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DIY Marriage Survival Kit

MarriageSurvivalKit DIY Marriage Survival Kit The Marriage Survival Kit
I made this as a gift for a friend.  All of the items on the list I put in a gift bag for the happy couple, and the book will go in the bag.  I’ll put the list of items at the bottom of this blog.  You can add or edit as you wish.  I looked up scripture to go with each item and included them.  You can look up your own or take them off if you like.  I allowed 3″ of space for the words using a word processor.


MarriageSurvivalKit DIY Marriage Survival Kit
I cut the paper into 4″ strips, then used the bottom portion to glue the two together (which amazingly was LESS than 4″ even thought the paper is 12×12!!!  Perhaps my math is off, because I checked my measurements 3 TIMES!!!  LOL).  I glued them as pictured.


MarriageSurvivalKit DIY Marriage Survival Kit
I ended up having so much to put in that I had to add another strip to expand it.  As you can see, I printed off the item and meaning list and glued it on.


MarriageSurvivalKit DIY Marriage Survival Kit
Cover of the book.
MarriageSurvivalKit DIY Marriage Survival Kit
I tied the entire book together with double layered braided embroidery floss.
Cutting Boards: to remind you that every now and then you need to cut up and have some fun
There, in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you. Deuteronomy 12:7
5 Pocket Organizer: to help you keep it all together when life brings you chaos
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matthew 24:44
Straws: to help you suck it up when things get rough
If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven. John 20:23
Tootsie Rolls: to remind you to roll with what life brings you
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12
Sweetheart Chapstick: to help when you need to kiss up with your Sweetheart
What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean Matthew 15:11
Dip Bowls: for when you need to sort out all your sauciness!
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man is corrupted, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Corrinthians 4:16
Wooden Spoons: to remind you to stir things up every now and then
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works… Hebrews 10:24
Dish Cloths: to remind you to be pure of heart
He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Revelation 3:5
Kitchen Towel: so you can remember not to ever let things get too dry
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4
Silicone Pot Holder: For when things get hot…
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her… Ephesians 5:25
Power Clips: to remind you that God brought you together and He will always keep you
So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. Matthew 19:6
Mesh Strainer: to remind you not to let anything put strain on your love for each other
And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? Luke 13:20
Ephesians 5:22-33

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. [1] 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.



Originally posted 2011-03-05 14:50:00.

Putting Spice Into Your Marriage *even w kids!*

Putting-Spice-Into-Your-Marriage-even-w-kids Putting Spice Into Your Marriage *even w kids!*Mothers of young children are often pulled into several directions as once…and something has to give.  All too often, ladies, this is our marriage…

As the first of a three-part series, let’s look at putting the spice back into your marriage.  Remember, in relationships, it should be God first, your husband second, and your children third.  

Now, I’m no marriage expert.   Heavens, no!  We’ve had our moments, just like anyone else, but I’ve been reminded of this triangle several times in the past, particularly when we hit a rocky patch.

On a typical day, I wear the hats for wife, mother, teacher, taxi driver, cook, maid, nurse, entertainer, writer, athlete, and probably another twenty or thirty that I can’t think of at the moment.  Switching gears between the ‘smaller’ jobs is fairly easy, but switching from teacher to mom to wife can be very difficult.  Have you ever wiped something off your husband’s face?  Yeah…you forgot to change your hat there.

Putting-Spice-Into-Your-Marriage-even-w-kids Putting Spice Into Your Marriage *even w kids!*

Putting-Spice-Into-Your-Marriage-even-w-kids Putting Spice Into Your Marriage *even w kids!*

A few tips for putting that wife hat back on…

  • Listen to him.  Ask him how his day was – and don’t just hear the words and nod your head, but take what he is saying seriously.  Then, show him some gratitude for working to support the family.
  • Talk to him.  Do you need help?  Tell him.  Do you need a break?  Tell your husband.  Communicate with him.  He can’t read your mind.  Well, mine can’t.  If you have one that can….please….have him teach a course or something….
  • Compromise with him.  When you argue (notice I said ‘when,’ not ‘if’), make use of the phrase “I’m trying to compromise with you, meet me halfway?”  Typically, women are better communicators than men.  Just break it down for him.  Show him you’re not being pig-headed.
  • Forgive him.  After a few years of marriage, you know each other’s hot buttons and you’re bound to push them.  Sometimes on purpose!  But you have to have the stamina to weather the storms.  Remember : for better or worse.  Sometimes we push that “worse” to the limit, but we have to learn to forgive and be forgiven.  (And sometimes we just need to grow up and quit acting like kids.)  With this comes the steadfast knowledge that nothing and no one can harm your marriage.  
  • Appreciate him.  Look past his faults and admire all the great things about him.  Oh honey, I know he’ll piss you off good sometimes, and there’s nothing wrong with letting him know.  But don’t harp on it.  And leave the drama inside.  There’s enough drama on reality television already; no one needs to see your’s.  To the rest of the world, you should always be looking up to your husband, rather than down upon him.  No matter how mad you might be at that moment.
  • Ask one more thing from him.  Let him know what you need help with, but do it in a fun and flirty manner.  Stroke his ego, encourage him, and watch the magic happen!  We’ll kick it up from G-rated to PG-rated next time, as we talk more about chore-play…
Go.  Talk to your hubby.  Ignore the kids for five minutes..they’ll be ok.
Putting-Spice-Into-Your-Marriage-even-w-kids Putting Spice Into Your Marriage *even w kids!*
Part III : Getting XXX-y!
Yvie is a homeschooling mother of two active boys.  You can find her at Facebook, on the Gypsy Road, or at Educents (where she puts Lego-themed activities!).