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Everything you ever wanted to know about flirting in marriage.
Ah, flirting. It was so fun back when you were dating...and it came so naturally. He'd whisper a little something in your ear, and you would immediately get butterflies in your stomach. Or she would tease you relentlessly and you would softly - note the word softly - smack her with a rolled up magazine. Ah, the good old days.
You and your spouse may be pro's at flirting (if so, keep it up!), but chances are that in your marriage flirting may have become a long-lost art. Sad day.
If you really want to nurture your marriage in big ways, then it is time to reintroduce flirting, because flirting works in marriage.
It really does.
I'm here to tell you, folks, that whatever level of flirting is currently going on in your relationship, it isn't enough. You can up your flirting game, and in return, enjoy a more connected - not to mention FUN - marriage relationship. Yes, you will be that couple, the one that everyone watches and admires and wishes they could be. No more wishing, time to learn everything you ever wanted to know about flirting in marriage. Dun dun dun...
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When was the last time you looked at a picture from your wedding day, or thought much about the promises you and your spouse made to each other so long ago (or not so long ago)?
One thing that may be easy to forget through the perfectly normal ups and downs of married life is that on your wedding day, you locked your heart.
You locked your heart when you chose your husband or wife to be your one and only, your best friend, your truest confidant, and your only lover. You locked your heart - with your spouse inside - and you committed to never allow anyone or anything to take priority over them. You committed to being fiercely loyal through thick and thin.
In a world that tells us that affairs are normal (and often celebrated), and that when one relationship gets stale it's time to find something new and exciting, remember that deep and fierce loyalty are at the foundation of a happy and healthy marriage. Remember that affairs - emotional or sexual - will never make you truly happy, especially in the long run.
“Love is the greatest gift when given. It is the highest honor when received.” - Fawn Weaver
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We love real marriage advice from real people. And we know you do, too.
Here we have compiled the marriage advice of everyday, ordinary people (who we have interviewed in the past) who are in the thick of their happily ever afters. They have probably been where you are.
If you have ever wanted wisdom and advice from people who are happily married, well then, you are going to love these secrets to a happy marriage.
Enjoy!
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We interviewed 56 married couples to get the best marriage tips, best marriage advice, and secrets to a happy marriage.
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If you’re lucky, you’re living somewhere that the weather stays a nice temperature most of the year. Or, if you’re like me, you’re dealing with snow and cold temperatures and wearing two pairs of socks inside your winter boots just to stay warm on the short walk between the parking lot and your office building.
But no matter where you are living, you and your spouse can be keeping each other’s hearts warm this winter.
Yep, it sounds cheesy. But love is a warm emotion after all.
Here are just a few ways to keep that love alive over the next few freezing months.
serve each other serve others together serve up some romance and take care of your marriage
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We know you. You are a good person. A great person, in fact.
However, if we're being completely honest here, you aren't patient as you would like to be. Especially with your spouse. You get a little irritated, annoyed, frustrated, and agitated with him or her from time to time. Okay, daily. And for good reasons (at least, they seem like legit reasons to you).
Seriously, who wouldn't be irritated if their husband always left the gas tank in the car on empty, or if their wife went out to eat four days a week and then tried to hide it. Frustrating, right? Real issues, right?
Yes, they are real issues, but being impatient is never going to make them get better. Ever.
Listen up, we are going to let you in on a little secret:
20 simple things you can do to practice patience in marriage Why marriage requires patience. Is your spouse annoying or frustrating? Be more patient with him or her. How patient are you, on a scale of 1-10?
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I'm convinced the number one cause of divorce is not adultery, financial problems, or irreconcilable difference. Those are most often symptoms of a deeper problem. FamilyShare.com
There is one issue that is causing many marriages to fall apart. This article discusses what that issue is and provides five tips to prevent it.
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You shouldn't break your wife's heart.

You should love her, embrace her and cherish her.

