.
2) Kids bedtime is 8:30 or at least in their room by 8:30. This has given us more time in the evening to hang out. More us time.
3) Rule Number Three in communication. Start conversations with 'I feel' instead of an attack that starts with 'You are'. You can't argue the way someone feels. That is their feelings and we are trying to address and be more sensitive to how we make each other feel.
We worked hard on a project together last week inspired by this series. It is for our master bedroom. We can't wait to share it with you this week when we reveal our master bedroom mini makeover on Thursday!
Also...if you missed my exciting shop announcement yesterday evening....you can find it here.