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Editor’s Note: Please enjoy this retro post, written in 2008. It still rings true today.
I hear a lot of married folks complaining because their spouses just aren’t as romantic or sweet as they used to be. In fact, I may have complained of the same thing once or twice in years past…but that was before.

Now, I’ve learned a few things. While my husband hardly ever comes home on his white horse, his arms overflowing with dozens of fragrant red roses, he’s not so bad. In fact, he’s pretty good.

The older I get, the more I’m able to recognize the romantic ways my husband tells me he loves me. Like, for example, because we have three kids and didn’t have a babysitter, we spent our anniversary at home, eating the dinner I’d cooked, with our kids.

Not exactly romantic, right? But then, the next day, my wonderful husband came home for lunch, surprising me with Chinese takeout. When he walked in the door, he handed me the bag and said, “Happy Anniversary, baby.” So, while I giggled when he made the gesture, it was still a genuinely sweet thing for him to do.

Another thing he does to tell me he loves me is spend time with our children. Yes, I know…that shows he loves THEM, right? Yep. But every mom, especially those of us blessed enough to stay home with our children, could use a break now and then. So when he notices that I could use one, he makes sure to entertain the kids so that I can have a few minutes to myself.

Yesterday, I went out to run some errands and took Bill’s car since it was behind mine in the driveway. While I was out, I filled up his gas tank. He didn’t ask me to do it, and certainly didn’t expect me to do it–but I thought, it would save him the time the next day and it would be a nice thing to do for him. Certainly, it was a small gesture, but it was one small way I let him know that I love him and care for him.

My point is this: happily married people have lives full of love and romance…but romance changes when you’re married with children. Roll with the changes and remember to show your spouse that you appreciate them. Doing so lets them know that you love them, in your own special way.

So today, spread the love!

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8 Responses to Hot Marriage: Tell Me You Love Me

  1. Small gestures sometimes have the greatest impact. Thanks for the reminder Angie. Many blessings!


  2. Very sweet. I think what the world likes to portray of “romance” is over rated and gets people in trouble of expecting too much, certainly has been for me. Thanks for the post, it reminds me to be appreciative of the small things again. 🙂

  3. I so agree…the little things are what matter most. My husband and I have only been married for 3 years (almost) and he still likes to hold hands and he always opens my door… I look at those things above all else.
    Thanks for the blog comments, I think I will keep the name I have already, everyone seems to like that one… I love reading your blogs too and as you could see you are on my blogroll!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. How sweet! And I know what you mean about not able to go out because of our children.

    BTW, thanks for the comments and blogroll. I added your link to mine also. And if you wanted to check your PR just type in your url here. Your Hot of the press blog has a 9 alexa ranking. That’s very good, but I didn’t see PR on it.

  5. Great posting Angie. I love to read articles that inspires people in making relationships work. I’ve been married to my husband for almost 5 years now, but it still feels like we’re on our honeymoon stage. I’m very happy for those couple who managed to make their bond stronger through the years. cheers to us! 🙂

  6. Ray loves to watch tv with me or movies, and lately we have been back to playing monopoly. If I am at the computer too long he calls me in and I will lay with him and read while he watchs sports. It is in the little things….it is there you just have to look and SEE them.

  7. It’s the little things that count, indeed!! I love it and am so thankful when Hugo puts away the laundry after I’ve just folded them, or vice versa, and when he washes the dishes after I’ve cooked dinner. I know it’s his way of showing me he appreciates what I do and that he LOVES ME!!
    And our last few anniversarys were spent at home, too. They are the one’s we’ll never forget!! We spent it together as a family.

    Your post is a wonderful reminder of the many ways to express love. It’s not about the roses or the lavish gifts…it’s the simple things that mean the most.

    Thank you, Angie, for your heartfelt post.

    Many Blessings….Roxanne

  8. What if you are married to the wrong person.?

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