What My Blogging Hiatus Taught Me About Making Marriage Work

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I’m baaaaack! Many of you wrote to me asking why I hadn’t posted in awhile – thank you for that. All is well, I promise. Admittedly, I took a much-needed hiatus from blogging to spend more time with my husband, who had grown increasingly crankier as I spent more nights pounding my keyboard than cuddling with him on our couch. During the break, my focus was on finding more of a balance between my personal and professional lives. Honestly, I’m so glad I pressed pause. I wasn’t sure how long I would need to come up with a new plan for how to attempt to “do it all” daily, but I told myself, if I just slow down for a minute, the answers will come – and they did.

You know, the main focus of my blog is to share lessons from a marriage in progress – my marriage! – so today’s return post is exactly the kind of thing I had in mind when I imagined how this site would ultimately come together. Below you’ll find the lessons I learned during “the break.” Perhaps there is something there for you too. Feedback welcome!

LESSON ONE: Saying “In a minute, honey!” only works if you mean it!

This was my regular catch phrase at home. After working 11 hours and coming home to my husband, I would sometimes jump on the computer before I’d even finished my nightly household and personal maintenance stuff. He wouldn’t mind at first — because he’s supportive and I love him — but he’d eventually ask me to join him on the couch for a movie or an episode of 30 Rock. My response every time was, “In a minute honey!” Fast forward an hour and he would have already gone to bed (lights out and snoring) and I’d still be feverishly typing away on my laptop. I felt guilty, of course, but the damage was done, so I kept on typing. Then it hit me: This wasn’t a one-off forgivable moment; it was a nighty occurrence. When we sat down to talk about balance, my husband reminded me that it’s important to mean what you say and say what you mean. He truly believed that I’d just be a minute, and each time that “minute” turned into an hour, or two, he felt disappointed. I love my husband more than I can even put into words, and I don’t’ want to ever (ever!) let him down, or make him feel like anything less than the center of my universe — especially not repeatedly. Note to Self: Be realistic with my timing, and commit to what I say. It matters!

LESSON TWO: The world can wait when love cannot!

Looking back on my last year or so of blogging, I realized there were many late evenings and long weekends where I actually convinced myself that it was okay to skip out on movie night plans or a dinner date with my husband to write blog posts and respond to comments because my readers “expected something new” and I didn’t want to let them down. But, following that logic only led me to let my husband down. Which is a crime I deem far worse. I love you guys, I do, but I know now that you all won’t lose a wink of sleep if I decide not to blog on any given day, but if I decide to work or blog instead of go out with my husband, he will. Not to Self: There will be moments when you choose to put your job or your hobby before your marriage, but they must be just that: moments. If they are any longer, or become any more frequent, you’re headed for trouble. Love can’t wait, but the world can!

LESSON THREE: Involve them. Don’t isolate them!

Man and I sat down at the table (so you know we meant business!) and had a seriously real meeting about our marital gripes. He told me that although he felt like a big part of the blog in the beginning, he felt more isolated from it nowadays. Then it hit me: I hadn’t asked him if he wanted to create a new Inside the Man Hole vlog in months! I had left him out of something we dreamed up together. Yikes! He admitted that he might have felt more supportive of the passion I have for blogging if I’d only included him more. What an idiot I’ve been, I thought. He was so damn right, I was speechless in that moment. Note to Self: If you want your spouse to share the passion you hold for the “other loves” in your life, involve them. How can they get on board if you won’t let them in?

LESSON FOUR: Never forget to laugh!

When there is something missing in your household and you can’t quite put your finger on what it is, my guess is, it is laughter that is MIA. It’s easy to overlook the absence of it, but without it, things just don’t feel right. One of the main reasons I married Man is because he’s my best friend in the world and we can always laugh together, even when times are tough. Realizing that we hadn’t shared a hearty, gut-tingling chuckle in a while was actually the main identifier that led me to realize something was really off in our marriage, and I needed to make a change, fast. Freeing up more time for him, and for “us,” instantly resolved that. When you’re together there will inevitably be lots of things (big or small) to laugh at or about. (That’s a good thing!) This is why focusing on the togetherness – be it for ten minutes or two hours – is always key. You should work harder at that than you do at your 9-to-5. Note to Self: Never (ever!) stop laughing. And if you realize you have, address it – immediately!

What has marriage taught you lately? Wont’ you share?

