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Monday, February 27, 2017

My Favorite #LoveBlog2017 posts (from the days I co-hosted)

We only have two more days of February! And two more days of #LoveBlog2017! I'm hosting both today and tomorrow. Today's prompt is "Bloggers," and tomorrow's is "LoveBlog." Please feel free to join us!

Since today's prompt is bloggers, I thought I would share some love to my fellow bloggers and give you a list of all my favorite #LoveBlog2017 posts so far. I'm only going to share posts from the days I actually co-hosted. If I shared from the whole month, this post would get way too long! I shared a similar post to this last year.

Valentine's Day:

Belle Brita: 6 Offbeat Ideas to Celebrate Galentine's Day


Love Languages:

The Coastie Couple: 5 Ways to Model Love for Kids
Belle Brita: 5 Easy Ways to Practice Words of Affirmation

Memories:

Belle Brita: Cruising Down Memory Lane
Total Addiction: Where Style and Memories Meet

Friendship:

Do 5 Things a Day: 10 Signs of a Healthy, Happy Friendship
The Coastie Couple: Four Ways to Meet New Friends

Wisdom:

The Random Writings of Rachel: Grandpa's Marriage Advice
The Coastie Couple: Five Things Your New Baby Actually Needs

Wishes:

The Morrell Tale: Dreams don't have to be Big

Role Models:

Provocative Joy: Marriages Done Right: 3 Amazing Couples Prove It's Possible
Provocative Joy: 3 Role Models to Inspire my Career
Belle Brita: Admiring My Steel Magnolias

Past, Present, and Future:

The Blond Pond: Past Present Future
Belle Brita: Present Choices, Future Dreams
Just Murrayed: Our Past, Present, and Future

Have you kept up with the #LoveBlog2017 challenge this year? What were some of your favorites? Link up with the prompt, "Bloggers" below!
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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Kayla - Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook // Bloglovin // Google Plus
Kayla is a 20-something professional and grad student living in a small college town in the Atlanta-area with her hubby and their furbaby, Courage. She enjoys burritos, coffee, and Chickfila. Her favorite past-times include binge-watching television shows and binge-reading thrillers. She runs the lifestyle blog a paper arrow.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Marrying your High School Sweetheart (#LoveBlog2017 - Linkup & Giveaway)

Welcome to another #LoveBlog2017 post. Can you believe we're almost done with February? Only 3 more LoveBlog prompts! Today's prompt is "Past, Present, and Future." Check out Brita's introductory post to see the prompts for Monday and Tuesday.

This may be old news to some of you, but Pearson and I are high school sweethearts. We dated 6 years before we got married. That's a long time. We started dating as juniors in high school and stayed together through those last two years and through four years of college before finally getting married after graduation.

I LOVE being married to my high school sweetheart! It's my favorite thing in the world! But there are some people who think it's a bad idea. I guess I'll admit there are some actual cons. But they're are many more "cons" that I've heard that just are not true.

So today I thought I'd give you some pros and cons of marrying your high school sweetheart. And I'll also give my opinion on cons that aren't really cons because this is my blog and I do what I want!

The PROS of marrying your high school sweetheart:


You know each other really well. You grew up together. You've been through a lot together. Even the angsty teenage years! You watched each other grow into the adults you are. You matured together and learned from each other and with each other through some very formative years.

You know each other's families well. It always surprises me when someone tells me they're meeting their serious boyfriend's or even their fiance's parents for the first time. I'm pretty sure I met Pearson's parents the first time I met him. They were my family long before we were married. His siblings started picking on me and burping around me early on. And I wouldn't have it any other way. His sister was only 6 when we started dating. She hardly knows him without me.

You most likely have zero (or very few) ex's. There's little room for jealousy. And usually not a lot of baggage.

You have almost all the same friends. Pearson and I met in our youth group at 12 years old. And both of us hung out mostly with the youth group. Sure we each had friends on our separate high schools, but of course we introduced each other to them. And then we went off to college together. For the most part we have all the same friends and it's awesome!

You can truly be yourself around each other. I mean before we even dated, Pearson saw me at summer camp wearing baggy shorts that met the dress code with no makeup soaking wet from water sports. There's not much I can keep from him. Nor do I want to!

The "CONS" of marrying your high school sweetheart (most of these aren't actually cons imo):


You might get too comfortable. People like to say things like "Are you sure you're not just marrying him because it's the easy thing? Or because you feel like it's just the next step?" Or they ask if we're just together because we always have been or because people think it's cute. Um... No. I married Pearson because I love him and he loves me.

You will probably have to wait a long time to get married (and have sex). Yes this one was true for us. We started dating at 16 and didn't get married till 22. That's a long time to date. And to abstain. It was tough, but it was worth it.

You might get married "too early" or "too young." Some people even think 22 is "too young." While we waited till we graduated from college, I know people who didn't. And I would never tell them they were too young. When you know, you know. And everybody and evey relationship is different. I don't think getting married at 18 guarantees divorce. It might make some aspects of a relationship more difficult, but it might also make some things easier.

You have no secrets or mystery. This goes along with knowing each other well from my pro list. Again, I don't think this is a bad thing. Pearson knows everything about me and vice versa. And it's an awesome feeling! We know what makes each other tick. We know how to speak each other's language. And yet, we both still change and evolve all the time and we continue to learn about each other. As for the "mystery" aspect, trust me, there is still plenty of mystery and spontaneity!

You don't get to know yourself without the other person. To be honest, I think the whole "getting to know yourself" can become a cop out answer for single people. No, you don't need a significant other to be complete by any means. And I'm glad you're learning about yourself. I learned about myself during college and my early adulthood. And I still am. I just had somebody by my side through it. Don't shame me for that.

