Hi friends! Happy Thursday!!
Sooo...with the start of the new year comes new goals, aspirations and resolutions. I know some people don't enjoy making New Year's resolutions...but I happen to love it :)
I really enjoy identifying areas of my life that need improvement...I mean, we can always be doing better, right??
I have several different "sets" (spiritual, personal health and wellness, etc) of goals for 2017- but today I thought I would share some goals that Aaron and I are going to be working on this year to help strengthen our marriage and give it a little "boost!"
2016 was an amazing year- our precious Marshall John was born!
It was also a very FULL year for Aaron and me.
This past summer, Aaron unexpectedly tore his ACL 2 weeks before we went on a 2 week vacation and had to have surgery at the end of July. I had a (VERY) unexpected c-section with Marshall (at the end of April), then had abdominal surgery in November and just in the last two weeks have had 3 procedures for my varicose veins. While all of these "health events" have gone very smoothly and thankfully, we are both extremely healthy and therefore have had uncomplicated recoveries, it still has been A LOT.
You know how it is- just regular life with kids and work takes a lot of energy and effort...so when you aren't feeling your best- it can make things more challenging!
Basically- where I am going with all of this- is that Aaron and I have definitely put "US" on the back burner over the last 6 months- totally out of sheer necessity!
Now that we are both "back to normal" and no longer have a newborn (squishy little Marshall is 8 months old now!!!)...we are ready to put some more effort into our marriage and give it a little extra TLC :)
Us on New Year's Eve...we were wild and crazy and passed out in bed, watching an episode of House Hunters well before midnight! HA!
Here's what we plan on focusing on this year:
- Check in weekly and ask how we can be praying for each other.
- Go OUT on a date every 6 weeks.
- Have 1-2 AT HOME date nights per month (watch a movie together, share a yummy dessert, doing some conversation cards together, etc)
- Have an early morning coffee "dates" (at home) at least 2 times a week
- Do an act of love for each other at least once a month- this could mean: Aaron surprising me with flowers, me writing Aaron a note and surprising him with a gift card to grab lunch out somewhere, writing the other person a love note....you get the picture :)
Our goals aren't really anything earth shattering....but it sure does feel good to be on the same page with one another and have a "plan" in place to make sure we don't forget about "US." We are in a season of life where the focus is on our 5 precious, young kiddos (and we would NOT have it any other way)- but we still want to make sure we are honoring our marriage and giving each other our BEST!
I would love to know- do you have any marriage/relationship goals this year?
If you don't mind sharing...tell me about them in the comments!! :) I love hearing about how other couples work on strengthening their marriages/relationships with each other!!
Hope you have the BEST day!