The Love Cycle {Giveaway}

*Updated w/Winners* Congrats to random comments #33 Crayl and #104 Nicole at Team Pipkin!

I was feeling lazy. I needed my computer cord and didn’t want to go into the other room.

My hubby was catching up on expense reports for work.

Knowing full-well that I was choosing myself over him, I interrupted him and asked: “Honey, would you go get my computer cord?”

Oh, yes, I did.

He looked at me.

And made a choice.

He got up and returned a few seconds later, even plugging it in for me.

“Thanks,” I said sheepishly. “I should have done it myself since you were busy.”

“Do you know why I did it?”

I shook my head.

“Because earlier today you went out of your way to do something for me. I wanted to,” he said.

Do you know how much that little act meant to me? You can bet I did something nice for him at the very next opportunity!

Love is a cycle. But there are two paths:  giving and going the extra mile; or repaying one negative with another.

Marriage is a give and take. We can’t be the only one giving, or always taking. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve been known to scream, “GET IT YOURSELF!” and both felt yucky.

Today, I challenge you to go the extra mile in your marriage.

Union28 sent me the coziest hoodie to review the other day. I wore it to my son’s last YMCA flag football game.

I love wearing love on my sleeve.

Union 28 is giving away TWO $25 gift certificates-winner’s choice of awesome shirts!

P.S.

Sale!

There are some great shirts on clearance and if you use the coupon code on the ad in my sidebar, you can really get a deal! shirts

Please leave a comment telling how long you’ve been married as your entry.

This giveaway ends Thursday.


Comments

  1. 152

    Allison L. says

    My husband and I are just starting out. We were married only 53 days ago!!! It doesn’t seem like it has been that long but at the same time it feels like it has been longer (in a good way!!) He is amazing and I am looking forward to our future together.

  2. 153

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    I love those hoodies….I have chronic pain and my husband is a real keeper. He helps me so much…we have been married for 19 years…seems just like yesterday….I love him so

  3. 154

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    Couldn’t live my life to the fullest without the other side of me! We’ve been married 5 years, 4 months, and 22 days! We just recently celebrated our fifth anniversary by bringing our third child into the world on that very day! A very special day to celebrate LOVE in so many ways!!!
    LOVE, LOVE the sweatshirt! and I need a new one since my hubby threw all of mine out from last winter! ;)

  4. 155

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    I love these hoodies, I want one!!! My husband is not one for wearing shirts with logos, but he has seen their line of shirts that say My Wife Rocks and he actually said he would love to wear one! I am a part of your challenge daily and I have to say that as we began our life together, we naturally did things for each other without even thinking about it. Even now I am so blessed that I think about what a gift he is many times a week. We have been married 8 years now and each one has been a present to unwrap together! : )

  5. 156

    Erica says

    Oh my goodness, seriously not five minutes ago I was on the Union 28 website looking at… My husband rocks sweatshirts! I LOVE the idea of the website and wearing positive messages about our spouses for everyone to see. My husband and I have been married for seven years, and he both literally and figuratively rocks; he is the worship pastor of our church, and he’s an amazing man, husband, and father. <3

  6. 159

    Jeanine says

    43 years. (Same man.) Yes Give and take and always going the extra mile. I love your blog and your testimony of your faith.

  7. 160

    Donna Cox says

    How awsome! When there is so much “junk” in this world that our eyes see a “my husband rocks” is a WELCOMED SITE!

  8. 162

    juliea says

    17 awesome, wonderful ,wouldn’t trade him for anything, would definitely do it all over again years!!! Thank you so much!

  9. 168

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    We’ve been married 10 years. The first 4 were the hardest ever!! We were 27 when we married, set in our ways at such a “young” age! I love him more now than I did when we were first engaged!

  10. 178

    Kate G says

    We’ve been married a year and a half- but he was in Afghanistan for a year of it so it still feels like we’re complete newlyweds :)

  11. 179

    Stefani says

    We’ve been married for 9 years but together for 12. I really don’t know how I would live without him. We definitely compliment each other. I love the sweatshirt! My husband would love it if I had a sweatshirt that actually fits me. I stole his NC State sweatshirt a couple of years ago and it’s huge on me. He hates when I wear it. (so I don’t leave the house with it on)

  12. 187

    cheryl newsted says

    Isnt’ this post the t-r-u-t-h! I totally have those moments of selfishness but get irritated when he does! My husband’s amazing and we’ve been married a little over 16 years

  13. 196

    christel says

    My husband and I will have been married for 3 years at the end of this March. I can’t believe it’s been that long! On the other hand, I can’t believe it’s only been that long! :-)

  14. 206

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    Together 17.

