I know I've said this before, but for those of you who don't know my husband, he is literally the sweetest man I have ever known. He puts my needs and wants before his own 100% of the time. And that sweet man of mine, well he just held me while I cried. He spooned me and he smooched me and he let me know, over and over again, how much he loved me. He helped me make dinner, and then he cuddled me while we watched TV. And it was the most wonderful, perfect, peaceful night. I know I've talked a lot about marriage and how hard it can be, but lately I feel like it's just been so... easy. I'm not saying everything is perfect--obviously we have our moments of frustration and contention, but that's all they are. Moments. I feel like we've both learned what makes the other happy and what makes the other laugh, and we both try to focus on those things, because they're the important ones.
The best marriage advice we've ever gotten was this: Always show appreciation for what the other does for you. Voice that appreciation constantly. Make that your focus. If you don't, you will start having expectations, and eventually you will start having demands.
H and I have made this an every day effort and constantly try to voice our appreciation for one another, and it has made all the difference. Because when I'm telling him how grateful I am that he takes my pictures every morning, or always opens the car doors for me, or goes with me everywhere because I'm such a scaredy cat, suddenly I don't even care that he was playing Xbox instead of doing the dishes. ;] When you focus on the things you love about your spouse, it just makes everything so much easier. And I'm a huge fan of that.
[Sorry for my rant, but make sure you scroll down to enter the Avenue Lou giveaway!!]