One beautiful Saturday morning over 25 years ago, I greeted Matt at his front door for our fourth date. At this point, I wasn’t really interested in a romantic relationship with him. But when he opened the door and our eyes connected, I knew at that specific point I was going to be Forever His Girl.
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I wish I could tell you, that our marriage, has been filled with roses, long walks on the beach and absolute bliss. However, that is not the reality of marriage. But what I can say is through the grace of God, we have learned what it truly means to love each other through sickness and health, during good times and bad.
Through the years, people have asked us how did we manage to stay married to the same person for 23 years. We believe if it was not for God our marriage would not have lasted. However, through the year we’ve learned a few things that we wanted to share.
Here are 3 tips on the keeping romance alive in your marriage
Flirty with Each Other – After you, you’ve been married for a will it easy to get into a routine and your spouse can seem a little boring. Matt and I learned to flirt with each other even when we are not in the mood. At first, it felt forced, however, after a while we noticed a new attraction for each other. I make it a point to whisper sexy messages in his ear when he is walking out the door to go to work. He likes to compliments areas that he finds attractive on me.
Daily Huges and Kisses – There was a time in our marriage that we felt distance and we notice that we hadn’t hugged each other in a few months. So now we make it a point to hug and kiss every, each other, morning. Before he goes to work, I like to walk him to the door and we hold each other as we go over our plans for the day. At night, we wish each other a good night.
Date your Spouse – Life gets busy, however, it important to make time for each other that goes beyond the kids, at least once a week.
When our oldest son JJ was born, Matt was just finishing college and we did not have a budget to go out on dates and Matt was working long hours. So, I would plan dates with him at home after JJ went to sleep. One time, I surprised Matt with a romantic picnic set up in our front room. Another time, Matt made me a relaxing candle lite bath, and we had a game night.
We hope you find our tips helpful and wish you a blessed year.
Bonus Suggestion: This weekend schedule a date night with your spouse and go see Forever My Girl
Forever My Girl tells the story of music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.
Forever My Girl is an uplifting romantic film about second chances. It releases in theaters on January 19.