On putting my marriage first…

I feel in love with my husband the first day I met him. I distinctly remember having those butterfly feelings in my belly. And the clincher for me, I couldn’t get him out of my mind! It was like meeting my future head-on… it felt great, exciting and a little crazy!

I’ve always referred to Matt as my soul mate. He makes me laugh. He makes me happy. He makes me everything. He inspires me. He encourages me. He gives me confidence.

He’s my happily-ever-after guy.

When we were first married, we decided to hold off on having babies right away. We wanted to enjoy each other just one-on-one and do random, spur-of-the-moment things without worrying about children yet. After 2 years of living and working in NYC, traveling and just enjoying life as newlyweds, we knew it was time to start trying for a baby.

On January 17th, 2004… I got the blessed news that I was expected a baby! My William.

When William was born, we loved him so very much… and we both knew we wanted to have more, a few more! 😉

Alex came next, then Ben, then Henry and then, most recently… our Victoria.

5 kids.

To say life is busy is an understatement. It’s busy and crazy, but I wouldn’t take it any other way.

Matt and I have probably gone out on a date maybe 6-8 times in the last 9 years.

Putting it lightly, that’s not THAT good.

Matt is my anchor. He’s the REASON I wanted to have more and more and more kids. Spending time with him is so special and so wonderful. It’s just that… our spending time together now consists of swim meets, school parking lots to drop off and pick-up the kids, couches at night (when we’re 1/2 asleep), etc.

I want this to change in 2014.

One of the best complements I got was from my William, he told me… “Someday I hope whomever I marry, we’re like you and Dad.”

Even though Matt and I aren’t alone 99.9% of the time… we still laugh all the time, we still kiss and hug, we still love to be with each other, we still hold hands in the car, we do as much as we can together. I love that my sons see this and want this for themselves someday… I want them to know that the fairy tale is possible. You can find someone who is your perfect match.

I forgot how much fun it was to just “be” with my husband on a date night. We went out last week and it was a blast.

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I vowed to myself that we will do more of this in 2014.

I need to make sure I put my marriage first, it’s my husband and I who make this family run… and being the core unit is what makes it so special.

Date night. It will be something we definitely carve out time for in 2014.

It’s something that I’m very excited about… !

Do you take the time to make sure you and your spouse/significant other do things together?

On putting my marriage first… was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by Audrey McClelland
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  1. love this! what a great example! our kids constantly say “mommy, why do you kiss Daddy or hug Daddy all the time?” and they ask my husband the same thing. It’s important for them to know how strong that bond is and makes them believe in marriage, in togetherness, in family. More date nights are DEFINITELY needed! For sure! xo Happy New Year!

On putting my marriage first… was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by Audrey McClelland