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66 Responses to What My Blogging Hiatus Taught Me About Making Marriage Work

  1. Lamar @ BMWK says:

    Good stuff. Someone once told me don't lose your marriage trying to save everyone else's.
    My recent post Giving Our Children Undivided Attention Isn’t Always Easy

  2. Amber says:

    Welcome back, Charli! I'm in the process of doing the exact same thing. Marriage is all about prioritizing. And while we want to take on and conquer the world, it's easier to do it with our #1 partners-in-crime (our spouses) along for the ride!

    • ManWifeDog says:

      Hey! You are? Are you on hiatus now? How long will it be for? Curious how you determined the length of your break. Hugs, and best wishes on your time off from blogging!!

  3. Mell says:

    I struggle with this in my relationship. I forget how important the maintenance part of a relationship can be. It's not like a car where you change the oil every 5000 miles. A relationship kinda needs a daily/weekly maintenance plan for a relationship to keep on trucking. I'm not married, but I am working on having a stronger relationship with my s.o. I think you hit it on the head with your post.

    • ManWifeDog says:

      Yes, maintenance is the key, yet also the hardest thing to master. It's the give-and-take struggle and finding a balance that can prove to be the trickiest part. But, we push, we learn, and we prevail. Really happy to hear that you find inspiration here. Wives-in-the-making are ALWAYS welcome here! See you back again soon, and thank you for the comment love.

  4. glossedmimi says:

    Great post! I implemented a new rule that the computer must be off by 10 or until he falls asleep. Since I've started that we spend the evenings watching shows or just talking. It has made a huge difference. I think we make the mistake at times of thinking since they support us that they still don't need us.

    • ManWifeDog says:

      Great point. Support doesn't always equal complacency. Also, I did have to tell my husband that he can't tell me, "baby that's okay," if it isn't. That's not fair to him or us! Thanks for sticking with me! How have you been?

  5. Laughter and involving them is crucial. I always let my husband know what I am about to write about especially if it is about our marriage or kids. Therefore he supports me when I do write.
    My recent post A Childhood Emergency: How my Child’s Allergic Reaction Changed My Life

  6. tannis says:

    Oh I can totally relate to lesson number one! A bit like when I say to my daughter "we'll see." She says that always means no! Thanks for sharing!
    My recent post Wanting to do it isn't enough! You have to NEED to do it!

  7. HarlemLoveBirds says:

    Welcome back and thank for sharing your lessons! So many bloggers go on leave and come back but never explain, even in minute detail about what happened besides saying,"I've been busy." This mini-case study is true to your blog's mission and is something your readers will learn from for sure. Well done!
    My recent post Happy Birthday to My Dad!

    • ManWifeDog says:

      You are SO right! It's like, "Hey, where have you been." It makes you wonder if they're truly committed to the blog that you've grown to love. That's why I was determined to return with a (good!) explanation. :-) Thanks for the comment love!!

  8. Cori says:

    Hilarious! Thanks for reminding me that the million times I say, "just a minute" to my husband or my kids, I never mean it and it's never "just a minute."
    My recent post A Childhood Emergency: How my Child’s Allergic Reaction Changed My Life

  9. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  10. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  11. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  12. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  13. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  14. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  15. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  16. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  17. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  18. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  19. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  20. Thank you for being so transparent with this post. You've given me different "Aha!" moments throughout this article…I too am guilty of the "in a minute honey" routine…but that can ultimately be the start of the end, so I am also making a note to myself to stop doing that!!! In my own marriage, I've recently learned that sometimes it's ok to just let stuff go…I'm so used to order and organization that I get worked up over minute things….but thank God marriage is an ongoing learning process that takes effort and LOVE! :)

    Thanks, Wife!
    My recent post Joyce Meyer’s 6 Ways to “Fight the Good Fight”

  21. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  22. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  23. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  24. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  25. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  26. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  27. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  28. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  29. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  30. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  31. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  32. Welcome back from your hiatus. I just found your blog via @LamarTyler.

    Thanks for the reminder to change my perspective on my life as a work at home mom.
    When my husband kisses me on my neck as I'm hovered over my laptop at midnight he's not trying to distract me. He's simply saying "Hey, remember me? I need as much attention as the baby and your blog."
    My recent post How a Postpartum Doula is different from a Baby Nurse or Nanny {Guest Post}

  33. ManWifeDog says:

    Hey there! So glad you found us, welcome! it's interesting to hear you say "as a work at home mom" because I always imagine that being able to work from home would give me the ability to do more and multitask more, but I'm beginning to realize that's probably even harder. Especially with kids! I'm not yet a mom and I already feel slammed? What am I going to do!?! Oy! Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you again soon.

