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365 days. 110 articles.

24 Feb

Marriage has, is and always will be such an interesting topic. It’s an institution; a lesson; an ideal; a pursuit; a promise.  It can be exciting, fresh and unpredictable yet still naïve in its youth, boring on occasion, and at times completely chaotic.

While matrimony can be paradise for some or prison for others, the only way to understand is to open its doors, enter it’s new and challenging world, and then survive on its founding oaths; both curse and blessing to those brave enough to domesticate it; marriage is truly NOT for the faint of heart.

In as few as five years, we have fallen together and stood back up. We have utterly failed one another and forgiven. We have found beauty in our sacrifices and rebuilt success with broken dreams. We have spoken our vows and depended on them when in need…

So why do we choose such a daunting lifetime commitment when the odds of surviving what we call marriage are against us?

When it all comes down to it – I think life, though sometimes difficult and unrewarding, is simply better when shared… And to be told its impossible or even naïve hope to believe in marriages that last a lifetime – well… to some of us – that is a challenge we are willing to accept.

This past year has been quite the curve for me, in both my marriage and my writing. In fact, they are both turning a corner once again. It’s kind of funny when you’re writing finally catches up with its original intent. Change is good…

In review and after a year of writing, it’s time to start anew and refocus. So THANK YOU for reading my thoughts and sharing yours with mine. MAO has been a blast.

To the next chapter in all of our lives… And may your marriages be blessed with each day shared!

Cheers with wine!

the Mrs.

P.S. I’m going to leave these posts up for a bit… I’ll procrastinate the cleaning for a little while.


A New Year of continued procrastination…

13 Jan

There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house.
Joe Ryan

I never got around to writing a post for Christmas I’m already giggling.

For some reason I love to procrastinate. Sometimes there’s a good reason to delay…

It’s the extra 15 minutes of the best sleep ever. It’s staying up late to drink wine with a girlfriend. It’s skipping writing to play Lego Batman with the Mr.

So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – belated.

As for this year’s goals, I’ll write them so I have to follow through:

Rename blog – yup.

Write consistently.

Do everything else less.

Life is easier with a shorter list.

Cheers with wine.

the Mrs.

What truly makes you smile?

1 Oct

Taking the time every day to focus and remember what brings you true joy and pleasure makes every day better than the last… Here’s a simple list of what catches my smile and keeps me happy from day-to-day. What about you?

It doesn’t matter how bad a day I’m having… recharging in the sun lets me bathe in raw energy and drink in good spirits.

I have to admit, sparkles always perk a smile from my lips… it’s just the girl in me.

Their very existence reaffirms and strengthens my connection to the living world. It’s amazing to watch my babies grow and bloom. Oh, and we also share a love for sunshine :)

My marriage
It’s like a really great novel where I can read another chapter every day. I love having room to be wrong and our entire lives to refine and weave our lives together.

Building a fort
There’s just something about transforming your living room into another world using blankets, cushions, books and a flashlight. I don’t know if I’ll ever get it out of me…

Baking and laundry
I must confess – my penchant for baking and fresh laundry keeps me home even on the weekends… wearing an apron, hashing out the chemistry of basic ingredients, and the crisp feel of sun-dried laundry has become my nostalgic and domestic muse.

The ability to bless is my reward…

Tea time
Those 15 minutes are all I need… pair it with sunshine, a freshly baked biscuit – and my day is set.

Birds in the morning time
I’m at work for 7am every morning so on my way to the car is always a choir of birds perched on branches on my lovely treed lane… after the rain or as the sun wakes up their songs are always full of chaotic yet symphonic notes.

Chuck Norris & Billy Graham
It’s a love-hate relationship really – driving me insane, but crazy in love. Their independence is always a gentle reminder of our mutually enjoyed company. We are best buddies, and their purrs of approval melt my troubles for the day…

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Consider this…

27 Aug

Must all pivotal marriage lessons be difficult?


9 Aug

Sweet &  Simple Reveries…

Over lunch, the Mr. happened to mention that I was “dangerous” for being cute and quiet… Munching on my pizza, I curiously replied – What do you mean “dangerous”? He paused and then followed with –  “intoxicating”. Ooh – can’t say I’ve been described as “intoxicating” before – I quite like that! Big BIG point for the Mr.!

It’s easy to understand love at first sight, but how do we explain love after two people have been looking at each other for years? 
Author Unknown 

the Mrs.

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