After just a few minutes of witnessing their love and hearing their wise words of advice they have learned over the 55 years of marriage, it hit us like a ton of bricks. We were meant to be in their living room to hear everything that they had to share. They shared incredibly openly about their challenges they faced over the years.
I like to consider myself as a go-with-the-flow kind of gal. The kind of girl that is spontaneous and likes to mix things up! However, when it comes to family traditions, I am as far from go-with-the-flow as possible. I am definitely a traditionalist when it involves family, especially around the holidays! Growing up, my whole extended family lived within 10 miles of our home in Central PA. Living so close to one another provided many opportunities to get together… in fact, every Sunday we would go to MeMe & PopPop’s house for dinner and fun with the cousins! The holidays provided just another excuse to get together with everyone and do something memorable together!
So since it is the fall and one of our favorite ways to warm up during the cool crisp evenings is with some warm homemade chili, we decided to host our first ever Couples Chili Cook-Off. And because Chili obviously goes better with beer (what doesn't?) ;) we also turned it into a fun Pumpkin Beer Tasting as well.
Chris and I are go-getters. For the past almost thirty years, if we’ve wanted something, we’ve worked hard and strived to attain it. Usually, Type A, slightly over-achievers like us see problems as mountains that can be moved or climbed. So, you can imagine our frustration, when, for the first time as a married couple, we faced a mountain that we couldn’t budge, let alone move: Infertility.
Crazy enough, the holidays are just around the corner and we thought it would be fun to introduce our “Ask the Experts” category with the topic of Creating Holiday Traditions. Now is your chance to ask any and all of the questions you may have about creating new traditions, letting go of old traditions, and how to manage the sticky situations that may come up along the way!
Before we tied the knot and each said I do, we heard all kinds of advice about how marriage is a 50/50 relationship. The idea was that in order to have a great marriage couples should each be responsible for 50% of the marriage. Each couple should share the household chores. Each couple should work to come to agreements even if it is a compromise.