Again, I love being married to my high school sweetheart. The things we've been through together in the past have a huge effect on how we currently function as a couple. I wouldn't want it any other way. And I know those things and the things we're going through at this stage in our lives are gearing us up for a great future.

Do you think marrying your high school sweetheart is a good or bad idea? Link up any posts about past, present, and future below!
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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Alessia is a historian, social entrepreneur, political junkie and manquée professional comedian. Never to be seen in society without her standard Ray-ban Wayfarers, rose-gold iPhone and ash blonde Chelsea blow dry. Still the most (in)eligible Catholic bachelorette, with a love of fine wines, Jane Austen and all things beautiful. Mistaken by her own mother for Amy Pond from Doctor Who. Blogs about life in London at The Blond Pond.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Role Models for Marriage (#LoveBlog2017 - Linkup & Giveaway)

I'm co-hosting #LoveBlog2017 again today! I hope you've enjoyed all the prompts and posts. Today's prompt is Role Models. Click here to see all the rules and prompts. There are only 4 more days after today!

Today is also Thankful Thursday. I'm not posting a Thankful Thursday linkup because I'm hosting Love Blog, but I am going to write this Thankful Thursday style.
Today I am thankful for the many role models we have for our marriage. Both of my sets of grandparents have been married for more than 50 years. My parents have been married for 32 years and and Pearson's parents have been married 29 years. We both have aunts and uncles who've been married 25-30 years.

Marriage is important in our families. All these people have taught us a lot and showed us how to treat each other by their examples.

My grandma has dementia and my grandpa has stuck to her side doing everything for her. In sickness and in health.

My other grandparents still call each other "babe" and view each other with so much love.

Both of my grandfathers were in the military and their wives supported them through all that. They raised children together and have served their churches together.

My parents taught me these 10 lessons about marriage, and many more. (They also taught me these 5 lessons on life in general).

Pearson's parents taught me these 5 life lessons along with many more.

But it's not only family.

Pearson and I have been blessed with so many role models and mentors. We went to Harding University, a small Christian university. So we were really close to our teachers, dorm parents, advisers, club sponsors and so many other "adults." Most of them were married. Most of them knew we were dating each other. And while not all of them purposely mentored us on marriage, they taught us by example. Which is kinda the definition of a "role model."

Outside of Harding, especially in the church (both where we grew up and where we are members now), there are also so many marriage mentors and role models.

And then there were the people who did purposely mentor us on marriage. We went to a couple weekend marriage seminars in college. We attended a marriage Sunday school class for engaged couples for an entire year in college. We went to a few marriage counseling sessions at the counseling center on campus. Our minister did a few sessions with us. And we were "assigned" an older couple as our marriage mentors at our church now.

So as I was saying, we've been very blessed in this area. Marriage is tough and it's nice to see other people who are happy in marriage. And it's important to have mentors who have been through some tough times together. I am very thankful we have so many wonderful role models in our lives!

What are you thankful for this month?
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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Kayla is a 20-something professional and grad student living in a small college town in the Atlanta-area with her hubby and their furbaby, Courage. She enjoys burritos, coffee, and Chickfila. Her favorite past-times include binge-watching television shows and binge-reading thrillers. She runs the lifestyle blog a paper arrow.
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Ivanna is a registered nurse with a large dose of colorful creativity. She writes at Provocative Joy while working overseas with Mercy Ships. She enjoys the art of head wrapping and the thrill of thrifting. She writes about living intentionally in community, in marriage, and the challenges of making a difference no matter which country she’s in.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Birthday Wishes for Pearson (#LoveBlog2017 - Giveaway & Linkup)

Today is my wonderful husband's birthday. And today's #LoveBlog2017 prompt is "Wishes." (Click here for a list of all the prompts). I thought writing out some birthday wishes I have for him would be perfect!

Dear Pearson,


My wish for you is that your life becomes all that you want it to... Okay, I couldn't help it. That song has been stuck in my head for days while writing this letter. Now back to seriousness.

My wish for you is...

That I can continue to give you the life you want.

That people are always drawn to you and your personality.

That you will always be able to goof off and never be so stressed that you can't enjoy life.

That you always keep that joy of a child where you get super excited about anything and everything.

That you find a band to be a part of someday and you always have people to jam with. Oh and that you always love and are as good at guitar and music as you are right now.

That you never stop giving the best kisses ever.

That you find a job that you truly love once you're done with this PhD (In December of this year!!!).

That you gain your love for science back.

That I can always make you happy and take care of you all my days.

That you never lose your sense of wonder and thirst for knowledge.

That you're always as adventurous as you are right now and you never stop dreaming of our future.

That you remain in good health all your days and die at a peaceful old age with no regrets in life.

That you never care what others think of you and never compare yourself to others.

That you never doubt that you are perfect for me and that I love you with all my heart.

That the Falcons win the Super Bowl and the Hurricanes win the National Championship in the same year!

That you have an excellent birthday today!

I love you!

Thanks for reading! Link up any posts about "Wishes" below!

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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene - Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook // Bloglovin
Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Tayler is a motherhood and lifestyle blogger at The Morrell Tale. She loves raising her kids, Rhys (2.5 years old) and Evelyn (1 month old). She also writes about her time as a teacher, her Mormon religion, books she's read, and recipes she and her husband have created.
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Laura is a big dreamer, full time marketing manager, blogger, and part-time artist. She aspires to inspire people in their everyday lives and help them to live towards their dreams and making the most out of their lives. She has been blogging for about 6 years now, more recently finding her glorious niche' of sharing her stories and thoughts of life and daily inspiration.
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The #LoveBlog2017 giveaway starts February 1, 2017 and runs through the end of the month. While we love our international readers, this is limited to US residents only due to legal restrictions. To learn more about all the sponsors, check out Belle Brita all month long!
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