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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

our recipe for a happy and healthy marriage

today i am guest posting over on lauren's blog choosing joy.  lauren is getting married this week, and she asked me to share a few tips for a happy and healthy marriage.  (you can check out my guest post here.)

i consider myself blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with ryan.  this summer will mark 10 years that we have known each other, 9 years together as a couple, and 3 years of marriage.  over the course of our relationship, we have found just the right ingredients to make our marriage both happy and healthy.  since ryan and i love to cook and bake, we decided to present our tips via a recipe.  so, from our kitchen to yours, here is our recipe for a happy and healthy marriage . . .

recipe: a happy and healthy marriage
yields: one loving couple

1 pound love
1 ounce patience
1 teaspoon honesty
1 tablespoon trust
1 pint encouragement
1 cup teamwork
1 quart gratitude
1 pinch appreciation
1 gallon communication
1 dash laughter
1 handful time

blend all ingredients together well and bake with love.  season with generous portions of passion.

recipe notes:
the first ingredient in our recipe is love because it is the foundation of our relationship.  our love for one another runs deep, and each day we love like there is no tomorrow.  next we add patience because it is important to stay calm in a marriage without becoming angry or upset at the drop of a hat.  a little ounce of patience certainly goes a long way.  honesty keeps the integrity in our marriage.  no matter what, we have made a vow to always be honest with one another.  we are confident in our relationship, because we trust each other 100%.  encouragement provides support, and we find little ways to encourage each other as often as possible.  teamwork teaches us cooperation and lets us work together in harmony and unity.  no matter what happens, we know that we are a team.  gratitude is necessary because it is so important to remember to say thank you, and to not take each other for granted.  appreciation of the little things, as well as the big things, makes us thankful for one another.  communication is a crucial ingredient because it allows us to be transparent with each other.  we always keep an open mind and an open heart in our communication, and we try to be the best listeners we can be for each other.  laughter connects us.  sometimes we have to remember to not take ourselves so seriously, and we enjoy laughing together.  lastly, time will allows us to work on blending all of these ingredients together.  we always put each other first, and we always make time for each other, no matter what.  we take time to dream together, to explore together, and to be together.

these ingredients help us to have a happy and healthy relationship.  we hope that your relationship is just as delicious as ours!

love, laurie


Mom H. said...

That is a great recipe, and certainly your marriage is a model one! Keep up the good work!

ma pa camlet said...

You two are a match made in Heaven!
you both created a perfect recipe for a lifetime of happiness and love.

Life Happens said...

What a great recipe! You guys are just adorable together. I love how your husband loves to do everything you do!