Big Announcement!

We closed our eyes, counted to three, and opened to find a big plus-sign on the test.

I’m the doubter in our relationship so it took me some convincing that the sign was in fact 100% positive. Then we screamed so loud while simultaneously jumping up and down that I regretted having the windows open that morning. We fell back into bed and just stared at each other with the biggest grins on our faces. We were going to be parents. Our unity as husband and wife had produced something fully him and fully me. What a beautiful thing God has created!

Baby Prokopets is set to arrive on February 14, 2014, our little Valentine. He or she will be surely loved!

With this being our first child, there are so many unknowns. But there is one thing we are certain of, that we will be loved and supported by our friends and family every step of the way. It has been an incredible experience to receive such love from so many already. Yesterday, we emailed our clients, both past and present, wanting them to hear the news first hand. And the response was overwhelming. We are so thankful for our family, our friends, and our clients – we know we’re not alone in this and that is a very reassuring thought.

One of our very sweet clients Jamie sent me a piece of advice upon hearing our news that echos my philosophy on marriage and parenting, “To raise healthy kids, simply put your marriage first and your children second. For many of today’s couples, the children are priority No. 1 and marriage is priority No. 10 – and few of us make it past the top three priorities on our daily to-do list.” I’m sure this baby will both challenge and strengthen our marriage in many ways and I hope to share about it with you in the process.

The sex of baby P will remain unknown, even to us, until we deliver. So, we look forward to sharing our little surprise in the new year. Thanks again for all of your love and support!

Big Announcement

8 Years of Love And Laughter

This past week I watched my husband scrub clean his 91 year old grandma’s apartment bathroom. I’m talking every single inch.

But that is a picture of my husband. He serves those he loves, selflessly and sacrificially, with a smile on his face. He never complains or makes you feel like a burden. He simply loves.

There are days when I honestly cannot believe he’s mine. Today is one such day.

8 years ago today, we promised our lives to one another. And I still feel this huge amount of thankfulness for this gift I’ve been given. In just a few hours, we’ll be toasting to many, many more years of love and laughter!

Thank you so much for your love and support over the years. Writing about marriage here on this little website has been such a source of encouragement and accountability for my own marriage. I look forward to continuing on this journey of making marriage happen with you.

Previous anniversaries: 7 Years; 6 Years

Anniversary Wedding Photo

10 Ways To Infuse More Fun Into Your Marriage

Fun in Marriage

Earlier this month, we recommended finding ways to be more playful in your marriage. Life can sometimes get the best of us. One day you wake up and that person you fell in love with feels more like a business partner than your best friend. You’re managing so many things together such as finances, children, schedules, etc that any ounce of fun gets put on the back burner until things settle down. But life never settles down and your marriage cannot wait. It needs your attention and it needs some relief in the form of some good ol’ fashioned fun. So, let’s get to it!

In case you just feel at a loss for ideas these days, here are some of our tried and true ways to let all the responsibilities go (they’ll be waiting for you when you return) and have some good laughs together. We actually are business partners so we have to make a conscious effort in this area.

10 Ways To Infuse More Fun Into Your Marriage

    1. Kids know how to have fun! Go find a kid friendly activity to do together. For example, hitting up the playground at a nearby park will make you feel like two kids again.

    2. A little friendly competition always brings out flirting and laughter in Vitaliy and I. Perhaps a little table tennis, kite flying, or board games. Don’t be afraid to get physical!

    3. Do a seasonal activity together. A summer carnival riding rides and eating cotton candy, a free concert in the park, or a winter snowball fight.

    4. Go on a double date with close friends. Sometimes a little fun with others can go a long way.

    5. Break the rules! Put the kids to bed early and make yourselves breakfast for dinner and even eat in bed if you want.

    6. Have you been on a bike ride together lately? We don’t do this very often, but when we do, I don’t know why but we always have a ton of fun together.

    7. Vitaliy loves making stuff together. For him fun looks like planting a garden, cooking a meal together, or finding some kind of DIY project to accomplish together.

    8. Find a deserted or dimly lit street, park your car and make out like teenagers. A friend, married longer than me, gave me this advice once. I’m just sayin’.

    9. Get away from your regular routine and daily responsibilities. Perhaps a secret rendezvous?

    10. And if none of these are convincing, try one of these out!  10 Ways To Laugh Together

I feel like the constant theme above is staying young at heart together. So, let’s do just that and Make Marriage Happen by adding a bit more playfulness and fun into our relationships.