Sunday, August 16, 2009

20th Anniversary & Blog Candy!

ETA: I will close the giveaway on 8/16.

Today is my husband's & my 20th anniversary! We can't afford to do anything super special, but we'll go out to dinner (with a coupon!) and the girls will spend the night at a friend's house.

I decided I would celebrate by giving away some blog candy! Now, this isn't a typical stamper's/scrapper's/crafter's kind of blog candy. It's odds and ends from both my PC and crafting stashes. Odds, because marriage can get kind of odd at times, and ends, because our hope is that our marriages will all end well! First, there are stamps that say, "Hang in there." Enough said! Ribbons, because it's always good to tie up loose ends. A Pampered Chef small Mix & Scrape because at times things can get mixed up in marriage and someone has to scrape us off the wall. And some mini-spoons to remind us to always have a servant's heart in our marriage.

I once heard that marriage isn't 50/50 as some would say. It's 100/100. Both husband and wife need to give 100% to the other. Marriage isn't always "wedded bliss" but it is always being shaped more & more into what God wants it to be.

If you'd like a chance to win this blog candy, leave me a comment here with a marriage tip, and let others know about my crafting blog. I am trying to find a venue such as craft fairs to market my crafts so I can give my 100% to my family! I'll draw a random number in a day or so and let the winner know!


One Picky Family said...

Pick me! Pick Me!

Traci M said...

Lori, your post on marriage is great! And your tips on odds and ends are good. And I like your analogys too! And I like your blog candy, of course. Where did you get the idea to give something away on your anniversary???
Oh, and Happy Anniversary!!
And you can't pick Wendy, because she didn't follow the rules!!
Come back here young lady and read and follow the rules.
Well, being a rule follower, my tip on marriage is to encourage your husbands! Whatever you see that is good, tell them. Don't hold back because maybe they aren't verbal and don't hand out compliments freely. One of my favorite things to tell my husband is "You are my hero!" And I truly mean it!

Okay, now you can pick me, pick me!!!

Scrappin' Kat Woman said...


I really appreciate your post, it is so very true. My tip for you is what I try to do everyday with my dh. I focus on the good in him, his kindness, support, and quiet strength and accept the not so good as part of the man I have grown in marriage with for the last 27 years, especially since I have more than my fair share of not so good qualities...
Ok, pick Traci, pick Traci... and give Wendy a chance if she comes back and follows the rules.


ashjoy said...

OK I've tried to comment twice and don't see it, so Happy Anniversary! My tip is feed them well and they will be happy!

~*Leona*~ said...

My tip - be honest with each other, communicate and help your husband pay the bills - even if you are a stay at home mom you can help by just keeping things organized etc. I am a bit bitter - but I hope you have a wonderful anniversary!!!

~*Leona*~ said...

Be honest, communicate and take care of your household together! Happy Anniversary Lori!

Karen Lynn said...

Happy Anniversary! My advice is what Dr. Phil says, "Ask yourself, what is one thing I can do today to make my spouses day easier?"

Miss Iowa said...

HAHA! I have that "hang in there" clear stamp, and I'm not even married. ;)

So, what would a single woman give for a marriage tip? Listen to Aretha Franklin. Seriously. The Queen of Soul knows what she's talking about, and it's called R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Miss Iowa said...

P.S. Congratulations on making it to 20 years! That's awesome.

Lois Jones said...

Hmmm advice on marriage, well one of the best things for me has been to learn to pick my battles. Some thing just aren't worth fighting over.

Oh and I ditto Wendy, Pick me, Pick me. LOL!!

Cassie said...

Congratulations on 20 years! That is fantastic! My husband and I just celebrated 10 years. For us, our key is rediscovering each other on a daily basis. Because he deploys every other year we know that tomorrow isn't a certain thing. We pray for and with each other so often. We discovered each other's love language and try to love each other in the way we need to be. Of course, you've got a whole 10 years on me, so I'm the one who could use tips from you ;D

One Picky Family said...

Okay, here's my advice:

Take time for each other w/o the kiddos around. Take care of yourself so your DH gets the best of you, not what's left of you.

peggysue said...

Lori, I'm so glad I got here to read your blog post about marriage, it sure can get mixed up!
Tell you what, if I happen to win, I will pass my win along to Wendy. Pick her, pick her, pick her!

My marriage tip . . . tell your spouse you love them every day. Don't sweat the small stuff and 99% of it is small stuff.