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Love Your Spouse Challenge, Day 6

Posted by Julie on August 21, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I’m winding down sharing the Love Your Spouse Challenge, Day 6, from Facebook. Chances are you’ve been discouraged. That you’ve prayed for something and wondered if God ever heard. Be encouraged! We saw so many prayers answered as we watched Tom’s daughter marry and we interacted with so many people from Tom’s first marriage. It was a blessing and one of the highlights of my own marriage. Read on!

Love Your Spouse Challenge Day 6.

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Love Your Spouse Challenge, Day 6

I was tagged by Susan and anyone who would like to play, please do! This is from 2011, Mandy’s wedding. It was a beautiful event on a beautiful day where I saw prayer after prayer answered.

Even now I look back and think about what Rocky said. I have gaps. Tom has gaps. Together, we got no gaps.

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Love Your Spouse Challenge Day 1

Posted by Julie on August 13, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

You’ve probably seen the challenge on Facebook. Although I can’t respond to each invitation I receive, this one grabbed my attention. I didn’t see it as a way to show the “glamourous” aspect of marriage through pictures.

I saw it as a way to be authentic and encourage.

Enough so that I am going to share my posts here.

Because somewhere, out there, someone needs that encouragement.

Here you go.

DAY ONE

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Susan tagged me for the Love Your Spouse challenge. For 7 days I’ll post a picture of Tom and I to promote marriage  and to challenge couples to choose onheeness over isolation every day!

Although one set is a newlywed, I think they have enough great pix together to participate if they want. I choose Amanda and Matt /Stephanie  because they were a big part of why I said yes when their dad asked me to marry him. I knew I wasn’t just marrying Tom, I was entering into a family. So glad I did!

This picture is the first one of us that I know of. I’m not sure we’re even engaged, but if so, it was pretty new. 1995.

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Re-Writing the Evil Step-Mom Story

Posted by Julie on May 17, 2013 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

Earlier this week I was blessed to have my step-mom experience shared with Rebecca’s blog Among Friends: The Ties That Bond Us. If you’re in a blended family I encourage you to take the time to read.

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Our family is proof that the step-family story doesn’t have to be a tragedy.

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Who is a Step-Parent (And Proud of It?)

Posted by Julie on February 1, 2012 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

This week I’m taking time to ask questions that range from silly, to serious, and always random.

Today is my step-son’s birthday. He’s an adult, but I remember the night before marrying his dad he was tumbling through the halls of a hotel pretending to be a spy. Today he works in the heart of Chicago for a major hotel chain. I can’t believe how fast time flies.

Happy Birthday!

I’ve come across adults who hear me mention I’m a step-mom and they flinch in advance, thinking I’m about to go off on some awful experience.

I hate to disappoint you, but I LOVE it. Love it enough that I enjoyed my step-daughter’s wedding as one of the top  highlights of my 2011. I enjoyed catching up with their mom. Yes, that would be my husband’s former wife. Liked it enough I got to meet their grandmother on their mom’s side, and she apparently liked me enough to switch table cards so we sat by each other at the reception.

I loved it enough to nearly get thrown out of a restaurant with my step-son because I was the one laughing too hard and setting a bad example. Loved it enough to make cookies and send them, keep pictures of events they weren’t able to be present for and send to them. Loved it enough to go over budget sending gifts or a just because item.

From what I understand, this is rare.

So, I ask—are you a step parent? Do you enjoy the role?



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