Packages covered the floor. A beautiful food spread filled the table accented by a bright flower centerpiece. And, ladies in dresses stepped through the door. The scene screamed party.
It was my friend’s bridal shower.
Having already been married for a few years, I wanted to make sure that the celebration was a perfect mix of fun and meaning. To accomplish that, we included an original game.
Since the bride-to-be was a scrap booker, I got funky edged scissors and pretty wedding paper and cut it into smaller pieces, varying in size and shape. Then, everyone at the party took a piece of the paper and wrote one piece of marriage advice. Afterwards, the bride to be read each tip aloud and people guessed who wrote it. Obviously, the person with the most matches correct won.
I knew immediately what I would write-
Before going to bed each night, share with one another the high and low of your day.Why?
Life is full of activity. Between getting to work, going to school, caring for kids, volunteering, attending various meetings, chatting on the phone, getting together with friends, paying bills, making meals, doing laundry, and the list goes on, life gets busy.
Even though you are a couple, you get pulled in individual directions over the course of the day.
And those experiences touch us, mold us, transform us, inspire us, scare us, encourage us, exhaust us, and move us in deep ways. So, unless we make a purposeful effort to share the high and low of our day – because those often will be the things that impact us most – we will move into the next day drifting apart rather than closer together. Over time this could lead to an emotional chasm that causes married couples to see their spouse as a stranger instead of their partner.
I cannot tell you what a blessing it has been to intentionally carve out this nightly time for one another. It us unearthed incredible heartfelt conversation and ensured constant understanding of each other so that we continue through life as one solid unit.
Given the crowd at the party the tips varied from absolute hilarity to gentle encouragement, but it made for one pretty cool bridal party game because when all the advice was placed among pictures on a scrapbook page, the bride-to-be had a permanent memento of the fun she had and inspirational words for her life to come.
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