Ryan and I have been together for over 10 years and married for 6.5 years. We aren’t experts at marriage by any means but there is no doubt that we are smitten with one another and we love being married. We don’t always agree and things aren’t always smooth sailing but we without a doubt love one another and love spending life together.
When we had kids we quickly learned that our dynamic changed a little bit in this house. It wasn’t just about the two of us anymore. Life also included a tiny human that demanded much of my attention. With that was a learning curve and some adjusting…for both of us. Now with two little ones or finding that even more of our time is split and focused in an additional two different directions leaving us needing to be even more intentional with making time for one another and maximizing that time we do get together!
You might remember my post a month ago about Ryan and I’s “Date nap” at home. I shared a bit about how we feel it’s important to make time for one another including saying:
“One day many years from now, our children will be grown and we will be left with an empty nest. We’ve talked about this all before and the last thing we want is to look at each other feeling like we are a couple of strangers that just did life together for the last season of parenting and are now left unsure of what to do with our empty nest or the stranger we share it with. “
Marriage is so important to us in our house. We aren’t experts and we don’t have it figured out but it’s strong because we both want it, we both are certain in it and neither of us want to take it for granted.
Have your heard of Marriage 365? It was built by the husband and wife team Casey and Meygan Caston with the desire to stop marriages ending up broken and in divorce. They want to help marriage thrive and not just survive. I’ve been following along with them on Instagram for a while and tomorrow’s (5/18/16) Naked Conversation’s Webinar stuck out to me so I’m sharing it with you.
I’ve never been to one of their webinars but I’m excited to join in tomorrow’s webcast because it’s all about “saving your marriage from your kids”. As parents themselves they are in the thick of it like the rest of us. They get what you are going through right now in your marriage. They’ll be talking about many of the obstacles like most of us face. I love being a parent so much and so does Ryan. Anyone who knows the two of us will tell you that our kids are our greatest joys. Those closest to us would hopefully tell you that they know how much we love each other and want a thriving marriage too. There’s no doubt though that the two of those things can be a juggling act though. Like the image above says – our marriage matters more that we have kids because they are counting on us.We will be the example that our kids see and follow and we want to make sure it’s great.
One of the bullet points for the topics they will be talking about stuck out to me: The do’s and don’ts of arguing in front of your children. BAM. Do you struggle with this? Ryan and I try not to argue in front of the kids but the truth is, sometimes it happens. Usually it’s a mild squabble but afterwards we go “we really need to knock off those kinds of conversations in front of the kids.” Is that something you relate to, too? I think some disagreeing in front of the kids is okay if it’s done in the right manner and they can see it coming from a place of love instead of a place of anger. I’m really interested to see Casey & Meygans insights on the “dos and don’ts” among the other topics they will be covering.
Here’s the webinar details:
- The webinar is tomorrow night – Wednesday, May 18th at 6pm PST (that’s 7pm MST, 8pm CST & 9pm EST) – and runs an hour. You don’t have to show up, although I hear it’s a lot more fun if you do, because you’ll get the replay link to watch it later if that works best for you. I don’t know about you but I really appreciate that because – parenting. Things happen.
- The cost is only $10.
- You get access to the webinar, a couples connecting worksheet, and 20 Ways to Show Your Spouse Love eBook, chock full of great ideas to express your love in creative ways.
I feel like $10 is a pretty affordable investment in your marriage to learn a few things or be reminded of a few things to help your marriage thrive. Even if your marriage is really good, like ours is where you know you’re on solid ground, I think this webinar could still be a great wealth of information for a minimal investment. I know I’m personally excited to check it out!
Tell me – are you joining in on the webinar? What are some things you struggle with being a parent and a spouse?
Disclosure: I am not compensated by sharing this webcast with you or for any of you that sign up. I’m sharing this webcast with you simply because I think that it’s something the readers and community of Joyfully Smitten would enjoy!