Unfortunately, that's what an ideal marriage sounds like in an ideal work. Reality looks different. In reality, divorce is a serious problem in our society. Not every marriage is happy and not every marriage lasts. FamilyShare.com
Your wife's heart is precious. You should be careful that you don't break it — it might never heal.
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Having an affair is not even on your radar. Never gonna happen. You love your spouse and you'd never be unfaithful to her or him. However, you may be unaware of other ways you are being unfaithful. If these actions continue, you may find yourself on the slippery slope that leads to that never-intended affair and a sorrow you never wanted in your life. FamilyShare.com
Being alert to ways spouses can be unfaithful to their mates is vital. These 10 behaviors can lead to the ultimate unfaithfulness. Learn them and be on guard.
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He's enchanted you from the first time you met. He's the one you said "I do" to. He's the one you love waking up to every morning. He's the one you fall a little bit more in love with every day. You are happily married to him. But how do you know if the magic you had before you were married is still there? FamilyShare.com
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Mothers have one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. Not only do they give birth to all of their children (which is a difficult process on its own), but they also do most of the child rearing. It's always mom who the children go to when they need help or a question answered. Mom is the first person on their mind, because as we all know, mother knows best. FamilyShare.com
Even the greatest moms doubt themselves sometimes.
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Gaming. It's a sensitive topic, and unfortunately something that has a negative impact on far too many marriages.
Of course gaming on it's own won't necessarily ruin your marriage, but if it takes precedence over your spouse or other responsibilities, it might be time to re-evaluate the role gaming plays in your life.
If we're being blunt, this article is about growing up. About maturing. About learning to live a meaningful life outside of a game. About taking responsibility for your life. About stepping it up as a spouse, employee, and member of society.
That being said, we're not gaming-haters. We're not suggesting that you get rid of your Xbox, PlayStation, or whatever else. We simply want to encourage you in your efforts to nurture your marriage. We've heard far too many stories of one spouse (usually it's the wife) feeling neglected and hurt because the other spouse spends inordinate amounts of time glued to a game.
Video games and marriage. Are games taking over your life? Learn to take care of your marriage, and find balance with your video game time so it doesn't lead to addiction. My spouse spends way too much time on video games. My spouse ignores me because he
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Do you do any of these 10 things? FamilyShare.com
Be sure to guard against these 10 ugly habits that could destroy your marriage.
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We believe that marriage matters, a lot! YOUR marriage matters. By giving the proper care and NURTURING to your marriage, you will find that it will become more beautiful and meaningful than you can even imagine.
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Hey there. 

Aaron & April here. We are so happy you are visiting our site! We are two happily married people, constantly working to nurture our marriage and take care of each other. 

Marriage is so wonderful, and while our marriage isn't perfect, we are striving to be intentional about the little things, day-by-day, and week-by-week. We are creating our "happily ever after."  And you know what? It's working. 

We are also working on nurturing our two rambunctious little boys. They are teaching us about love, patience, and selflessness in ways we never would have imagined. 

We enjoy laughing, goofing off, eating cereal late at night, and watching sports (okay, it really is Aaron that likes watching sports and April is just a good sport!). We love to read books together, go on walks, hold hands, and kiss (and a whole lot more). We are totally real people, with a totally real and beautiful marriage. 

Why NURTURING MARRIAGE?

First off, we aren't counselors, PhDs, therapists, etc.  Sure, April has a degree in Family Science, but we don't pretend to be the end-all, be-all experts.  We believe in marriage. We believe in nurturing marriage. We believe that marriages can be beautiful, meaningful, and fulfilling. Having said that, we know that marriage is something you have to work at, and be intentional about. "Happily ever after," can be a reality, but it requires effort, determination, and commitment - from both spouses. 

Every marriage has its ups and downs and we have yet to meet a happily married couple that hasn't endured bumps in the road.  As we've traveled the road of life together (and continue to do so), we've discovered key principles that make marriage meaningful.  In fact, they make marriage the most wonderful and exquisite companionship imaginable! With the proper care and nurturing, YOUR marriage can become more fulfilling and exciting than you can even dream of.

Families are the foundation of society - and marriages are the foundation a family is built on.  We believe in marriage.  And we believe in families.

We are excited that you are here, and hope you enjoy some good reads (and a few laughs) that will motivate you to nurture your marriage!
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Places we've lived: Provo, UT; Sydney, Australia; San Diego, CA; Greater NYC area; Moscow, Russia; Denver, CO; The inside scoop on April: Graduated from BYU with a BS in Family Science; Comes from a family of 10 kids; People tell her she sounds like a Disney princess; Loves being a stay at home mom; Enjoys working out; Favorite flavors of frozen yogurt: Cookies N' Creme & Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel; The inside scoop on Aaron: Graduated from BYU with BS and MS in Accounting; Works as a derivatives consultant; Never had a cavity (knock on wood); Enjoys going elk hunting with his dad and brother; Plays the guitar, trumpet, and piano; Favorite flavors of ice cream/frozen yogurt: Caramel Cashew & Strawberry Shortcake
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