Submitting When You Are A Natural Leader – Pt 2

Submission series from | Interviews, stories, and ways to enjoy your role as a wife.I have loved collecting stories about what it means to be a submissive wife this summer!  This is part two of the series.  Last time, Jenny gave 5 ways to submit to your husband that reflect the Biblical model.  This week, I’ve asked my older sister Ashley to share.  As adults we are great friends and love to spend time together!  But I still sing my sad song of growing up with a “bossy” older sister in charge of every game, activity, and birthday candle.  You middle children know what I’m talking about… :) She is extremely extroverted, a gifted communicator, and one of the strongest people I know!  And she is also a great wife.  But often I see wives with these strengths and personalities run over their husbands.  Sometimes unintentionally!  We don’t want to become shy with our gifts and ignore who we are, but we also want to be submissive.  This balance is tough for anyone to learn, but it can be even harder when we are natural leaders.  From the outside, it’s obvious that Ashley and Josh’s marriage employs each of their Biblical roles while still maintaining who they are as individuals.  Ashley may be a strong person, but my brother-in-law is definitely the head of their family!  So here’s some advice and stories my sister shares from the inside of their marriage… [Read more…]

Dear New Mom…

Need some encouragement?  Must read advice for a new momI had a reality check yesterday morning.  It was preceded by a quite a display of immaturity and frustration that I’m shamed to admit.  It was one of those moments where I just lost it – lost my patience, my composure, my focus.  After 45 minutes of Elliot screaming at the TOP OF HER LUNGS, I decided to join her – raising my own voice and shedding plenty of tears.

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Cross Family Thankgiving

Thanksgiving Idea and a reflection on thankfulness from realmarriedlife.comIn our living room sits an over-sized pink chair.  I like to think of it as red.  Maybe that’s because it helps me think of it as a piece fitting with our decor. . . rather than the old, college dorm, hand-me-down pink chair it actually is.  With a newborn, I spend plenty of time there these days.  To keep the days and nights from blending together, I move my camp from a grey chair in the nursery at night to the pink (“red”) chair during the day.  I spend several hours in that old chair every day. Even though more of those hours are spent learning about home renovations and contemporary furniture on HGTV than I would care to admit, for the most part my time in the pink chair is anything but exciting.  The days can be long, I can feel discontent, and the demands of life can get me down.

But on our living room wall, directly across [Read more…]

What I Learned From Watching My Mom

What matters after 34 years of marriage - lessons about being a wifeMy mom’s birthday is this week, so Happy Birthday to her!  My parents have been married for 34 years, and their relationship means so much to me.  My two sisters and I have learned so much about the role of a wife from watching our mom.  Here are some of the best lessons I’ve learned about being a wife over the years:


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In-Law Round Up

It’s almost February, so the new year is in full swing!  It’s so nice that the holidays are over and life can go back to a normal schedule.  Big sigh of relief for everyone!  As far as our holiday season goes, we missed traveling to our relatives because we were traveling overseas during the break.  We took a ten day trip to Israel together, and it was an amazing experience to share together!

Israel Trip realmarriedlife.comHowever, it’s great to be back and start 2014 with all that it will bring.  After making it through the holiday season, I’m sure many of you have in-laws on the mind.  Making it through November and December comes with lots of time spent with relatives [Read more…]

Get Through the Holidays with Your Sanity Intact

Advice for your marriage and family to make it through the holidays and enjoy celebratingHappy Thanksgiving!  If your life hasn’t sped up yet, it’s coming!  From Thanksgiving to New Year’s is a full and busy time.  And if you don’t plan ahead, your marriage and family will experience a chaotic rather than joyous time of the year.  From juggling schedules, budgets, family get-togethers, menus, and multiple parties, this stressful time of year can easily leave you in exhaustion.  But it doesn’t have to!  It can still be a relaxing and magical part of life, as long as you [Read more…]