What I Brought Into Marriage

by Merritt on October 24, 2013

In ancient times (and even today in some parts of the world), a bride brought a dowry—usually property belonging to her parents—into a marriage. The intent of a dowry was to provide future support for the bride and her children in the case of a husband’s untimely death. Obviously we live in a very different […]

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My Gift to the World

by Merritt on October 15, 2013

Yesterday I started the 21-Day Momentum Challenge. I’ve had some things brewing in my head and heart for a while. And I mean a long while. The Momentum Challenge seemed like just the thing to kick-start my thoughts and turn them into action. So here goes… I’ve struggled with insecurity my entire life. Some days […]

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Hello Dear Reader, It’s been a long time. And I’m finally ready to say it. My attempted return to blogging last fall—failed. When I could no longer keep it up, I just quit. Not with any permanent intentions. It was just a break. Necessary freedom from self-imposed pressure. I’d been trying for a long time […]

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Finding Our Rhythm

September 19, 2012
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So…{insert slightly awkward pause} you haven’t heard from me for a while. If I were your spouse this reality wouldn’t bode well for our marriage. But thank goodness I’m not. What’s that? You say you didn’t notice. That’s ok, my feelings aren’t hurt. I know you have better things to do than sit around and […]

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Make-Up-Monday: Managing our Mess

August 27, 2012
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I mentioned on Facebook last week that conflict stinks! And I promised an update today—on Make-Up-Monday—so here you go, another glimpse into our not-so-perfect-but-worth-it marriage… One morning last week I groggily came downstairs to find the Husband unloading a bunch of stuff from a drawer in our kitchen. It upset me immediately. I felt like […]

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Make-Up-Monday: Marriage Lessons from the Driver’s Seat

August 6, 2012
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Do you remember learning how to drive? With 20+ years of experience under my belt {and now, finally a safe distance away from the wrecks and tickets of my teens and twenties}, I feel like I’m a pretty decent driver. I’ve almost always driven a car with a manual transmission, so when I was 15, […]

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What I’ve Learned in 1000 Days of Marriage

August 3, 2012
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Yes, today we are celebrating 1000 days of marriage. And no, I didn’t do the math. I actually ran across our wedding website at The Knot.com a few weeks ago and was reminded by the counter they still have running. Sad to say we never “finished” the website what with all the wedding PLANNING going […]

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What I Love Wednesdays!

July 25, 2012
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Many thanks to Whitney–coming to us today from her blog The Married Me–for submitting to What I Love Wednesdays! Take it away Whitney! What I love most about my husband Chris is how incredibly hard working he is.  As a kid he started his own mowing business at thirteen and I don’t think he has stopped working […]

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What I Love Wednesdays!

July 18, 2012
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Blogging through the first years of marriage has been such a learning experience. And while I’ve been pretty open here about conflict in our marriage and struggles we’ve had, believe it or not, it is often difficult for me to share some of the deeper things going on inside my heart. {Shocker, right!?} And today […]

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What I Love Wednesdays!

July 11, 2012
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Here’s a little What I Love Wednesdays from Melissa, just days past their year anniversary! Happy Anniversary Melissa & Wyatt! Thanks for sharing a little bit of what you love with us today. My husband, Wyatt, (lovingly known as “Hubs” on my blog) and I have been married for just over 1 year now, and […]

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Make-Up-Monday: The Indecision Game

July 9, 2012
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What do you want to eat tonight? I don’t know. What do you want to eat? Sound familiar? For you and your spouse it might not be about food or restaurants. Maybe it’s something else like weekend activities or date nights. Sometimes we give the “I don’t know” answer and defer to our spouse because […]

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What I Love Wednesdays!

July 4, 2012
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Happy Independence Day! All our local fireworks have been cancelled {which makes sense because of the fires across the state of Colorado}. What are you doing for the 4th? Why not take a minute and send me an email {merrittATlivesimplyloveDOTcom} with a quick paragraph {or two} sharing what you love about your spouse. Here’s one […]

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Make-Up-Monday: Conflict Can Help You Grow

July 2, 2012
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Over the last two weeks I’ve shared some key points from a sermon by our former pastor. Read Part 1 about How conflict can glorify God. Read Part 2 about How conflict is an opportunity to serve others. Today is Part 3 – Conflict is an opportunity for you to grow. Yes, conflict can be […]

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What I Love Wednesdays!

June 27, 2012
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It’s not something I love, but I can’t avoid mentioning the wildfires burning out of control across Colorado this week. Please keep the firefighters and residents who are in harms’ way in your prayers. Here’s a pic the Husband captured yesterday afternoon just a few hours after the Flagstaff Fire started in the foothills above […]

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Make-Up-Monday: Serving Others in Conflict

June 25, 2012
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I mentioned last week that I would be posting (one-at-a-time) the three points from our former pastor’s sermon on conflict. Today’s post is Part 2. You can read part one in the link below. Last week was about how conflict can glorify God. Today is about how conflict is an opportunity to serve others. Hmm…really? […]

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Investing in Your Marriage

June 22, 2012
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Married or single, it’s easy to fall into bad habits. What’s difficult is pulling out of them. At least for me, it’s truly about making a different decision. Recently, I wasn’t exercising as much as I wanted to until finally I just made a decision to get outside and walk every morning. Not every other […]

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Make-Up-Monday: How Does Conflict Glorify God?

June 18, 2012

I’m borrowing the topic of my next three Monday posts from Todd Wagner {of Watermark, our former church, in Dallas}. He was in Colorado last week with a few hundred folks for Watermark’s Family Camp—which is a truly amazing week of teaching, rest, fun and fellowship. I went to Family Camp a couple times when […]

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