Encouragements For Wives

Encouragements For Wives are random articles intended to lift up wives including testimonies, inspirational images, quotes, etc. My hope is that wives would be empowered, no matter what condition their marriage is in, to remain committed to their husbands, pursue intimacy, and seek a God-centered relationship.

37 Perfect Gifts for Your Husband – 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide

A husband-endorsed list of Father’s Day gifts. Surprise him with something he actually wants! This is a guest article by Morgan, a wife who blogs at ASmarterMom.com. Today she’s providing a much-needed list of ideas for Father’s Day gifts. Morgan writes: Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 18th, 2017, so it’s time to think about what to get the dads in our lives… especially the fathers of our children. Don’t let the day sneak up on you and give yours another iTunes gift card because you were “too busy” to get him anything (my former, OCD self). How often have we procrastinated because we thought it would take too long to find the perfect gift? This year, let’s do Father’s Day gifts differently. This won’t

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3 Things To Do While You Are Engaged

I was just thinking back to when my husband and I were engaged. I loved that 6 month season of our relationship. It was a time when I knew he would be my husband very soon, but the anticipation of our wedding was still building up. Our relationship didn’t change much, but our commitment level had. Marriage was on the horizon for us and we were beyond excited to enter into a deeply intimate relationship…for the rest of our lives!  Marriage is a fantastic blessing, and I brag about the benefits every chance I get. However, marriage also has hard seasons that tested our love and character. There are a few things that my husband and I did that really helped fortify the foundation of our relationship.

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This Is What Happens When You Love Him Anyways

Sometimes in marriage, we get to a point where we stop giving. We stop loving. We hold back and wait for our spouse to earn it. We wait until they give it first. We wait until love is proved. We say that we love them, or maybe we have been holding that back too, but either way our actions reflect a withholding of love. This is not loving at all. If we truly love our husbands, we will give generously, without expectation, with or without reciprocation. We give because Jesus gave for us when we didn’t do anything to earn it or deserve it. He just loved. Let us be willing to love like Jesus loves…always willing to give more. I know that for some wives,

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What Your Hands Mean To Your Children

When I think of the word embrace, I think about gripping or holding onto something, a welcoming hug, acceptance, drawing closer to. When I think about embracing my role as a mom, I think about all the challenges I have and continue to accept, relying on God to strengthen me and give me wisdom to do all that motherhood requires. I also consider all of those little moments I bring my children in close to my heart to remind them that nothing will ever separate my love for them. No matter what I face as a mom, I embrace it. Not always gracefully, there are times when tears come with a little resistance in my heart, but that isn’t because I don’t want to be a

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Our Favorite Restaurant In Salem & The Oregon Zoo | Vlog 23

My husband and I LOVE food. We always joke that we should quit everything and do a food blog, just so we could travel and eat and write about it. We may never ever do this, but every once in a while a place is too good not to share. Word of Mouth Bistro in Salem, OR, has some incredibly delicious food. We have been there several times now over the last few years as we pass through Salem during our trips to Portland. By the time I’m back home, I am dreaming about our next visit. The food is that good! Our favorites for breakfast are the cinnamon roll pancakes, the creme brulee french toast, and the incredible flying biscuit. If you are near

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Please Don’t Check Out

It was late in the evening. We had just finished putting our oldest children to bed. I left the baby in his crib hoping he would be okay for just a little while, so that I could squeeze in a few minutes in the bath. I turned on the hot water and sank down deep. It was the first time all day that I had paused, to take a deep breath. I was still adjusting to having 3 children. I didn’t know what normal looked like yet, but I was trying to find it, getting closer every day. I closed my eyes to relax, and right at that moment, I could hear the cries of my newborn calling for me. I knew my husband was close

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