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  1. seankfletcher says

    Fabulous post and what is planned ahead for the series. We have been married for 33 years and have three children. Yes, you do need to work on your marriage every day and also be prepared to have those conversations that are always hard to have. Supporting one another as one is key as much as being your own person. Celebrate the small wins and take the time to show your children what it means to be a compassionate human being.

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for reading and sharing! I’m very excited to dive into this series, specifically for that reason. Marriage isn’t something that happens, it’s like an orchid that needs enough water, just the right amount of sunlight and fertiliser.

  2. Lady B says

    Thanks so much for choosing me to so this series with. I’m so excited and cannot wait to write more and read your topics as well. I hope in putting this out, we are able to help others through their marriage journey too! Looking forward to the next several weeks!!! 🤗🤗🤗

  3. Markus + Micah says

    Beautiful advice. It is always nice to read different experiences and perspectives about marriage. I am sure it was not easy for Toni, in this case coming into it with children, but good job on making it work. Lovely interview, Shelly.

    • Shelly DS says

      Thank you!!! We are so excited to dive into this series, Toni has so much experience to share especially having become a wife and mom at such a young age. Hope you stick around for the 7 parts! 💖

  4. Holly says

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this interview! 😊 It would have been hard to come into the marriage with kids. As Toni pointed out – it left little time to bond and grow as husband and wife. Yet, this is a reality so many face. God bless you for sharing your story! I too share the Christian commitment in my own personal life, and that of my marriage. It’s genuinely refreshing to hear others share their experiences of living a faith-full life.

    I’m excited for this marriage series, and I believe the two of you ladies will be helping a LOT of people. It saddens me when I see so much focus on the wedding DAY. A ceremony is but for a moment. A marriage is supposed to be for a lifetime. Planning for the lifetime should far exceed the planning of one day. Marriage is work, but as we learn, we grow, both as a couple and as individuals. I pray more people become aware of the commitment involved before they jump in with both feet.

    Thank you ladies for sharing your stories and your hearts. Keep up the amazing work you do to encourage & inspire. You’re making a difference! 💕

  5. Jane Tawel says

    Love this interview and the idea for your episodic posts together. I have been married for 32 years and have four grown kids. There have been so many times I must admit I could have killed the man I married and hidden his body in the back yard. I am a very imperfect person, imperfect Christian, and imperfect wife and recognizing that has helped humble me and I hope has and will make me better at all three of those identities. The one thing I realized rather late in the marriage game that has helped me so much is that according to my belief system and worldview, I not only made a covenant with my husband when we married, but I made a covenant with my God. I have learned that sometimes for me, the only thing keeping me working at the marriage covenant is my desire to work at my God covenant. While I grieve for the many women and some men who really can not keep this covenant because of domestic abuse, I have been blessed to be able to grow from my understanding about the particular commitment and bonds of marriage. I look forward to more of your posts and hope you and your loved ones are able to enjoy good, strong, long hugs today — Jane

    • Shelly DS says

      Whoa Jane 32 years? I had no idea! Congratulations on not killing the man you married 😉 we know how tough that one can be. On a more serious note, I’m so glad you touched on the covenant with God because that’s something extremely crucial in Christian marriages… thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, for being so supportive and for being awesome 💖

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks so much hun!!! So glad you’re enjoying it before it even begins. Talk about pressure 😅 and for the award, you are a star. Thanks so much 💖

  6. PoojaG says

    Wow this was really interesting. I look forward to her next post. I’m not looking to get married any time soon but I’m a bit nosy so I think it will be an interesting read.

    • Shelly DS says

      Hahahaha yes please be nosy 😊 even though it’s a marriage series there will be a lot of self awareness involved here. You can’t get married without fixing yourself first!

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