You read that title correctly! My husband turns 23 today, and I wanted to commemorate his birthday by sharing with him and with the world 23 things I love about him and what he does for our relationship.
Let's get started, because 23 is a lot! I will elaborate on some and leave others with just their title!
1: HE IS MY BEST FRIEND
2: HE IS HANDSOME
3: HE SPOILS ME
4: HE LETS ME SPOIL HIM
5: HE IS KIND
6: HE LOVES MUSIC
7: HE IS A MAN OF GOD
8: HE HELPS OTHERS
9: HE CARES ABOUT MY MENTAL HEALTH
10: HE IS SO CREATIVE
11: HE MAKES ME LAUGH
12: HE IS LEVEL-HEADED
13: HE BRIGHTENS MY DAY
14: HE HAS EMPATHY
15: HE LOVES ANIMALS
16: HE MAKES CONTENT WITH ME
17: HE DOESN'T FOLLOW GENDER ROLES
18: BUT HE KNOWS WHEN TO SPEAK UP FOR ME
19: HE CALLS ME EVERY DAY AFTER WORK
20: HE ALWAYS TRIES TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER WHEN I AM SICK OR SAD
21: HE ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING NICE TO SAY
22: HE IS POSITIVE
23: HE HAS SPENT 5 YEARS WITH ME
There are without a doubt millions of people who will be going into this weekend without a father or grandfather to celebrate. Because my father isn’t in my life anymore (by my own choice), and because my grandpa recently passed away this year, I am now one of those millions who may feel a little off this Father’s Day.
I do have an awesome father-in-law and grandfather-in-law to celebrate, and I suppose my brother and husband are both fathers to furry little friends. However, I know this is an issue that many deal with.
Today, I’ll be giving suggestions on how you can enjoy this holiday even if your father isn’t in the picture, or if you’ve lost the loved ones you would traditionally celebrate. Keep reading for more:
HONOR A FATHER FIGURE
Take them out to lunch, buy them coffee, or send them a special card. Do something to celebrate them and thank them for being a father to the fatherless.
CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF FATHERS/GRANDFATHERS YOU HAVE LOST
ENGAGE YOUR SPIRITUAL SIDE
Religious spirituality might not be for you, but perhaps simply meditating and focusing on the intricacy of life and of yourself will help you engage your spiritual side. This can help you forget about the worries and anxieties that you associate with Father’s Day.
INTERVIEW YOUR PARTNER IF YOU ARE CHILDLESS
Ask your partner what they would want to teach your child or what they think is the most important thing they learned from their father. The answers will not only help you learn even more about your partner, but will also help you understand what they’ll be like as a father!
GO SEE A MOVIE
These include the new Spider-Man movie, Men in Black: International, Dark Phoenix, Aladdin, Ma, and so many more.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SALES
Good Housekeeping has actually gathered a list of sales happening at some of your favorite stores, both online and in person!
So, with my tax return and a little bit of extra money I had after paying bills in hand, we set off to put on a budget wedding. Here are the individual things we did to make the wedding more low-cost:
As previously mentioned, we chose to have our wedding in the church we were attending. It was free and we knew that it would accommodate just about the right number of people. There were some down sides to this, of course.
Because it was in a southern Baptist church, we didn’t share a first dance. That is something that I regret, but that is more because we didn’t have the cash to spring for a nicer venue for the reception. We had the reception in the church’s fellowship hall.
The good thing about this was that it was free and it was easy to reserve the space.
We used some of the leftover fabric from the hearts on our table. We bought some little, stained-glass vases from a craft store and filled them with fake flowers, butterflies, and pinwheels from the dollar store. I bought most of my décor from the dollar store!
I don’t have exact numbers, but I came out way under $100 for the yarn, and my mom made them for me for free!
I had a friend from work take photos at my wedding. She did it for me as a gift for my wedding. She didn’t have much equipment, and I had to edit these for myself. It was free and I got what I needed. But, I know that a lot of my family wish there were more.
I’m not going to complain because it was free and I’m glad I have something!
I also designed my own invite, because I’m a graphic designer. I also made a little activity book for the kids to keep them entertained during the more boring parts of our nuptials. I did blur some information and names, but you see the basic idea!
The food was also good because of the hand cooking J, but I wish it was less intense. I would recommend doing some sort of catering, but we just didn’t have the money for it!
This photo is my favorite. My brother had returned a ring to me that he gave me when I was younger. It made me cry!
MUCH THANKS TO:
Today's the day! Two years ago, I exchanged "I Do's" with the love of my life. It really has been a quick two years, but I feel like I've learned so much from them. So, in celebration of my two-year wedding anniversary, I wanted to share a few things I've learned. They aren't ground-breaking by any means!
I also want to show you how we celebrated this past weekend!
1. YOU'RE GOING TO FIGHT, AND THAT'S OK
Either way, arguing can actually build up your relationship. DO NOT go tell your partner I wanted you guys to get in a fight. No! Avoid it if you can. But if it leads to an improvement in your relationship, a few hours of talking and a few tears aren't bad!
2. YOUR MAMA DIDN'T RAISE YOUR PARTNER
3. GET A HOBBY TO STOP DRIVING EACH OTHER CRAZY
4. SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE
5. YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM CAN HURT YOUR PARTNER
6. BE BEST FRIENDS FIRST
HOW WE CELEBRATED
On Friday, I got off of work early. He didn't have to work. We went to Downtown Fayetteville, N.C. and visited Circa 1800 for lunch. He got a chicken sandwich topped with bacon and pulled pork, and I got a blackened chicken wrap! Afterward, we went next door to the new Caruso's Confections for a piece of three-layer chocolate mousse cake.
On Saturday, we had brunch at Metro Diner in Fayetteville, N.C. before heading up to Raleigh for an improv comedy show with ComedyWorks. We also visited our friend Lauren and her husband Aaron for a bit before heading home.
Since tonight is our official anniversary, we have a small chocolate cake to enjoy with one another!
Each year, there is always someone on my Christmas list who is difficult to shop for. It is either because we aren't super close or because they just never seem willing to tell me what they want. Well, I've been thinking and researching and I've realized that many of those lists that are out there on the internet aren't exactly helpful. However, the fact that they are written proves that I'm not alone in my problem!
So today's blog post will hopefully give you a few ideas for some things you can get for the people on your list this year.
YOUR BROTHER/SISTER (IN-LAW)
Get your brother or sister (in-law) a gift card to the movies or to an attraction they enjoy. It gives them the opportunity to spend time with you or their significant other.
YOUR LITTLE ONE
CLOSE FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER
LESS CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
I hope this has helped you finish up your Christmas shopping quickly! Good luck on completing your shopping list.