May 12, 2014

Romantic Notions

Romance is what keeps our marriage fresh and exciting. After 30 years together, Bill and I remain devoted to each other and more in love today than ever.  Our secret? We are best friends with a mutual respect for each other.  We are not marriage experts by any means, but through all the growing pains, having babies and the heartache of losing loved ones, one has always been a source of support for the other. 

With each brick that life has thrown at us, it has only created a deeper and richer foundation for our love to grown on.  He would be the understanding and supportive one and I would be a listening ear at the end of a long day. 

Here are a few ways that we keep our love fresh:
  1. Saying the words "I love you" or "you are beautiful".  I can count in one hand how many days over these past 30 years that Bill hasn't said that he loves me or that he thinks I am beautiful.  It's amazing what a few meaningful words can do to lift your spirit, especially through those tough days. 
  2. Morning coffee.  We have made a habit of having our morning coffee together just to enjoy each others company and conversation. I look forward to it so much.
  3. Bringing home the favorites.  Whether it's a Zero chocolate bar or in my eyes, a freshly baked bear claw,  we both love to buy each others favorites while at the store. When you know the other person took the extra mile to make your day a little brighter, your love is a little renewed.
  4. Trying out each others interests. Bill has a loyalty to the Cleveland Browns. Although football is not really my sport, I usually ask how they are doing and at least pretend that I know what he is talking about when he explains the scenario. I know for a fact that Bill doesn't really like taking photos for my blog, but he does it because he knows it's important to me.  In the photos above, he stepped out of his comfort zone and took photos with me.  I appreciate his great sense of style.
  5. Be his Fantasy girl.  I have fun playing dress up. Oh, get your mind out of the gutter...I don't mean that in a naughty way.  I love experimenting with clothes and accessories.  I know that Bill loves the art of tattoos and the pin-up girl is pretty popular in the tat world.  So for our Sunday brunch date, I surprised Bill in this flirty "pin-up" style dress that he bought for me on our last trip to New Orleans.  We stepped out in our stylish duds and enjoyed a nice  brunch, and most importantly...Bill's eyes were just on me.
Are we relationship experts? Oh gosh, no. Only sharing with you what we've learned along this great adventure! 

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  1. I so agree with your words of wisdom. I've been married for 22 years come July 4th, and it is so wonderful to know that there are others who remain devoted to the vows.

    You look so pretty Monica. This dress and your obviously love for your husband make you glow.

  2. Congrats on your 22 years, Glenda!! I know we are not the norm, so I only hope to inspire others with our experience. Thanks so much for the compliments and for stopping by my blog, your support means the world to me!

  3. I love this post Monica! Congrats on your 30 years! You guys look amazing and I love the beautiful "surprise" dress you chose. I also really enjoyed reading your little tips and traditions, and I love your insights about supporting each other and just doing little things for each other along the way. Great post!

    Gina -- On the Daily Express

  4. That dress is really beautiful - a perfect 'pin-up' pick! I can't get over how pretty the neckline is! Also - Congratulations on 30 years - that is amazing! (Plus, what a sweet husband to pose for pictures with you! )

  5. OMG I love your dress! You look absolutely stunning in it!

    Oby Grace

  6. This is such a great post! And I love this dress so pretty!!

  7. Awww - I love your advice, I love your photos, I love your outfit! So many good things in this post! You look gorgeous! Carylee |

  8. Absolutely stunning look, that dress is incredibly flattering, you do indeed look the pin-up! I love vintage fashion, so this is right up my alley.

    Great words of wisdom too, the saying 'I love you' is definitely something that should be said everyday, in fact I think every morning, every night, and as many times in between as possible!!

    Visiting today via Style Sessions linkup! P x

  9. I adore this outfit. So remniscent of the 50s I am a huge fan of floral and red. So everything looks great on you. I have been married 14 yrs in July, and it does take work, but I do appreciate your insights!

    Please stop by


  10. Loving this beautiful dress with that vintage vibe. Super flattering too!

    Jenna from Visions
    of Vogue

  11. oh my word that DRESS! I love the floral print on it. And that is such a flattering fit too. I'm a fellow vintage-style lover and I am completely in love with this vintage dress. This is absolutely perfect!

  12. Thank you so much! Happy you stopped by!

  13. Thank you, Gina! You are so sweet! Your support means the world to me, thanks so much for stopping by! xo

  14. Thanks so much!! He is a great guy <3 Thanks for stopping by! xo

  15. Thanks you so much! I'll come by and visit your blog too :) xo

  16. Thank you so much Carylee! I had fun wearing the pin-up look :)

  17. Beautiful post , congrats


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