Twelve years have gone by! One dozen years. While we have had issues and ups and downs like everyone else, we are happy and blessed more than we could ever have imagined.
If you do not think having children will completely change the dynamic of your marriage, I would advise you to think again. Adding additional people into a home, especially babies/kids who need attention, education, food, cleaning, etc.? It can rock the world you knew before. With powerful blessings come a few bumps in the road sometimes.
I launched a conversation with some of my favorite Georgia Social Media Moms to mark my upcoming anniversary: What are your tips for a happy marriage with kids?
Smart, busy, influential moms give some pretty smart advice:
"Spend some time together completely offline, just the two of you."
--Krystyn from Really Are You Serious, married 11 years, 4 daughters
"Be sure to make time for your spouse! Date nights at home can be just as much fun as going out - and you don't have to spend money on a babysitter."
--Kecia from Southern Girl Ramblings, married 7 years, 2 sons
"Never speak ill of each other and don't hold grudges."
--Autumn from Classic Mommy, married 8 years, 1 daughter
"Even though we are very busy during the year, we always plan a weekend away each anniversary. It's fun, romantic, and gives us time to reconnect as a couple without the kiddos around."
--Roxanne from Children Teaching Mama, married 8 years, 2 sons
"Make each other laugh as often as possible. We get our two boys in on it daily."
--Candy from CandyPolooza, married 14 years, 2 sons
"We tell our two daughters that Mommy and Daddy need playdates too and we make sure to do them at least once a month!"
--Cindy from Surviving Mommy, married 3 years, 2 daughters
"It's so easy to pass by each other as you are getting the kids ready for bed and not actually talk all week. Make an effort to talk about something even if it's only for 5 minutes. Stay connected."
--Phoebe from East Cobb Mom, married 5 years, 1 son
"Talk. And talk often. Talk about the things that matter and are most important to each of you. And you absolutely need to talk about finances. Period."
--Barbara from Atlantas Frugal Mom, married 7 years, 1 daughter and 1 son
"It's okay to apologize and say you're sorry. Don't let your ego get in the way when you know you are wrong."
--Diana from Nanny to Mommy, married 7 years, 1 daughter and 1 son
"Patience. Lots of patience."
--Ashley from Ashleys Random Blog, married 22 years, 1 daughter and 1 son
"Be kind! Say things nicely, add pet names and use caring touch. This always makes the other feel like the center of the world and nothing else can touch that!"
--Lindsey from Redhead Baby Mama, married 6 years, 1 son and baby on the way
Photos shown are pictures-of-pictures from my wedding album. Credits to Eddie Lambert, photographer.