Rekindling Romance a Moment at a Time

“Do you like amaretto?” he asks. 
Grocery bags flank his feet. “I wanted to get you something
different. Plain coffee seemed boring and not like a gift.” He hands me a bag of whole coffee beans, knowing I like to
grind them fresh for each brew.

We are learning new ways to speak love, my man and I.
“I can chop your ginger too,” I offer. Our eyes brim slightly
from sliced yellow onions, and the fragrance of fresh garlic fills the kitchen
deliciously. He cooks behind me, prepping ingredients for the Mediterranean
couscous that makes us salivate already.
We are learning new ways to speak love, my man and I.

Entwined on the battered sectional, against a chocolate
wall, we read together. I aloud, him following over my shoulder too, as we
follow The Life of Pi and laugh at
stories of Richard Parker and flashing rainbow dorado fish.

 Twenty years of knowing each other is never enough, and
romance blooms further with intentionality. We pause more, linger longer, kiss
more, text often, thankful for our years together.

We are learning new ways to speak love, my man and I. 

I love hearing from you. Tell me about the one you love. What are ways you two are intentional about romance?

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  1. Brandee Shafer on December 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you, Jennifer, for inspiring me. We have 4 children, 3 of whom are 3 and under. Romance is a challenge.

  2. Brian Miller on December 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    truth..romance does bloom with intentionality….and its ever a learning that continues throughout the years…its a shame so many once they are married forget the things we did to woo our loves in the first place…

  3. Mommy Emily on December 17, 2012 at 4:32 am

    well, this brought tears to my eyes. thank you for this beautiful display of romance. i agree with brandee. romance is a challenge, with such young kids. but it's not impossible.

  4. AmyAlves on December 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    20 years of knowing each other, WOW! Appreciating life on a daily basis brings along with it love… thank you from Maine this morning sweet Jennifer! ~ Blessings, Amy

  5. Jennifer Dougan on December 19, 2012 at 1:14 am


    Oh, those under three years are especially tricky some days. May you and your man have great times of snuggling and laughter in the hours they sleep.

    Smiling, remembering, praying for strong passionate marriages for us,

  6. Jennifer Dougan on December 19, 2012 at 1:17 am


    That wooing and intentionality is so easy to forget to do sometimes, to our discredit and detriment. I am thankful for my man and for intentionality. Blessings to you and your family too!

    Thanks for stopping by,

  7. Jennifer Dougan on December 19, 2012 at 1:21 am


    Yes, a challenge, but oh so worth it! Enjoy your man, and thanks for stopping by.


  8. Jennifer Dougan on December 19, 2012 at 1:34 am


    Thanks for stopping in, friend. 🙂


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