Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Not Your Typical New Year Post

Happy New Year! (Yup! It's never too late to say Happy New Year). 

I know, in a couple of days, January is over. How's your 2016 so far? Hope everything is going well in your life. 

As for me, hmm.. My family had a great New Year celebration but days after that, let's just say that it was not a favorable start. But I do not want to dwell on it too much. I know God has bigger plans for me and my family. 

And He never fails to amaze me.
I was not able to blog as often as I wanted to. Why? Because I spent some quality time with my family. 

And life happens.

If you are following my posts on this blog, you would remember that we moved to the north. Going back home (where there's a lot of familiar faces and places) for the holidays gave me a different kind of high. Absolute happiness is an understatement.

Home-cooked meals (done by my mom and mother-in-law) were such a delight, seeing my daughter open up and play with other people (aside from us, parents) was a beautiful sight, and that vacation made us, Hubby and I, closer.

I try to keep my private life, well, private but I cannot help but to share some of the things I learned during that more than a week of vacation.

1. One of the challenges of being in a long term relationship (in our case, we have a 15-straight-year relationship and counting) is being comfortable with each other. I am not saying that it’s a bad thing but sometimes, both of you need to work on surprising each other.

What he did was he left my daughter to my in-laws (2 days ahead of us). On the first day, he did all the household chores and surprised me with a simple chocolate cake then a dinner date, just the two of us. Yes, I am super duper easy to please.

2. On the second day, he gave me a different kind of “me-time”. He reported for work that day and left the house all to myself. It was surreal. I am not used to having a slow-paced day. Everything about me is either a beautiful chaos or multi-tasking kind of day. So having that alone time was memorable.

What I am trying to point out here is that in marriage, simple things really matter. I never knew that you could actually love a person you’re already inlove with on a different light/level. I don’t know if I am making any sense but after that holiday, I have more love and more respect to my husband. He’d always been supportive and good to me all these years.

In exchange, let’s just say that all the dancing done during my younger years paid off. It's like a Tatum-kind-of-household now. Hahaha!

On a serious note, I am no expert but due to experience, I have a simple reminder to all of the wives (and husbands, too) out there. Treat your husband like it was during the “honeymoon” stage, appreciate all the little things he does for you, and to never ever take him for granted because at the end of the day, he's the one who will be there for you... the person who will make you laugh, the one who will encourage you, the one who will wipe away your tears, the only person you will kiss good night to and the face that will greet you in the morning when you wake up. The one who will give you love, the love that you truly deserve. The one who will make you a priority. 

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person”.  – Mignon McLaugh


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