June 03, 2022
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💬 Dealing with unspoken expectations can be tough, but it’s worth the convo.
👰 Be honest and ask yourself this important question about getting married right now!
☀️ Now that summer is officially here, soak up the summer heat with these must-do date nights.
💒 Your wedding day is finally here… now be sure to do these 5 things the morning of your big day!
🏠 What’s the difference in living together vs. being married? Here’s a little insight to married life.
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not too crazy about your future in-laws? we get that.
When you marry the love of your life, they bring so many different things to the table for the two of you to share. Their personality, adoration for you, commitment, maybe some furniture or experience with things you don’t know how to do. And don’t get me wrong—this sounds lovely (and it is…) until one of the things they bring to the table are in-laws.
If you’re honest, it’s possible you aren’t crazy about your future in-laws, to put it politely. In fact, you’ve decided what you want to bring to the table in your relationship is an extra table 😡 … one that doesn’t always have seats for the future in-laws… but that’s not really the solution. (And don’t assume that your fiancé doesn’t have any issues with YOUR parents.)
It’s okay to not be fond of your fiancé’s parents, but you also have to be okay with them being a part of your lives in some capacity. You can’t marry your fiancé without also understanding you are essentially marrying into their family. So let’s put together a game plan so when the visits begin, you won’t be nervous to pull up a chair to the table!
At the end of the day, you and your soon-to-be spouse will come to a compromise, and compromises sometimes include sacrifices.
here’s how you can find good relationship advice
The internet gives us ENDLESS information on relationships. Just Google how to resolve conflict in marriage or how to parent a rebellious teenager. Then watch TONS of articles, blogs, videos, how-tos, and step-by-steps fill your screen. It’s overwhelming.
And here’s the thing: can they all possibly be right? I mean, with literally thousands of resources out there on any given relationship subject, there’s got to be some conflicting information and something that’s not accurate. (As a matter of fact, there is.)
★ So when you and I are trying to get help in the area of healthy relationships, how do we know what kind of information to trust? How do you wade through the countless sources of information on your screen and determine which advice is legit?
Here’s Some Helpful Pointers to Identify Reliable Relationship Advice:
✨ Understand that relationships are something that’s actually researched.
✨ On the flip side of the coin… know that just because the word “research” shows up doesn’t always mean it’s great advice.
✨ Be cautious with sources that seem to run against the grain of what we already know to be healthy in relationships.
If you truly want to learn what healthy future marriages, friendships, and work relationships look like, good information is out there for you to get your hands on.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Mitchell Qualls, husband of 17 years to his wife Dalet, a dad of 2, and the VP of Operations here at First Things First. Take a peek at his recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
🍤 Cooking together can be a great way to build intimacy. One of my favorite easy meals to cook is a shrimp boil. We love shrimp and we love spicy food! It’s a win-win. And the whole family gets involved in the process.
📱 Learning a language together can be lots of fun. Duolingo is an easy-to-use language app that’s free. We make it a competition too.
🗺 Summer is a great time to get outdoors. And no matter where you live, there are trails nearby. Download the AllTrails App and start exploring your area. It’s great for traveling also. You can search your area wherever you are.
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