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The Secret to Lasting Love

Our Wedding Photo

Okay, so that got your attention.  Everyone wants to find a love that will last, right?  Well the truth is there really is no secret, just the reality that you have to work at it.

Bob and I have been married for 26 years now.  Not really such a big deal when you consider our ages.  We both had other relationships, including marriages that did not turn out the way we would have wished.  But apparently today 26 years is a long time for a relationship to last.

Like any marriage ours has had its ups and downs, good times and bad, joys and sorrows.  It has definitely been a learning experience and at times an endurance test.  The words of the marriage vows are easy to say if you have never experienced the worse, sickness and poorer side.  When those things happen, and they will, you learn what those promises you made really mean.

There are a few things we do that I think contribute to the health of our relationship.

  1.  We say “I love you.”  At least once every day.
  2.  We thank each other.  Bob still thanks me for driving him into town and cooking dinner.
  3.  We are a team and we are at our best when we are working together.
  4.  We hold hands.  Aww that’s so cute — I know.  We get that all the time.  We have always held hands, but now with Bob’s vision problems, it is an even greater reminder to us of our dedication to each other as I help him navigate the world — literally.
  5. We enjoy each others company and we talk to each other — a lot.  What do we talk about?  Everything.  Serious stuff, funny stuff, deep intellectual stuff, mundane daily life stuff, spiritual stuff, current events — you name it we talk about it.
  6.  When hard times come and they do we always end up saying “we’ll get through this” and we always do.
  7.  And finally our faith and conviction that we were brought together for a reason helps keep us together.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What are some of the ways you work at building a love that will last?


A Valentine’s Day Treat

Waffle Sundae Copyright 2015 by RA Robbins
Waffle Sundae
Copyright 2015 by RA Robbins

Genie’s Note:  A few of my readers may not know that before I was Espirational I was Gluten-Free and Loving It (on another blogging platform).  That blog is long closed, but I am still loving the gluten-free life.  So for Valentines Day I decided to do something I haven’t done for a while and share one of my gluten-free recipes, Hot Fudge Sundae on a Raft.  Enjoy!

First the Raft….

Chocolate Waffles (GF with DF and EF options)

2 cups gluten-free flour blend of your choice
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Special Dark)
1/4 cup agave nectar (or 1/2 cup sugar)
1/3 cup oil
3 Tablespoons flaxseed meal mixed with 9 Tablespoons hot water (or 3 eggs)
3/4 cup to 1 cup almond milk (or other milk or substitute)
fresh or frozen raspberries or strawberries for garnish

1. Combine flaxseed meal and water. Allow to sit until thick.
2. In a large bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa.
3. Add agave nectar, oil, flax seed meal and water mixture and 3/4 cup almond milk. Stir until ingredients are blended. Add the remaining 1/4 cup milk a little at a time if mixture is too thick.
4. Cook according to instructions with waffle iron.

Dark Chocolate Sauce

1/2 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Special Dark)
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat.
2. Reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes until sauce coats a spoon. Be sure to stir the sauce so it doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.
3. Allow sauce to cool and pour into a squeeze bottle. (I reuse my agave bottles.)

To Assemble the Sundae:
1. Drizzle chocolate sauce on the plate, extending beyond where the waffle will be.  This is just to make it look pretty.

2. Place waffle on top of sauce.
3. Top with a scoop of your favorite regular or non-dairy ice cream, Greek yogurt, whipped cream, whipped cream cheese, whatever strikes your fancy.
4. Garnish with fresh or frozen raspberries or sliced strawberries and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

This recipe has  been added to  the Sugar and Spice Link Party.  Please visit there for more Valentine’s Day recipes.


Valentine’s Flowers

African Violet 09
African Violet 09 (Photo credit: poweron)

Instead of a dozen long stem roses or other cut flowers consider giving your loved one a live plant this Valentine’s Day.

Take a minute to consider the symbolism with me.  When you give cut flowers they will wither and die within a few days.  Why?  Because they are cut off from their source.

A live plant will last much longer especially if it is nurtured, cared for and stays firmly rooted.  Isn’t this a better symbol of lasting and enduring love?