Bedroom Mailbox

December 13, 2014

in the generous life

I live in a small town, so when we got a Dollar Store in my town last year, it was big news. :)

I buy gift bags there, but I had some extra time one afternoon so I wandered through the store and I found this … a holiday cardboard mailbox.

 

I think it has possibilities.

You could park it on your bedroom dresser during the holiday season. Leave little Christmas love notes. Maybe drop off a gift wish list to help your gift challenged hubbie. Tuck in a few holiday love coupons?

What do you think? How would you use it?

You’ve got mail.  (romantic comedy)

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you find words that will bless your husband’s heart.

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Becoming Minimalist: The Men and Women We Desire to Become Who would you like to look like when you are 40? Profound post about where you are going.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: What Should You Share about Your Sex Life with Friends? Develop healthy boundaries for sharing.

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My Turn, Your Turn

December 12, 2014

in the generous life

A generous wife recently emailed me with a great communication idea (thanks, Karen!).

Yesterday I found an interesting article relating to marriage that I shared with [my husband] at bed time. This morning I asked him if he’d pick one of the many articles he reads during the day to share with me tonight.

I emphasized that he didn’t have to think it’d be interesting to me (that’s why he said he doesn’t share more, he figures it’s not worth sharing), just that I wanted to see what was interesting to him. He was optimistically game. I’m hoping we can make this a habit. … this idea of just picking one thing we come across during the day to share with each other at night has lasting potential … [it] opens us up to each others’ view of the world. I’m really excited.

She goes on to share they have become more casual about it than “your turn/my turn.” I love that the exchange of ideas has become more conversational for them.

What a lovely idea and what a great way to see into the world of your spouse.

Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.  Jennifer Smith

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you get to know your spouse better.

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Visionary Womanhood: A Bazillion Tiny Choices Make a Life Direction I admit I read this post rather impatiently, skimming until I came to the end. When I got there, it just about busted me up. This is one of those posts I need to read each morning. I don’t want small decisions to derail me or take me someplace I don’t want to go in my marriage.

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Need Gift Ideas?

December 11, 2014

in the generous life

A couple of years back my sweetie and I asked for gift suggestion ideas from the generous lists. We collected the ideas and then shared them as huge lists with links to various products.

Well, time will take its toll on any Internet list of links, so my very patient husband reworked both lists. Here they are again, with updated links. Please feel free to add any ideas you have as a comment.

Gifts for Him (If you happen to be a guy wandering around on my blog, there is a Gifts for Her page too.)

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.  Andy Rooney

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to give you wisdom and creative ideas for gifts for your sweetie.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Finding Friends to Support Your Marital Intimacy Some great practical advice (and, while you are there, click on her links to buy a copy of her new book Intimacy Revealed: 52 Devotions to Enhance Sex in Marriage).

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Life Of Joy: I Gave My True Love A little creativity, little gifts and a lot of love.

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Stocking Giveaway!

December 10, 2014

in the generous life

I’ve joined a dozen other bloggers for a little Christmas fun. We each have a stocking, filled with our favorite things, to giveaway!

 Check out the Stocking Giveaway Collage featuring me and 12 other bloggers and their Favorite Things Stockings.
 Scroll below to see the details for The Generous Wife Favorite Things Stocking.
 Enter to win my Christmas Stocking by leaving a comment to this post sharing your favorite Christmas tradition.
 HOP to all the other sites and enter to win their stockings!
 While you’re there be sure to check out some of the blog content. These gals pour their hearts out all year long sharing riches from their lives. If you like The Generous Wife, you may like these blogs too! 

Click on these links to visit the blogs offering their Favorite Things Stocking as a giveaway.

1. Thriving Home   2. Happy Home Fairy   3. The Nourishing Home
4. Heavenly Homemakers   5. Meaningful Mama   6. Slugs and Bugs
7. Seeds Family Worship   8. Jennifer Ebehack
9. The Generous Wife (see my stocking below)   10. The Modest Mom Blog
11. My Humble Kitchen   12. Kara Chupp   13. Motherhood on a Dime

Lots of blogs. Lots of goodies. (also a lot of ideas for stocking stuffers!)

Here are some of my favorite things.

Artist’s Loft Fashion Journal (I’m just getting into journaling)
ladybug stickers (’cause y’all know I love ladybugs)
Zentangle starter set (tiles, pens, pencil and instruction)
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst (a good book)
You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth (you can never have too many books)
a bookmark that I tangled on (one day it may be worth millions)  ;)
a gingerbread girl Christmas ornament (I like gingerbread and I collect ornaments)
a framed quote (gotta have a good quote)
goofy Christmas socks (um … yup)
a coffee cup and coaster (with leaves on them, leaves are artsy)
a collection of holiday teabags (here comes the yummy stuff)
Swiss Miss Caramel Cream Hot Cocoa Mix
Ghirardelli Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree candy bar
two MamaB Caramels (Salted and Huckleberry)
paperclips (OK, you have to understand that my family gives me paperclips each Christmas because of a meltdown I had a few years ago when my family had used up all my paperclips.)

To enter to win this stocking: Please leave a comment to this post and share your favorite Christmas tradition. I’ll pick a random number on December 17th and the poster on that spot will win this stocking with all these goodies.

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for quiet moments together for you and your husband.

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The Generous Husband: Giving: A Spiritual Act Giving is good for you and for your marriage, so please give something somewhere!

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The Forgiven Wife: Joyous Marriage Success stories are so encouraging.  :)

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Right Now

December 9, 2014

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Sometime this holiday season be sure to give your husband one of those “I think you’re amazingly hot and I want you right now” kind of kisses.

Every holiday needs a bit of celebrating.

Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.  Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you connect with some inner calm and a bit of sexy this holiday season.

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The XY Code: Give Him Gift Giving Help Speak up and help the guy out.

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Darby Dugger: Feelings Follow Actions Stuff happens. Smile and roll with it.

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Typically you interact with more people over the holidays. There are celebrations with family, co-workers, folks at church, friends and so much more.

With all these gatherings, take the opportunity to talk up your man.

What does he do that blesses you?
Where has he grown?
Any accomplishments this year?

He’s the love of your life. Brag on him a bit.

A compliment is verbal sunshine. Robert Orben

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to grow your appreciation of your husband.

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Holley Gerth: What’s Really BIG to God {it might surprise you} Wow! Yeah, it’s really that good.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: My 3 Gifts of Christmas I love this gift giving strategy.

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Have a Cuppa

December 7, 2014

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I just read this wonderful blog post about having coffee with Jesus. 1-Minute Bible Love Notes: 5 Roles Jesus Plays in Our Lives (do click on over and read it)

I did this one day when a friend of mine called to let me know she was going to be late. I just snuggled back into the booth and enjoyed a little time resting in Him and savoring the coffee. (Jesus and I are going to have an actual cuppa in heaven one day, yes, we will.)

Since that day, I’ve thought about doing that more often. I love the warmth and friendliness of our local coffee shop. It just seems like the best place to meet Jesus and have a little time with Him.

Where’s your favorite place to hang out with Jesus? Make time for Him this week.

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to meet you there.

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