    Married 15.

    It finally feels as though we’ll survive each other :D

    Don’t know if I could own such a hoodie, though — it would go straight to his head ;)

    *teasing… sort of*

  15. 211

    Heather says

    We have been married for five years, six months and three days. :) We try to celebrate half years too, otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue how many days. :)

  16. 217

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    10 years and have 3 kids (3 years old and under). My husband truly does rock! Your post reminds me of the book Love Languages which has been key in helping our relationship stay strong.

  17. 219

    Amber says

    My husband & I have been married 12 years. We have three really great kids! And even if our everyday life isn’t always like an excerpt from a Hallmark card, it is my kind of perfect!!!

  18. 222

    Mae Meyers says

    been married to my best friend, a man who is an awesome father, a kind heart to all around him….God has truly blessed me the past 14 1/2 years!!
    mae

  19. 225

    says

    I have a “My Husband Rocks” tee that I LOVE but it’s now two years old. I could use a new one! I’ve been married for 11 years and every year gets better and better!

  20. 233

    MichelleH says

    We’ve only been married for 15 years, but we’ve been together for 18 and friends for 20. I really like the cute hoodie. I love my man and love to share it. ;-D My husband rocks, too. Thank you for sharing your sweet post. I think the lasting marriages are the ones that focus on giving, not getting. Like your husband said, you went out of your way earlier and he *wanted* to do for you.

  21. 240

    jenleahlynn says

    15yrs…we got married right out of college, now 4 kids later, god has brought us through some really tough times. helping us to grow closer to him and to each other.

  22. 242

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE the shirt! Perfection.

    We are celebrating 10 years in January! We can’t even be old enough for that, right?

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. 244

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    12 years…we have been through a lot, an adoption, 4 babies born, 2 babies passed, infidelity, addictions, separation…but we are so grateful to our loving Savior that we are going to make it to 50 and beyond!!!

  24. 247

    says

    i just bought my own shirt & one for my husband <3 our 8Year anniversary is December 1. thank you for introducing us to this company and their ministry. i pray marriages around the world are greatly impacted!

  25. 256

    says

    We were high school sweethearts, together since we were 15/16. I was 19 when we got married, my husband was 18. When we got married, I felt like some people didn’t think we’d make it. We had a really rough patch a couple of years ago, but we got through it. It’s been 13 years so far, and we’re closer than ever!

  26. 260

    beth says

    I totally get what you are saying. We are coming off 2 years of perpetual niceness, following 4 years of the other, following 6.5 years of bliss. All in all, we’ve been married 12.5 years.

  27. 262

    Dawnette Thomas says

    I have been married to the love of my life for 18 years and 5 months. Some of my dear friends came home from a marriage seminar wearing t-shirts that read “I love my husband” and “I love my wife”. The couple was so cute and honeymoonish wearing those shirts – I loved it.

  28. 263

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    My husband and I have been married for 7 and 1/2 years. We love Union 28! My husband is a junior high math teacher in a public junior high school and we love to wear Union 28 products around his students. So many of his students have never seen what a healthy marriage looks like so the shirts are actually a great way to communicate to his students about the kind of marriages they deserve to have!

  29. 264

    says

    I just recently saw that shirt and have wanted it ever since! (Or the t-shirt version) My excellent husband and I have been married for 5 years. It seems like it’s been forever, in a good way! :)

  30. 267

    says

    just celebrated our 10th anniversary this past summer! (and i so need one of these shirts, because that whole world DOES need to know how awesome my husband is!!)

  31. 268

    Wendi says

    How sweet. I think (know) that my husband would really think that this was so awesome if I would wear a sweatshirt like this for him. How easy would that be to show him some love and appreciation. We will have been married 19 years on the day after Christmas. Yeah!!!

  32. 274

    Paula says

    I am blessed to have a very loving and giving husband and he really does rock!!! I would love a sweatshirt! I tell anyone I meer that he rocks but how cool would it be to have it in writing for everybody to see!!!

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