Friday, August 17, 2012

20 Things I Want To Tell Engaged & Newlywed Women

This is a post by Joy Forney of Grace Full Mama:

1. Marriage is made up of two good forgivers. Because every marriage is made up of two sinners. (Romans 3:23)

2. At some point, you will have to learn that life isn’t all about you. (Philippians 2:3)

3. Don’t listen to women that tell you that passion fades…it doesn’t have to! (um…all of Song of Solomon)

4. Don’t give up. Love never fails. (1 Cor. 13)

5. He wants a kind wife, not a maid or another mother. Be nice. (Galatians 5:22-23)

6. Give your husband the gift of your respect. He needs it more than you know. (Ephesians 5:33)

7. Be mindful of your expectations.

8. Honor the Lord above all things. (Colossians 3: 17)

9. Find your worth and security in the Lord, and don’t look to your husband to meet all of your needs.

10. Be very careful about reading romance novels, they set you up for an unrealistic view of romance.

11. Real romance is finding that one spot in the crook of his arm to snuggle into, that shared look over the dinner table when the kids are acting crazy, and the way he fixes the leaky sink when he is dog-tired after work.

12. Love is about relationship. The more I love my husband, and seek a relationship with him, the less critical and duty-bound I become. It is similar to my relationship with God.

13. Be thankful for the husband you have. Accept him as he is, not for what you want him to be.

14. Don’t compare!! Don’t buy into the game of comparing him with anyone else’s husband.

15.The Biblically “normal” marriage is filled with joy, connection, laughter, and peace. It’s not free of hurt feelings and conflict, but they know how to process their pain with one another so that they live more often in a meadow than at the scene of a train wreck. This is not the average marriage, but it normal – -because it is a visible display of Jesus’ relationship with His bride (Ephesians 5:22-33).

16. Your marriage is a testimony!

17. Pray for your marriage. Pray hard.

18.I’ve heard that is gets better with age. I have to say in my short {13 year} experience, that is so true.

19. Where there is God, there is always hope. Even for the most broken marriages. “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

20.Marriage is commitment and sacrifice. But it’s also the best, most wild ride you will ever have with your 

best friend.

I loooooove her list! Something to inspire me when I cross over to that life. ;)


Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Very Special Gift

On my 27th birthday last month, I received a very special gift from Rolly.  It's not the kind of gift he would normally give, so this one took me by surprise.

Rolly gave me a scrapbook which he painstakingly put together on his own!  Whoa!  I know him.  He's not the artsy-artsy type (well, few men are), he's not one who would sit on a corner and pour creative juices to work on mushy little things like this.  But he did.  Imagine my pleasant surprise when he excitedly showed me his handiwork.

This is the book's preface:

And these are some of the pages:

Obviously, my fiance is far from being an artist and he only had his trusty printer to assist him in making this, but I was very much pleased with this extraordinary gift.  I say it's extraordinary because this is more than just our travel book;  Rolly put his heart into this piece of work, and I see and feel that on every single page.

Thank you so much Mahal! :)

The lucky one,

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Rolly Says Happy Anniversary

This was what greeted me first thing on Wednesday morning, a sweet, sweet post from my lovey...

The Sunday before that, when we celebrated our anniversary 4 days in advance, he gave me roses with this note:

Sweet! ♥ 
I hope he would never change, ever.
Well, he promised he won't. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

4 Years and Counting

*MUSHY ALERT!* Proceed at your own risk. =p

Today is August 8, 2012... four beautiful years since 888.  Oh, how time flies.  I feel like it was only yesterday when Rolly said he envied the man who would have the privilege to take care of me.  He said he wanted to be in that man's place, and that he was hoping to call me his girlfriend.  I shyly said yes, and we have been inseparable since.  Haaay, the memory still makes me giddy. *blush*

Now four years have passed, and three months from now, we are going to marry.  There was never once in the course of our relationship when I didn't think we would end up together.  I have always known he's the one.  In fact, even when he was still courting, I already knew.  God gave me signs though I didn't ask for them, I guess He just wanted me to see them and feel that this guy is the one He has hand-picked for me.  Without a doubt, I felt that.  And now we're here, delightfully engaged! 

In celebration of our one thousand and four hundred sixtieth day together, I'm sharing our engagement video, produced and directed by Al Cruz.  You have to congratulate me for keeping this private for months, though I've been itching to publish this the moment I got hold of the file. Hehe. Again, KESO ALERT guys!  The video is really mushy, so if this ain't your thing, do not, by all means, watch the vid. Don't say I didn't warn you. ;)

Three more months to go, and I shall be Mrs. delos Reyes! ;)  Happy anniversary, husband-to-be! 

Excited Bride-to-Be,

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