  34. ManWifeDog says:

    Hey! You're welcome. I love that you had an "Aha" moment — those are the best aren't they? I see so many of us wives blogging and I pray we all find the balance and keep our priorities in order always. It can be SO easy to be consumed by the online world. Thanks for the comment love!

  35. Slim Jackson says:

    Good write. I was wondering why my RSS reader hadn't told me anything new in a while. And you came back with a bang.

    A lot of food for thought in this. I've learned that when you feel like you can't step away from "work" that it's time to find new work or step away regardless of the mess you think it may create. When it comes to blogging, it's not like the site will catch fire and there will be nobody there to put it out. The people who support you will come back whenever you do.

  36. Reese says:

    I had the same issue with my hubby. My hubby and I work at different hours. So while he sleeps I'm usually up and about and when he gets to work I go to sleep. I work full-time from home so when he gets ready for shuteye he would ask me me to lay on the bed beside him. I kept telling him to "wait a sec" but when I finally get up to accompany he has already fallen asleep. Well, we've fixed this issue now too.
    My recent post How to Build Credit for Students

  37. Maddie says:

    I've been on this blog several times and its lovely to see you back. Im hoping to see more posts in the future. So many bloggers go on leave and come back but never explain, even in minute detail about what happened besides saying,"I've been busy." – I totally agree with you HarlemLoveBirds!
    My recent post tweedehands bmw

  38. Maddie says:

    I've been on this blog several times and its lovely to see you back. Im hoping to see more posts in the future. So many bloggers go on leave and come back but never explain, even in minute detail about what happened besides saying,"I've been busy." – I totally agree with you HarlemLoveBirds!
    My recent post tweedehands bmw

  39. Maddie says:

    I've been on this blog several times and its lovely to see you back. Im hoping to see more posts in the future. So many bloggers go on leave and come back but never explain, even in minute detail about what happened besides saying,"I've been busy." – I totally agree with you HarlemLoveBirds!
    My recent post tweedehands bmw

  40. Maddie says:

    I've been on this blog several times and its lovely to see you back. Im hoping to see more posts in the future. So many bloggers go on leave and come back but never explain, even in minute detail about what happened besides saying,"I've been busy." – I totally agree with you HarlemLoveBirds!
    My recent post tweedehands bmw

  41. Maddie says:

    I've been on this blog several times and its lovely to see you back. Im hoping to see more posts in the future. So many bloggers go on leave and come back but never explain, even in minute detail about what happened besides saying,"I've been busy." – I totally agree with you HarlemLoveBirds!
    My recent post tweedehands bmw

  42. Maddie says:

    I've been on this blog several times and its lovely to see you back. Im hoping to see more posts in the future. So many bloggers go on leave and come back but never explain, even in minute detail about what happened besides saying,"I've been busy." – I totally agree with you HarlemLoveBirds!
    My recent post tweedehands bmw

  43. TheOpinionista says:

    Your post hit a chord. Ever since I started the new blog in February, I'm not as available as I was before. I get so lost writing new posts (or keeping in touch on social media). I have a husband and two boys and too many times I say "in a minute." I also feel that I have to publish often or else I will disappoint my readers…and all the time I'm disappointing them. I am only at the very beginning of this blogging adventure and I feel that I still have a lot to learn about balance. I'm not glad you went through this hard time with Man, but I'm glad you shared. :)
    My recent post 1st Pregnancy: 5 Things No One Ever Tells You

  44. TheOpinionista says:

    Your post hit a chord. Ever since I started the new blog in February, I'm not as available as I was before. I get so lost writing new posts (or keeping in touch on social media). I have a husband and two boys and too many times I say "in a minute." I also feel that I have to publish often or else I will disappoint my readers…and all the time I'm disappointing them. I am only at the very beginning of this blogging adventure and I feel that I still have a lot to learn about balance. I'm not glad you went through this hard time with Man, but I'm glad you shared. :)
    My recent post 1st Pregnancy: 5 Things No One Ever Tells You

  45. TheOpinionista says:

    Your post hit a chord. Ever since I started the new blog in February, I'm not as available as I was before. I get so lost writing new posts (or keeping in touch on social media). I have a husband and two boys and too many times I say "in a minute." I also feel that I have to publish often or else I will disappoint my readers…and all the time I'm disappointing them. I am only at the very beginning of this blogging adventure and I feel that I still have a lot to learn about balance. I'm not glad you went through this hard time with Man, but I'm glad you shared. :)
    My recent post 1st Pregnancy: 5 Things No One Ever Tells You

