Vol 1, No. 4 Feb. 2011

...A monthly newsletter designed to help make your marriage great. Each issue contains articles, tips and more.

Falling in Love, Again: Rekindling Romance and Restoring Hope in Your Marriage

By Lynn M. Griesemer

Many people talk about “falling” in love as an important condition before marrying. My question for married couples is, are you “growing” in love? Growth happens with time and as your love matures.

While many of us may think love is at its peak on the day we get married, we encounter life experiences that were previously unknown and we discover hidden and new things about our spouse that deepen our love for each other. For example, the role of the mother and father emerge with the birth of a child. Growing in love means you can overlook the small quirks in your mate. It also means that you can forgive major and minor offenses and communicate and act in considerate ways. Growing in love means you get better at doing things you may not really want to do, for the sake of your partner and it means that you demonstrate affection and gratitude frequently.

Many couples experience an initial falling in love, but after several years, can’t quite pinpoint what happened along the way; some feel that some of the love has gone away - the romance has faded, the excitement has dulled. They wonder if others experience this lessening of passion and conclude that responsibilities have replaced the younger, carefree days.

I have some good news and some bad news. You can’t return to the magical days of early romance, when everything seemed perfect and surreal, where time stood still. As blissful and as peaceful as those days seemed, life has brought you to this point, with its many twists and turns, joys and heartaches. The person you are now is hopefully a richer, better version of the old you. You’ve probably encountered some major and minor challenges in your relationship and you’ve had to develop skills to deal with conflict and overcome hardship.

What is the good news if you are longing for a more satisfying relationship? The good news is that if you want to make improvements and you care about your spouse and your marriage, there are plenty of things you can do, beginning TODAY.

Unfortunately, there is not enough space in this column to list all of the things you can do. Some changes are very easy and reap immediate results; others take more time and effort. I invite you to listen to my weekly radio program on www.blogtalkradio.com/marriagecoachlynn. I’ve had many guest speakers and discussions about this topic during the past few months.

If I had to sum up the most important aspects of restoring your love, they would include: (1) you must have the desire to do so (2) you must care about your partner and your marriage (3) seek out skills and techniques about how to improve through books, people, and / or retreats (4) be patient with yourself and your partner. If it has taken several years for your marriage to slowly deteriorate, it may take more than just a few weeks to repair and restore your relationship.

Free Lecture:  Falling in Love Again,  February 14, 2011

Lynn M. Griesemer will be presenting a free seminar, “Falling in Love Again:  Rekindling Romance and Restoring Hope in Your Marriage,” at the Chantilly Library Meeting Room on Monday, Feb. 14, 7:00-8:00pm. Chantilly Regional Library is located on 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly, VA  20151. The public is invited. Door prize – copy of “Reenergize Your Marriage in 21 Days.” Reservations accepted, but not required:  lynn@marriagecoachlynn.com.  To view a flyer of this event, visit www.MarriageCoachLynn.com/Feb14Flyer.html.

Lynn M. Griesemer is a Marriage Coach and has been happily married for over 25 years. She helps struggling marriages improve and good marriages become great. www.marriagecoachlynn.com.

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Tip: Let Your Partner Influence You

Some people are unable to compromise if their heart and mind are closed to their spouse’s needs, desires, opinions and values. Partners who accept their spouse’s influence often strengthen their friendship and boost their fondness, admiration and deepen their “love map” (see Tip from Vol. 1 No. 3). Those who honor, respect and are able to accept influence report happier marriages.

Picture Couples Corner

Meet Doug and Diane Young. They’ve been married almost 40 years, but six years ago, they were on the brink of divorce. Diane was fed up with Doug’s negativity and decided to file for divorce. During their six month separation, Doug vowed not to be a statistic that their lawyers touted: “Nine out of ten couples who separate end up divorcing.” Doug rolled up his sleeves and took charge of his attitude. He began to lose weight, gain confidence and adopted a much more sunny disposition. Toward the end of the separation, he and Diane reconciled and Doug says they’ve never been happier. His advice: “Don’t give up. Never stop trying. Look at yourself and take small steps.”

Doug was a guest on “Your Marriage Matters” on 12/7/10. Listen to “How Changing Myself Saved My Marriage.” www.blogtalkradio.com/marriagecoachlynn.

National Marriage Week

National Marriage Week is the brainchild of Richard Kane who started it in the UK in 1996. Marriage Week was adopted in the U.S. in 2002 by co-founders Brent Barlow and. Diane Sollee of Smart Marriages. In 2009, a group led by Chuck Stetson and Sheila Weber of the Let's Strengthen Marriage Campaign, working with dozens of organizations in the U.S. and many leaders in the marriage movement, have developed the National Marriage Week USA site to bring together the many activities that organizations all around the country, including churches and houses of worship, are already doing to strengthen marriage during National Marriage Week USA— February 7th to 14th each year. For information on how you can strengthen your own marriage or marriage in your community, visit www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org. Sheila Weber was the guest on “Your Marriage Matters” Radio Program, February 1, 2011. www.blogtalkradio.com/marriagecoachlynn.


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