If you’re a regular One Flesh Marriage reader, You were probably been wondering where Brad and I have been. We haven’t forgotten you or stopped blogging. Following a long chain of events, of which we were following God’s leading and timing we purchased a house in the beginning of October. It is a lovely home, but needed some TLC before we could move in. So we have been working on that for the past 2 months, every free moment we have had, which sadly has left us very little time for blogging. Fear not, this Saturday is moving day, once again (2nd time in 5 months) and after that, we are looking forward to some lazy days with our kids and talking marriage with you amazing OFM readers. Thank you for your love, support and patience.
Kate says . . .
One of the things we have enjoyed doing each year is talking gifts around the holidays. Whether gifts are a love language for you and your hubby or not, it is time to think creatively and with your hubby’s personality in mind. So here are my thoughts for this year’s gift guide, that will knock his socks off! 😉
A picture speaks a thousand words
Men are visual. Yeah God for creating them that way, even if we don’t understand it sometimes. Your hubby loves to look at you. So give him one of the things he loves best – a way to look at you. No I am not suggesting that you stand naked before him all day long, although I am sure he would love that too. What I am suggesting is to have your picture taken of yourself for your husband. This can range from anything to portraits done by a professional, portraits done by a friend, a self-portrait or something fun and sexy. One idea is to have a 1950’s style pin-up picture taken of yourself. They are fun and a bit revealing of your beauty, but not overly showy. If you decide to do this, just make sure your find a women photographer to take them. You will be more comfortable and since these pictures are for your hubby’s male eyes only, this will help that.
Want to take care of your hubby? Take care of yourself!
I have been reading and challenging all your ladies to join me in reading, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. It has been a great encouragement to me and a challenge as well. There are lots of books out there that will challenge you as a daughter of God, but as a wife as well. Find something to challenge you in who you are in Christ. A few ideas:
I can smell you from here!!
Well we certainly want that to be a good thing when our hubby’s can smell us from across the room. As I sit here typing this, all snuggled in my bed, I can smell my “Peace” soap that is sitting in my shower. It is from the wonderful all natural soap makers at Day Three Bath and Body. There soaps are the best and they are ALL natural! Someone just the other day, said I smelled great and wanted to know what kind of soap I used. “Why Day Three!” I said. Our five senses are all very important in our marriage and scent is a huge one. Find out what kind of scent your hubby likes and go for it. I love Day Three because although it smells great, it is not overpowering, it is just nice and clean!
Let’s talk about sex
Ha! It always makes the list! Keeping a fresh perspective and an open conversation about intimacy is an amazing way to bless your marriage. Two sex and intimacy bloggers that I highly respect and am blessed to call friends have released eBooks just recently. Gleaning from these two ladies is such a good thing. I love to hear their insights and ideas. Not to mention their humor, which always makes me laugh. Sometimes it’s a chuckle and sometimes it’s a down right roll on the floor laughing. Be sure to check out these books this holiday season and bless your hubby as you connect through sexual intimacy.
Intimacy in Marriage’s Julie Seibert (co-authored)- Pursuit of Passion: Discovering True Intimacy in Your Marriage
Hot, Holy & Humorous’ “J” – Sex Savvy: A Lovemaking Guide for Christian Wives
Sweep Him Away
Give your hubby the gift of you and time alone with you during the busy holiday season might just be better than any gift you could buy at a store. Plan an evening our or an overnight if you can make it happen. I know that it is not easy for many wives, but just the fact that you worked hard to make that time along happen will speak to your hubby’s heart.
I would LOVE to hear from our OFM wives out there about their great ideas (general please, no details we don’t want to give away any surprises 😉 for their hubby’s this year! Share in the comments below. You might just bless a wife today with your idea, when she says, “that’s it!” 🙂
Some links are monetized, use them to support the ministry of One Flesh Marriage! Thank you!