I had an awesome conversation the other day with a dear friend about starting a family.
Josh and I plan to have kids sometime in the future, and I am starting to read books on parenting now so I can begin to prepare and learn.
When I asked this friend what books she would recommend, she had some great options for me. But towards the end of the conversation, she told me something that makes perfect sense, but not something that I was necessarily thinking about.
She said not to worry quite SO much about raising the baby. That we were going to raise our child really well. That both Josh and I are smart, loving people. The thing that is really going to be tested is our marriage. She recommended that I read about enhancing the relationship with my husband and creating an even better marriage than we’ve ever had before, because the baby has the power to cause a lot of stress on the relationship.
Well the timing of this conversation couldn’t have been better. Several weeks ago, I set a personal, one year goal of creating an even better relationship with Josh. Since then, I have been studying love, relationships, and how to create a beautiful romance that lasts a lifetime. Josh and I have a pretty fantastic marriage, but there is always room to make something great even better.
So my eyes and ears were wide open, and I was ready to work even harder on our relationship after hearing this advice.
Immediately following this conversation, Josh and I went straight to the bookstore. I bought this baby book, the first Harry Potter novel (I’ve never read these before and it’s time for me to pull my head out of the sand!), and The Seven Principles for Making a Marriage Work.
I’m about halfway through the marriage book, and already feeling the positive effects that this book is having on our relationship.
It’s a pretty magical thing when you decide what you want (a remarkable and enduring relationship with my husband) and then take massive action towards getting exactly that thing. What you want comes at you with full force, reminding you that getting clear on your intentions in this world is FUCKING POWERFUL.
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