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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.

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Marriage is Becoming Obsolete…Or Is It? (via EmBodyPolitic)

26 Nov

Marriage is Becoming Obsolete...Or Is It? The media coverage over the last week would have one think that Americans are racing to trade in the clang of wedding bells for the sweet sound of independence… or at least cohabitation (“shacking-up”). A Pew Research study released Thursday documented the continued decline of traditional marriage and a rise in cohabitation and remaining single. The study also found that when asked ,“Some people say that the present institution of marriage is bec … Read More
via EmBodyPolitic

Very interesting article… While we should all remember that polls and statistics are generalized by many factors, the question still remains – Is marriage becoming obsolete? Keep in mind that according to this research study 4 in 10 Americans think it is – while the other 6 don’t. Check out my comments and leave yours too! I would love to hear your thoughts…

the Mrs. | November 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM | Reply

I agree wholeheartedly that marriage is EVOLVING. Throughout history the institution of marriage has changed to represent it’s respective societal ideologies.

The purpose of marriage continues to be refined according to our lifestyles and geographic locations. In North America, since the early 1900′s marriage has steadfastly been rooted in love, and with such an elusive ideal placed on the institution it is no wonder that marriage has crumbled under such weight.

Originally marriage presented a contract that secured financial, political and social status for families; now – through glamorized media it offers a promise of finding your soul mate and happily-ever-after.

Unfortunately, we all have multiple soul mates, and love ebbs and fades seasonally so marriage has begun to ride the same waves of popularity contests. Although marriage is no longer at the forefront of North American bucketlists, there will be a season again where the institution will offer and represent something elusive, treasured, and rare.

Right now we are focused on including everyone’s rights to get married – gays, lesbians, anyone interested will be able to practice. This is a historical precedent that will further change the institution of marriage as we now know it.

I believe that these changes are incredibly fascinating and focus on our changing society’s beliefs. Marriage will never be obsolete – the institution will always continue to evolve, but the practice of sharing our lives together will always stand resolute and remain an integral part of our lives…

Discussion anyone?

the Mrs.

Article Round UP

3 Jul

Oh No, I Married an Extrovert!how does your marriage balance on the social scale? lorilowe@marriagegems

Marriage… & Buying Shoes so are you an impulsive or patient shopper? @miniskirtmama

Machiavellian In-Law Managementit’s a good thing I get along greatly with my in-laws, but this — is genius! jeff@cheaptalk

Wedding Monogram Postage for those who cherish the small details @zazzle.com

Stop Wasting Time Looking for Mr. Right don’t read this unless you’re truly ready to hear it @johnshore.com

Friends or Lovers?a crucial factor in successful marriages debbieloyd@beyondtheweddingceremony

Have You Contracted “TV”?you see? there is method to our madness ;) @thefathersthreegifts

Where Is My Ring?what women should accomplish before even daring to ask… ashley-renee@justathought

Thoughtful Marriage“…what seems like a prison sentence to some, is a precious gift to others” cathleencarr@ready,set…wife!

The Husband Whisperer4 tricks to communicating with your man jodiegould@woman’sday

Marriage and Skinny Jeansladies, how do you fit into your skinny jeans? @thinkingstilletos

Article Round UP

28 Jun

Top Reads This Week

Due to internet service connection problems, this week’s Article Round UP has not be posted.  Please check back next weekend for more interesting articles… And – thanks for your patience :)

the Mrs.

Article Round UP

19 Jun

Top Reads This Week

Cotton Candy Marriageswe’re all just different flavours jens@reflectionsinhindsight

In Sweden Men Can Have It Allbest place for new dad’s to live katrinbennhold@thenewyorktimes

How to Hold Onto Your Husbandthree rules insure against infidelity? missklamoine@hersteria

The Daily Temperature Readinghow to develop open and flowing communication arlene@arlenesnewbeginning

Radical Work Autonomy in Marriagedefinitely check out the video at the end! interesting concept when applied to marriage… jdmoyer@theblogofjdmoyer

If you like it, keep the ring out of it: why “wedding culture” is bad for women and marriage – how weddings are no favour to marriage tradition @hannabrooksolsen

Time Out: Part Two – What are Standards for?I don’t know how to connect this to marriage but it’s definitely relevant none the less… ponauthor@pursuitofnobilityauthorsblog

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