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Tony and I have made it a priority these last couple of years to date. Between tending to the kids’ needs, working, and keeping up on household tasks our marriage was low on the priority list.

We were married after all.

Tony and I busily pursued our own interests as well. And all was good… for two roommates perhaps. You see, we realized that after years of neglecting us – very little of us remained. [I believe many at this point simply chalk things up to “growing apart” and decide to leave the marriage in continued pursuit of separate goals.]

We had a wake-up call of sorts and worked for more than a year to rebuild what was lost.  In all honesty, it was the best thing that ever happened to our marriage.


Because we now truly know how to communicate, working together instead of against each other.  We now understand what it means to make marriage (and each other) a top priority.  And through the thick of it, we rediscovered all of the wonderful things that brought us together in the first place.

And so we date.


And run errands without the kids.

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And sneak off for lunch (or breakfast or dinner or a treat) now and again.

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And have made having fun with each other more important than having fun with anyone else. So… if you are married but feeling very alone this Valentine’s Day.

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Don’t give up hope!  The best part of your story may be yet to come.

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chew on thisI hope you get something yummy from your Valentine.


Greta - February 13, 2012 - 3:42 pm

Adorable and well composed! Made me smile.

Ruthie - February 13, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Aww! She is a cutie!

Saun - February 13, 2012 - 9:11 pm

hahha too cute :)

Jeni - February 14, 2012 - 12:33 am

This is so adorable!

Jodie McLagan - February 14, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Hi Tina, What a cutie pie! Happy Valentines day!!


Michele Q - February 14, 2012 - 7:20 pm

What a cutie!

Heather - February 14, 2012 - 7:41 pm

SO stinking adorable!

serline - February 15, 2012 - 3:59 am

So sweet and cute!

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I love the idea of an inspiration board and have been on the lookout for one ever since reading Maggie’s post HERE.  After briefly tossing around plans of making one, I settled on this:

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A repurposed vintage skirt hanger. At this point, I plan to fill it with cards I have crafted for clients – an idea center of sorts. [I’ll be sure to post images once I’ve filled it so you can see the end result!]

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cookie art

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The boys were home from school yesterday and after a morning with the orthodontist, I thought an afternoon of baking would be fun.

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And because I’m “recycling” a previous faithbooking lesson for the crop this weekend.

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It required making these special treats for the ladies again.

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I kept the decorating simple yet it still managed to satisfy my creative itch.  Hope to see you at the crop!

Colleen Warmka - February 11, 2012 - 9:25 pm

Thanks – they are so simple but gorgeous (and delicious!)

Tina - February 13, 2012 - 1:36 pm

Thanks Colleen!

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