This week Jay and I celebrate 9 years of marriage. A wonderful and amazing milestone, and something that we have worked hard at. We thought the wedding was tough! Three kids, four houses and a few job changes thrown in there have all been wonderful ingredients in strengthening and sustaining our marriage. With God as our strength we have not only survived but grown deeper in love as each day of each year moves us on.
I remember reading something by H. Norman Wright early on in our marriage about using creativity to enhance the romance and relationship with your spouse. I have just recently found it again, and would love to share it here, as it helped keep me grounded, and gave me some insights into this wonderful woman that I married.
1. The element of the unexpected. Anything that is repeated month after month, year after year, can easily become humdrum.
2. The element of dating. Laugh and enjoy each other and be a little crazy.
3. The element of the impractical. Impractical romantic events can create moments to remember.
4. The element of creativity. Discover what delights your partner and then make those delights happen in creative ways.
5. The element of the daily. Romance involves daily acts of care, concern, love, listening and giving each other your personal attention.
6. The element of commitment. If commitment to each other is at the heart of your marriage, romance will thrive.