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Committed: The Ties that Bond

with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

Check out my Work It, Mom! profile and my blog, Dutch Blitz.

Marriage is hard

Categories: commitment, marriage

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Matthew just brought these to me at work. Best! Husband! EVER!Anyone who knows me in real life, or who reads me here or on my personal site knows that I WON THE LOTTERY when it comes to husbands. He cooks (when he’s home before I am), he cleans (far more than I would ever think to), he deals with all of the kids’ extra-curricular activities (Jazz, and swimming, and soccer, oh my!) and, man. I’m forever grateful for all that he does on top of working his full-time job while I’m at my full-time job in a city twenty minutes away from our small town.

My husband is pretty amazing — he surprised me by bringing me flowers at work this week — and I do my best to encourage and support him, too.

Mutual admiration is all fine and good, and necessary, but sometimes the stress of life can reach up with its wiry fingers and threaten to choke you. We are in a particularly busy time right now, and while the pressure will be relieved on May 1st, sometimes 18 days seems like an ETERNITY. We’re both feeling the stress from the commitments we have to complete in the next few weeks and there have been some tense moments.

There has also been a lot of deep breaths, quiet time, and personal reminders that we’ll get through this. Because we know it’s temporary and there’s no need to come out guns blazing when the other one is just as frustrated as you are.

Though a Nerf gun fight might be a great way to relieve stress without actually injuring each other. Hmmm….

So, we’re hanging on, but we’re a little worse for wear. May 1st cannot come fast enough.

Do you have any tips for getting through the hard times?

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  • Find a reason to laugh. We have had a LOT of stress this year that does put strain on a marriage, and we have found whether it’s a stupid joke (because I’m not really as funny as I think I am) or a good movie laughing together helps so very much!

    Ashley  |  April 13th, 2012 at 11:25 am