  46. TheOpinionista says:

    Your post hit a chord. Ever since I started the new blog in February, I'm not as available as I was before. I get so lost writing new posts (or keeping in touch on social media). I have a husband and two boys and too many times I say "in a minute." I also feel that I have to publish often or else I will disappoint my readers…and all the time I'm disappointing them. I am only at the very beginning of this blogging adventure and I feel that I still have a lot to learn about balance. I'm not glad you went through this hard time with Man, but I'm glad you shared. :)
    My recent post 1st Pregnancy: 5 Things No One Ever Tells You

  47. TheOpinionista says:

    Your post hit a chord. Ever since I started the new blog in February, I'm not as available as I was before. I get so lost writing new posts (or keeping in touch on social media). I have a husband and two boys and too many times I say "in a minute." I also feel that I have to publish often or else I will disappoint my readers…and all the time I'm disappointing them. I am only at the very beginning of this blogging adventure and I feel that I still have a lot to learn about balance. I'm not glad you went through this hard time with Man, but I'm glad you shared. :)
    My recent post 1st Pregnancy: 5 Things No One Ever Tells You

  48. TheOpinionista says:

    Your post hit a chord. Ever since I started the new blog in February, I'm not as available as I was before. I get so lost writing new posts (or keeping in touch on social media). I have a husband and two boys and too many times I say "in a minute." I also feel that I have to publish often or else I will disappoint my readers…and all the time I'm disappointing them. I am only at the very beginning of this blogging adventure and I feel that I still have a lot to learn about balance. I'm not glad you went through this hard time with Man, but I'm glad you shared. :)
    My recent post 1st Pregnancy: 5 Things No One Ever Tells You

  49. Jordan says:

    I agree with number one! My husband is good about saying, "I'll come to bed in a few minutes!", only for me to wake up in the middle of the night with him not there and asleep on the couch. It's just that – dissappointing. I look forward to those times and it really is about saying what you mean, and meaning what you say.

    Good post!
    My recent post Homebody.

  50. Jordan says:

    I agree with number one! My husband is good about saying, "I'll come to bed in a few minutes!", only for me to wake up in the middle of the night with him not there and asleep on the couch. It's just that – dissappointing. I look forward to those times and it really is about saying what you mean, and meaning what you say.

    Good post!
    My recent post Homebody.

  51. Jordan says:

    I agree with number one! My husband is good about saying, "I'll come to bed in a few minutes!", only for me to wake up in the middle of the night with him not there and asleep on the couch. It's just that – dissappointing. I look forward to those times and it really is about saying what you mean, and meaning what you say.

    Good post!
    My recent post Homebody.

  52. Jordan says:

    I agree with number one! My husband is good about saying, "I'll come to bed in a few minutes!", only for me to wake up in the middle of the night with him not there and asleep on the couch. It's just that – dissappointing. I look forward to those times and it really is about saying what you mean, and meaning what you say.

    Good post!
    My recent post Homebody.

  53. Jordan says:

    I agree with number one! My husband is good about saying, "I'll come to bed in a few minutes!", only for me to wake up in the middle of the night with him not there and asleep on the couch. It's just that – dissappointing. I look forward to those times and it really is about saying what you mean, and meaning what you say.

    Good post!
    My recent post Homebody.

  54. Jordan says:

    I agree with number one! My husband is good about saying, "I'll come to bed in a few minutes!", only for me to wake up in the middle of the night with him not there and asleep on the couch. It's just that – dissappointing. I look forward to those times and it really is about saying what you mean, and meaning what you say.

    Good post!
    My recent post Homebody.

  55. daisy1998 says:

    Although I am single I did take a break from blogs/twitter/facebook (still not back on twitter) during the last week of Lent to just tune everybody out and hear from God. Sometimes we need to step away and have quiet time.

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  56. Julie says:

    So true! Such a great article! I really like your 4th point: not to forget to laugh!
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  57. Julie says:

    I really like your 2nd lesson: love must stand always at the first place! Nothing must be as important as our love!
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  58. Shelly says:

    Incredible post! I find that it is so easy to let those "just a minutes" get away from me, too. I think it is probably harder for those of us working from home, since the lines between work and family life are not clearly drawn.

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  60. Great post! I implemented a new rule that the computer must be off by 10 or until he falls asleep. Since I've started that we spend the evenings watching shows or just talking. It has made a huge difference. I think we make the mistake at times of thinking since they support us that they still don't need us.

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