Marriage, Uncategorized

Our Special Anniversary Tradition

+J.M.J.+ Ethan was being sneaky the weekend we met in person. When he paid for our parking to walk to the Seattle Art Museum he quietly saved the little ticket reciept in his wallet. When we went to the Seattle Japanese Gardens, he grabbed a leaf from the tree we picnicked under. He said he… Continue reading Our Special Anniversary Tradition

Catholic Life, Family Life, Marriage, Uncategorized

Advice For Single Catholics

+J.M.J+ As I look back on Ethan and I's relationship as I often do this time of year near our anniversary, it has struck my heart that I would like to share some advice to single people looking for their future spouse. Always Be Discerning First of all, make sure you have discerned your vocation.… Continue reading Advice For Single Catholics

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My Husband Saw I Needed Help

+J.M.J.+ A great quote by a priest I used to know was, "A good husband gives his wife what is good for her, not just what she thinks will make her happy." Ethan is one of those good husbands who recently insisted on something he knew would be best for me, even though I didn't… Continue reading My Husband Saw I Needed Help

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I’m Not Owed Things Being Perfect

+J.M.J.+ Recently I was talking to a friend who is really far from any family - she and her husband raise their children without the help of their parents and siblings. I so resonated with her frustration as we ourselves live hundreds of miles from either of our families. She said something during our conversation… Continue reading I’m Not Owed Things Being Perfect

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We Saved Our First Kiss

+J.M.J.+ One of the most memorable, spectacular, and beautiful moments of my life was sharing my first kiss with Ethan. I'll never forget it. It was on our wedding day. Not kissing until a couple is married is quite common amongst fundamentalist Christians. There is a whole genre of books aimed at Christian teens that… Continue reading We Saved Our First Kiss

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Our Love Story – A Catholic Match Connection

+J.M.J.+ I met the love of my life in person on July 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. and exactly one year later on July 19th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. I walked down the aisle to become his wife. This is the start of Ethan and I's love story. You Have A Message From Ethan In… Continue reading Our Love Story – A Catholic Match Connection

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Give Them the Grace You Give Yourself + A Prayer for Patience

+J.M.J.+ Why can't I give others the grace I give myself? Me When I make a mess, say I spill some milk when pouring a glass, I'll lightly say, "whoops," wipe it up, and move on. Others When my toddler accidentally makes a mess, it is really easy for me to get annoyed. I try to… Continue reading Give Them the Grace You Give Yourself + A Prayer for Patience

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“Once I Have X, I’ll Be Happy” Is A Lie

+J.M.J.+ One of the most frequent lies we tell ourselves is that once we obtain X thing, we will be happy. I have gone through this so many times myself. First I believed that once I reached my 20's I would be completely happy. As a teenager I thought it would be the prime of… Continue reading “Once I Have X, I’ll Be Happy” Is A Lie

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Stop Gossiping About Your Spouse: Remember Your Tabor Vision Instead

+J.M.J.+ At a recent friend's bridal shower, the guests were given a piece of paper to write down a piece of marriage advice for her. I didn't have to think long about what I wanted to write; Ethan and I have been faithful about not saying negative things about each other to anyone for our… Continue reading Stop Gossiping About Your Spouse: Remember Your Tabor Vision Instead