Welcome Home: Building A Life Together

I love the description of home in Elle Varner’s Welcome Home song off her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect (2012). In the chorus she gives a vocal blueprint of the life she wanted with the man she loved, which included a good man who was her best friend, lover, forgiver of her wrong doings, a two-car garage, and reminder that anything and anywhere can be home.

It is still one of my favorite songs from the album. In marriage, I think we all generally want those same things. Once you've made that intimate covenant with your spouse, home is with the heart of that other person, and it doesn't matter where you live or how much money you have. HOME (being the results of the efforts you both put in) is the BRICKS (being the decisions, compromises, and work) that you've laid over time as you build your life together as one. I recently posted this on the Caramel Conversations Facebook fan page.


After purchasing our sofa set last weekend, cleaning it, and finally sitting in our completed living room; hubs and I gave each other the nod and said simultaneously, "We did that!" BTW, moving and cleaning was made easy thanks to some good ole' MJ on YouTube! We are so proud of everything we've accomplished this past year. No it wasn't always easy on us, but we worked together, remained faithful, and the blessings continue to come! It takes time to build a life with someone, and for some it may happen quicker than others. What matters is that you lay those bricks together one at a time. When you’re both able to see what you've accomplished as husband and wife, you’ll be reminded of the intimate bond that grew as you built the foundation for your life together.

Happy Forever!

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5 Ways To Show Your Husband You Love Him

Happy Thursday!

In honor of celebrating our first year of marriage (this past weekend), I'm sharing 5 daily ways to show your husband that you love him. As I mentioned in our wedding story, we did pre-marital counseling as part of the nuptial process. We learned so much about the purpose of marriage and how to be a blessing to one another. One of the first and most important things we learned was that we are God's gift to each other. That is the foundation on which we hold onto everyday.

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It's the reminder that we are each other's gift that gives us the ability to continue giving to one another...even when you've had a bad day at work, or your morning went terribly wrong, and you don't feel that you have anything to give to your husband.


We did a low-key celebration for our one year anniversary. Hubby took me shopping for a new winter wardrobe! I've been wanting to update my wardrobe for a while now. In fact, we both planned to do a winter haul. He's such a gentleman, that he wanted me to go first...brownie points for hubs! Then, we went to our favorite pizzeria for dinner. After all that shopping, it was nice to sit and eat a good meal, while reflecting on the blessings we've had this past year.

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What other ways do you show your husband you love him every day?

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