***Disclosure: I received a complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Dan treats me like a princess, and he is also an amazing father to our children. No matter how exhausted he may be when he gets home from work, he always finds the time and energy to truly be present and involved. (Even when it means our toddlers jumping on him, over and over and over again.) I really couldn't ask for a better man, and I know how incredibly blessed I am to have him.
However, as many of you with multiple children know, it's easy to let life in general take over...Are the kids fed? Dishes done? Did something break that needs repairing? Is the homework done? Baths given? Bills paid? Okay, you get the point. The hustle and bustle of life's responsibilities can cause couples to get overwhelmed to the point that their marriage takes a back-burner to everything else. While this has happened to us before, thankfully it wasn't for very long and our relationship didn't suffer.
Still, I am always up for ways to strengthen and preserve my marriage, so when I got the opportunity to review the book "The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge", I hopped right on board. This book is faith-based, and offers one question a week for 50 weeks. Each question has a short chapter, an encouraging quote, and a scripture verse. (Now I am a Christian, but my husband is not...This book still works for both of us, and he doesn't feel like he's "going to church".) These questions and activities are designed to encourage open and honest communication, build intimacy, and increase understanding. There are also bonus chapters for holidays like Valentine's Day!
So far, we are really enjoying this challenge. It is very simple to do, and if followed properly, will definitely provide growth as a couple. All that is required is an open mind, as well as a commitment to communicate openly and honestly.
So if you've drifted from your partner emotionally or physically, feel misunderstood or unheard, or you've got a great marriage and would just like to keep it that way, I would definitely recommend you check out the book and take the 50 Fridays Challenge for yourself!