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Cultivating a Healthy Marriage Affects Others Positively

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Yesterday, Austin and I were taking pretty pictures of our new book. I told Austin I really wanted to find some flowers to put in the shot, but right now, the only ones I have out are Christmas poinsettias.
Austin and I started looking all over the house for something that would work. A few minutes later, my youngest son Braden came to me with these the tiny flowers. Braden has a plant in his room that just sent off blooms.

This isn't just any plant either. 13 years ago, part of this plant was at my wedding. We put these types of plants as centerpieces on our reception tables. My mom took one home. Over the years, she's taken cuttings off of the plant to share.
This isn’t just any plant either. 13 years ago, part of this plant was at my wedding. We put these types of plants as centerpieces on our reception tables. My mom took one home. Over the years, she’s taken cuttings off of the plant to share.
The way my mom took the plant from that day and has cultivated it to share with others is a great depiction of how healthy marriage affect others. As you cultivate your healthy relationship, you are able to break off pieces of wisdom you’ve gained to share with other couples. If they take that wisdom and cultivate it, it will grow into a healthy relationship that can then be shared with others.

At first, I was frustrated that he picked all of the blooms off the plant. I immediately stopped myself from getting angry, and graciously accepted his sacrifice. Be giving me those tiny blooms, he was giving up their beauty in his room.
I scattered these blooms throughout the shot. It’s actually quite fitting to have offspring of the plants from my wedding day in pictures of a book we wrote to help other couples go deeper in their marriage.

I don’t know about you, but we spent way too many dates stressing out about our responsibilities or winding up in fights. Rather than being able to take a break from our life and retreat into one another, we would hash out the weight of the world we were carrying.

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