family memoriesBy Paula Friedrichsen

Last week I sat on the floor of my den and looked at family pictures for over three hours. I didn’t intend to spend all afternoon looking at pictures. I had simply decided to dust off the photo albums and move on to my next project. But one thing led to another, and I found myself carried along on the photographic journey of Jeff and Paula Friedrichsen.

A bride dressed in white and a handsome groom, saying their vows before God and man…

Daddy mowing the lawn while his son follows behind with a little plastic mower, “helping” his father…

A very pregnant wife standing in front of the Christmas tree, her husband’s strong arm around her, and a little boy sandwiched between them…

Father and daughter walking along the beach holding hands, a Hawaiian sunset blazing behind them…

The pictures went on and on, telling our story. There were birthday parties and large family gatherings. Twenty-pound Thanksgiving turkeys and crisp winter days of sledding. Just a normal little life. But what a treasure there is in sharing a normal little life together.

If you are struggling with boredom in your marriage and a crushing sense of “average,” it can be easy to discount the treasure of a shared life. But I encourage you to get out those old photo albums and take a trip down memory lane — relishing, embracing, and celebrating a marriage full of memories.Paula Friedrichsen

Guest blogger Paula Friedrichsen is a conference speaker and the author of “The Man You Always Wanted is The One You Already Have” (Multnomah 2007). She lives in Northern California with her husband and teenaged daughter.

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Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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