How’s your marriage?

Here are two stories of marriage I love to share to you (excerpt from Bob and Debbie Gass article):

Story one: Debra K. Johnson writes: ‘My seven-year-old daughter wanted to take violin lessons, so I took her to a music store to rent an instrument. Hoping she would understand the importance of making a commitment to practice, I explained that lessons were expensive. I was willing to make the financial sacrifice if she promised to work hard. “There may be times you’ll feel like giving up,” I said, “but I want you to hang in there!” She nodded, understanding, then in her most serious voice she said, “It will be just like marriage, right, Mum?

Story two: A husband asked his wife, ‘Tell me, dear, have you ever been in love before?’ She thought for a moment and replied, ‘No, darling. I once respected a man for his great intelligence. I admired another one for his remarkable courage. And I was captivated by yet another for his good looks and charm. But with you, well, how else could I explain it, except love?

Have you been finding fault with your mate instead of remembering the qualities that attracted you to them? I used to but this year I resort to remember his lots of good qualities than dwelling on the few bads . Attitudes are like weeds, they spring up overnight and if you don’t deal with them they take over the whole garden. I won’t let let that happen! On times that I’m too busy to show love, or I react in anger, I remember these words: ‘Love is patient and kind. Love…does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged…Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance’ ( as found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Weekend Blog Follower Caravan #4

Finally, I was able to spare a time to join this  genius way of helping one another in blogosphere to gain followers (especially for new blogs like moi), the Weekend Blog Follower Caravan! My grateful appreciation to the founder and host, Ms. Rubz of Pinay Mommy Bloggers.  Unfortunately, where was I when this was first launched ? This is the last week of gaining Google Friend Connect Followers but I need not fret and so do you because following through Google Friend Connect will resume again on the next few weeks or months . Next week, it’ll be email subscription so I better install my email subscription widget and also the email to which I will use to subscribe to others.

I welcome YOU, my fellow WBFC entrants. It’s Genefaith here. Thanks for following. I can’t wait to follow you too. See yah next week.

Time to declutter

It’s halfway through January already! The year is still very new. Lots of us are inspired more than ever to make some improvements in our lives. New Year’s resolutions really can last,if you make realistic goals, and if you take your own personal quirks into account!

What is the secret to making changes that last? The secret is to work with yourself, not against yourself. Know yourself. Are you a morning person or a night person? Don’t try to force yourself to be something you aren’t – because that is not likely to work! Instead of forcing yourself, gently persuade yourself. For example, tell yourself that you’ll declutter ONE small area for three minutes. If you’re watching a TV show, tell yourself that you’ll clean or organize your kitchen during the commercial breaks.

Don’t make it more difficult – make it easier! Getting started is truly the hardest part,so make it easier to get started! This is one of the best times of the year to declutter. It’s a time of reflection and goal setting for many of us! Your efforts will add up, and you’ll see the results before your eyes. And that will encourage you to make even more progress!

This is how our small living room looks like after the flood. We lost our couch so we just have 2 reclining chairs for the meantime.

just started to declutter last Saturday...posted a HEIGHT CHART modeled by Fernando Torres (the chart printed the name Fernado) - a Spanish footballer who plays for Liverpool and the Spain national team as a striker. Isn't it cool?

our small dining room

Wishing you a happy new year and a happy marriage!

Happy New Year!!!

My hands are unbelievably full that it took me more than a month to visit this blog of mine. By the way, I’m always in my other blogs- Her and History, Adventures with Hyzyd and Beyond and Fashion Explorer. You could drop me a line in there if ever you need me or you want some clarifications and verification regarding the topics I’ve discussed in here.

How’s your new year? Mine was very challenging. I couldn’t believe that I met year 2011 with tears and heartaches. I won’t go into details but this is what I learned after that misunderstanding with hubby:

1. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
2. Be a good listener. Sometimes the most important thing in communicating with your mate is to hear what is not being said, to learn to read between the lines. Just ‘being there’ isn’t enough; your mate needs to feel heard – and validated. When they are, they’ll open up and accept what you have to say.
3. Speak the truth in love. Nobody likes to be corrected, but when someone is heading down the wrong road, love will ‘get in your face’. Our marriages break down when truth is violated, integrity is forsaken, trust is broken, manipulation is allowed, self-interest is the rule, control is the goal, and time isn’t invested.
4. Always believe the best. Love sees you at your worst but never forgets your best; thinks you’re a little bit more wonderful than you really are; will talk with you endlessly or just sit with you in silence; is happier about your success than you are; doesn’t try to know more, act smarter or be your constant teacher; it listens even when what you have to say is not particularly interesting. That’s because love believes you’re important!

Looking forward to a more strengthened marriage this 2011 and so are you. Cheers to that!