We have had our ups and downs as a couple, as most couples do. Sometimes we are so in sync that it feels like we were perfectly made for each other and we are each others missing puzzle piece. Other times it feels like we are standing on separate shores of a very wide and raging river. Our relationship is not always full of sunshine and we have a choice to both stand out in the rain and get soaked or to share an umbrella and weather the storm together. Strong relationships are not just about the fun times that you have but they are also about the trials that you go through together and the fact that you love each other through it all.
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Can you imagine if nothing ever changed in your life? You ate the same food, wore the same outfit, did the exact same activities day in and day out. We need to have change in our lives, it is what makes us grow. To take a quote from Shrek, “change is good Donkey”. We started our relationship as thirteen year old children, very different people from who we are today. It would be unrealistic for either one of us to expect the other to remain like that thirteen year old forever. Every challenge, every loss, every triumph and every heartache has shaped us and made us who we are today. Ten years from now we will again be different from who we are now. Change might seem scary but what would actually be scary is if we stayed the same.
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As a couple we spend a lot of time apart. Dave works out of town and spends most weeks on the road. The only time we have together is usually on the weekends. Someone asked us recently how we manage to stay connected to each other when we spend so much time apart. Let us tell you our little secret, we talk on the phone every day. Sometimes we have very little to say and sometimes we talk for over an hour but, no matter what, we always talk and we make it a priority. Communication has always been an essential part of our relationship, ever since we were thirteen years old tying up the phone lines for hours! We have tried FaceTime and Skype but for us talking is all we need. Now, would it be better if we spent more time together, probably, but you have to make do with what you have! We are all given situations in life that aren’t ideal but its up to us to make the best of every situation that we find ourselves in.
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Spring has sprung! The sun was shining today and the weather was warm, it was the perfect afternoon for a family outing! So we tied up our shoes, hopped in the truck and headed to the park for a stroll along the river. Our daughter was our chauffeur and impromptu tour guide for this adventure; the poor girl has her dad’s sense of direction! After a round about detour we made it to the park and we certainly weren’t the only ones who had the idea of a Sunday stroll in the sunshine. Although we had a million other things that we could have been doing we took the time to enjoy this moment in the sun and each others company. Spring makes us think of new beginnings, in the spring it seems like anything is possible. We are all emerging from our long winter slumber and we are ready to reawaken, refresh, and renew. This year as we are looking forward to all the wonder that spring brings and looking toward summer, we are choosing to slow down and simplify our life to allow ourselves some quiet time and quality time. Soak up that spring sunshine while you can because tomorrow it might be raining!
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