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…such a funny wine fwom the movie, “The Princess Bride.”
However, marriage isn’t something to be taken lightly or humorously. Marriage is a life-long commitment, and one that changes us forever. Not because we’re forced to change, but because we’re willing to—because we want to better ourselves for our partners.
Furthermore, marriage is about continuing to “woo” that special person in your life long after you’ve said your vows and said “I do.” This applies not only to men continuing to court their wives, but to wives wooing their husbands as well. Courtship should be continually pursued (or even revived, if needed) in order to develop a successful marriage.
Share a Loving Thought
Make it a point to think about your spouse throughout the day, no matter how busy you may be. Take a moment in between meetings at work or in between checking things off your “to-do” list to think about something you love or appreciate about your spouse.
Perhaps you’re remembering how your husband offered you a back massage at the end of a long day, or how much you love your wife’s smile. Whatever it is, send your spouse a text, e-mail, or other quick message to let him or her know. Sharing those little thoughts and letting him or her know they’re on your mind throughout the day means a lot.
Hold Hands More Often
Physical touch is important in a marriage, but it doesn’t have to be all about intimacy. Taking the time to engage in physical contact outside of the bedroom can help keep your relationship exciting as well. The next time you’re driving in the car together, reach for your spouse’s hand at a stop light. Put your arm around your wife at the movie theater. It may sound like high-school stuff, but these small physical signs of affection can say a lot about you as a couple.
Try a Little Surprise
Continuing to “woo” your spouse is all about keeping things exciting. Think of small yet meaningful ways to go out of your way and surprise your loved one. Bring home her favorite candy the next time you make a run to the convenience store, or offer him a shoulder rub at the end of a long day.
Meanwhile, make note of the little things your spouse does to show his or her affection to you and write these things down in a gratitude journal. You don’t have to share these entries with your spouse but writing them down for yourself and articulating those thoughts of gratitude on paper can help you to solidify your appreciation for your spouse.
And so it goes. Marriage is the greatest institution alive, but it’s up to you both to keep yours going strong forever. Visit with us at Bello Romance Photography; we’d love to get to know your story and capture the beautiful connection you share with your partner.