Day 3 = A Time to Laugh (a.k.a. Snaps All Day)

A few weeks back Kirsten took on her first job since becoming a mom. It had been about 10 months since Noah was born and she was nervous. The job was babysitting our neighbor one to two times a week. The best part about this job is that she gets to stay with Noah while doing it. While it’s nice for her to be able to stay home while working and be with her son, there are still stressful days. She is, after all, taking care of both a one-year-old and a two-year old!

Always laugh when you can. It’s cheap medicine.

~George Gordon Byron

So today (Tuesday, and her day to babysit), I wanted to keep her laughing and smiling. Whether the day was stressful or they were having a great time at the park together, laughter never hurts a situation. So for Day 3 of our #31CreativeWays adventure 🚀 laughing was a main priority for the Paschals. So…Read More »

Day 2: Thoughtfulness = Starbucks Tea, Smores Frap, and a Movie

Today we embarked on Day 2 of our #31CreativeWays adventure 🚀 and it ended quite well. I headed in for work this morning (being Monday and all) after we had a great weekend as a family. We started up this whole website over the weekend with Saturday and Sunday off which made it much easier to really dive into it, write, and spend time together. I knew that today could prove a challenge heading back to work. Over the years I have learned something about myself. I get all fired up on the weekends and make lists of things I need to do. May be a list of chores to accomplish during the upcoming week. May be a list of days that I will run, cycle and workout each week to get back in shape. Or a list of books I want to read over the next three months. No matter the list, when Monday hits I tend to postpone that list for a few hours of Netflix instead. Today I didn’t do that. Today I chose to stay strong and take this #31CreativeWays adventure one day at a time.Read More »

Day 1: Prayer… The Guy Version

So about a year ago Kirsten read a book co-authored by Alyssa Bethke which she loved. Kir soon found out that Alyssa hosted a podcast with her husband, Jeff, that she began listening to. She brought me into the listening experience while on a road trip. It didn’t take long at all for me to be hooked. Now, one year later, we picked up the latest book from the Bethkes titled 31 Creative Ways to Love & Encourage Her/Him. There are two books in the set, one for the husband/boyfriend and one for the wife/girlfriend. Yesterday, we kicked off the 31 days with a few other goals in mind. So in case you haven’t read Kir’s first post on our new blog, check it out here! One, she can write so good!  Two, she explains our goals (no TV watching included…) in more detail.Read More »

Day 2: A Lesson in Communication

It was a sunny, peaceful morning. Noah was napping. Mike was enjoying a cup of coffee and reading a book. I was heating up my cup of tea and had just finished praying for my husband again.

Day 2’s activity was similar to Day 1. And today’s prayers for Mike transitioned to prayers for our future. However, in my prayers for the future, I focused more on the impact they’d have on Mike and prayed for specific opportunities for him to draw closer to God. Usually, and especially in seasons of scarce prayers, I find myself mostly throwing out prayers for my own growth and spiritual walk. Today’s prayer felt refreshingly less self-focused, and having Mike at the forefront once again brought to mind how wonderful he is in so many ways.Read More »

31 Creative Ways to Love and Encourage Him: Day 1 – Prayer

Mike and I are big fans of Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke. Jeff is a speaker, and both are authors and have a youtube channel. They have two children, live in Hawaii, and Mike and I have a lot of fun following their vlogs and podcasts.

Recently, Jeff and Alyssa wrote short his-and-hers books called “31 Creative Ways to Love and Encourage Her” and “31 Creative Ways to Love and Encourage Him” that are meant to help bring intentionality (and its accompanying joy, fun, and life) back into dating or married relationships. I’m going to be COMPLETELY honest right now… I knew about them, but didn’t take the leap to buy them until I learned about this contest they were holding to win a trip to Hawaii. Buying the books was one way to increase your chances, so… yeah… ulterior motives. 😉Read More »