Tightening the Knot
Couple-Tested Ideas to Keep Your Marriage Strong
By Susan Alexander Yates Allison Yates Gaskins
Here are some excerpts from their book.
1.Eat dinner by candlelight.
2.Never forget that marriage is the union of two imperfect people.
3.Keep your promises.
4.Curl up on the couch and spend and evening looking at old pictures.
5.Don’t expect your mate to guess what is on your mind or what you need. Say it aloud.
6.Assume that your mate loves you.
7.Consider your mate’s concerns as more important than your own.
8.Don’t be devastated by difficulty or hard times. See them as opportunities for growth.
9.Forget each other’s mistakes.
10.Say”I love you” a lot.
11. Ask questions that call for more than a one-word answer.
12.Don’t be discouraged when you discover you have to work at marriage. Marriage is work.
13.A good marriage is made when two people each give 100 percent instead of 50/50.
14.View your differences as blessings. Learn how to make them work together and compliment each other rather than cause conflict.
15.Let your mate teach you something new.
16.Be on time.
17.Give your mate a foot massage.
18.Remember that how you say things is just as important as what you say.
19.Make a big deal over your mater’s birthday.
20.Love must be fed to grow. What can you do today yo feed your love?
21.Give your mate the benefit of a doubt.
22.Stop whining and start working to make your marriage stronger.
23.Resist the temptation to withdraw.Instead take steps toward each other.
24.Guard your tongue.When in doubt, don’t say it until you’ve thought about it.
25.Don’t take things too personally.Develop a light heart.
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley (or 1 Tbsp dried parsley)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 boneless pork chops (about 1″ thick)
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first eight ingredients.Once mixed together, add pork chops. Seal bag and refrigerate for at least 8 hours (or overnight- the longer you marinade, the better they are!).
Drain and discard marinade. Grill pork chops, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°.
Haven’t had my camera at work this week. Graduation was last week for our niece. Trying to get into a summer routine with the kids and myself. My brother in law is getting ready to start his own Italian restaurant on June 22. It is going to be so good.
Yesterday Aaron got his top braces on. He has had his bottom braces and some other things in his mouth for a year already. They are doing a good job on his jaw and mouth.
Saturday is the Community Fun Day put on by our church. Games, ice cream a BBQ and then a concert at the end of the day it is going to fun!!
My husband has lots of meetings this week. Council meeting was on Monday night. Church last night and a fire meeting tonight. Tonight I think the whole family will ride with him because it is an hour away. We will prob take a picnic and go to a playground while we wait.
Baking today. Two batches of bread coming right up. Sunny day, we are healthy and God is taking care of us. We are blessed!