Hard Times in Marriage

hard times in marriageLast night, Hudson and I were up past midnight just laughing in bed about the most random things. I forget what was even so funny, but I love acting like little kids with my husband and waking up with a smile on my face knowing how blessed I am to be his wife. I just love the life we’ve built together so far.

This morning I was thinking: we still hopefully have close to 60 years together. 60 years is a long time which is AWESOME, but…things aren’t going to always be this easy. We’ve been generally blessed with an easy and wonderful life so far, but that doesn’t mean we will never have hard times in marriage. Most older couples I know have been through a LOT together and in the next 60 years, Hudson and I could go through just as much.

A car accident. Miscarriage. Cancer. Death of people close to us. The list of hard times in marriage goes on and on…

Will hard times in marriage make us or break us?

One thing I know for sure is that on June 2nd, 2012, I committed to “for better and for worse.” And through the hard times in marrige, I want my best friend by my side. I pray that through difficult things, Hudson and I will grow even closer to each other. And most of all, I pray that we’ll grow closer to Jesus and remain committed to Him.

At our wedding, we sang the song Never Once by Matt Redman, and I want to always remember the words:

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

God is always faithful to us. So when the hard times in marriage come – will I be devoted to Jesus and committed to my husband with everything I am? I sure hope so.

I spent this morning praying for our marriage and asking God to give Hudson and I strength to grow closer together during the hard times in marriage, rather than apart. I want to take more steps now to prepare us for adversity.

How have you prepared for hard times in marriage?

Easy Ham Pot Pie Recipe

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Hudson and I made a delicious meal last night that I thought I’d share today! With back to school time being busy for Hudson working at the University of Maryland, we’ve been trying to develop a new routine – and part of that is coming up with new, easy and delicious recipes! This ham pot pie recipe is one of our new favorites :)

Easy Ham Pot Pie

  • 1 prepared pie crust
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 3 oz shredded cheese
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups frozen mixed veggies
  • 2 1/2 cups diced Smithfield All Natural ham

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Best Kitchen Gadgets

Calphalon at SearsThis is a compensated sponsored post, though all opinions are my own.

How many hours would you estimate you spend in the kitchen each week?

I asked one of my friends that the other day, and I think the answer shocked both of us.

When you think about how much time goes into cooking good, non-freezer meals and then cleaning up after all that work, it really adds up! Thankfully, Hudson has been so sweet to take on the cleaning so that I can focus on cooking. But, it still takes more time than I’d like after working a full day!

When Hudson and I got married, we set out to find the best kitchen gadgets: cookware, bakeware, kitchen utensils, and beyond. We knew that the better quality non-stick products we got, the easier it would be to cook and clean…therefore saving time in the kitchen and spending more time on what is important: dating each other!

In addition to non-stick, we also thought the best kitchen gadgets would:

  • be oven safe up to 400°F
  • have silicone handles
  • have good performance
  • be affordable!

We researched review after review and found that Calphalon was by far the best kitchen gadgets brand, meeting everything we were looking for and more! And I am excited to share that Sears is now selling Calphalon! Sears is Hudson’s all-time favorite store, so it’s perfect for me that they now offer the best kitchen brand there as well :) We’ve already made one “date night” visit, and plan to make another tonight!!

best kitchen gadgets

So far, my favorite Calphalon products from Sears are:

  • covered cupcake pan
  • pizza pan (Hudson has been BEGGING me to get a pizza pan instead of using cookie sheets…haha)
  • spoon and edged turner utensils
  • sauce pan
  • omelet skillets

Calphalon Sears

As much as I love the durability and performance of these products, I think what I love most of all is the beautiful toffee colored finish of the bakeware! It’s incredible how flawless Calphalon products are, for such a very affordable price. And Hudson couldn’t be happier with how well everything cleans!

Calphalon Sears

In your mind, what are some of the best kitchen gadgets? If you need some ideas, check out Calphalon at Sears!