This week, my hubby and I are celebrating 10 years of wedded bliss! I honestly have a hard time wrapping my head around that number…10 YEARS! It has seriously flown by. I barely remember my life without Chris in it. I mean, obviously I remember my time back in high school and so on, but so much has happened with Chris by my side that it’s hard to really picture doing life without him. This September will mark our 14 year dating anniversary and I can still remember how we started dating and all those butterfly-in-your-tummy moments that we shared early on in our relationship. We have made some incredible memories, explored countless places and set up a wonderful life together. 

I dug up some old pictures today as I was reminiscing, to which my three year old looked through and joyfully exclaimed “Hey! You have the same face mommy!” Well, a few hair styles and some added baby weight later, at least he still recognizes his momma! Note: these pictures of Chris and I were all taken with a FILM camera. Yes, that goes to show you how long we’ve been dating. We have seen the world turn over to digital photography during our relationship! So please excuse the really bad pictures, but these are as good as they get from our early years together!

Dating Collage

10 years is a big deal, especially in today’s society where everything is so easily disposable. 10 years has not come without its fair share of up’s and down’s. Where love was a choice and not simply a feeling. Where there were harsh words exchanged that later needed to be forgiven. Where there were disagreements that took quite a bit of time to end peacefully. But we worked through it: we did it. We have fought, we have screamed, we have cried, but we have chosen love, forgiveness and grace. I will talk more about this in tomorrow’s post (yes, that’s right. I am posting TOMORROW again because I want to share with you my top 10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Marriage. Stay tuned). 

But for now, I wanted to share with my one of my blogging friend’s posts that she did awhile back on her blog A Thing Called Love Blog. Her name is Celeste and we have become friends through an online blogging community of a dozen other like-minded blog boss ladies who are there to encourage each other, grow together and support one another. She writes a blog all about love and marriage and so in the spirit of celebrating our anniversary this week, I wanted to share Celeste’s 42 Love Letter Prompts. 

Celeste

Celeste and her hubby have spent extended periods apart due to work. And so they have come up with this fabulous idea to write love letters to each other, to help keep their marriage going during those times apart. To really connect with one another, even though miles may separate them. After searching Google, she found she came up with a lack-lustre list of prompts and therefore, decided to create her own. This list is FABULOUS! It honestly gave me some great ideas of things to chat about or write to my own hubby, who I get to see everyday. Especially with our upcoming anniversary, what a perfect time to reflect on many of these things!
42 Love Letter Prompts

42 Love Letter Prompts

1. Type out your earliest memories of each other.

2. Go back and re-send some of your earliest emails and texts or transcribe early notes and letters.

3. Word association. Open a book- the nearest one to you will work. Flip it open at random, close your eyes and point to a word on the page. Write down the word and a random memory or thought you have with or about your spouse associated with that word.**** Pick another one if it’s a lame word like “and, but, the, it, in, etc”

4. If you had to make a marital bucket list what would be on it?

5. Provide a detailed description of how your spouse has made you a better person.

6. Write about a song that reminds you of your spouse when you hear it. Type out the lyrics.

7. Write about all the things you miss about having your spouse with you. Or if you’re together- what you have missed the most when you have been apart.

8. Describe various dream dates – a dream romantic date, fun date, expensive date, etc.

9. Write out your love story- blog post style.

10. Describe one weird, quirky thing about your spouse. Ex. You know that part in Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks is describing his dead wife to the radio host and he laughs and describes the way she used to peel an orange in all one piece? If you were describing your spouse to a radio host (they can be alive in this scenario) like that, what would be that weird, quirky thing about them you’d describe?

11. Write out a quote from a book that reminds you of your spouse.

12. Explain why you love your spouse now and why you loved them at the beginning of your relationship. Any differences? Similarities?

13. Describe little moments in the day when you missed them/thought of them/were grateful for them that day.

14. Play two truths and a lie.

15. List a few times in your life you wish you would have had your spouse with you.

16. Describe what you’ll be doing (ideally) in two years, five years, ten years, twenty years.

17. Talk about your favorite scripture or inspirational quote that makes you think of your spouse.

18. Pitch a movie about your love story complete with tag line and description. 

19. Write an acrostic poem for your names.

20. You have a time machine. Which points in your spouse’s life would you go back and visit- just as an observer?

21. Talk about a favorite trip you took together.

22. Write about times or things in your relationship/marriage that were disappointing or awful and then how you got over them or learned from them.

23. Plan out real future date nights.

24. Reminisce about the first time you said, “I love you.”

25. Write about how your spouse has changed you since you’ve met them. Be specific.

26. Talk about traits you think you’ve inherited from your parents and what traits your spouse has inherited from theirs. Their answers may surprise you.

27. Write poems to each other.

28. Record all first impressions of each other you can remember.

29. Top 10 lists Ex. Top 10 favorite memories together, Top 10 moments I loved you most, Top 10 events I’m looking forward to spending with you this year.

30. Post and talk about your favorite pictures of each other.

31. Google newlywed questions and answer them for both you and your spouse. Have your spouse do the same. Compare answers.

32. Write out your favorite things about your kids. Or, if you don’t have kids, what characteristics of your spouse you’d hope your hypothetical children would have.

33. Write about the funniest memory you have together. Or that might be too hard to pick just one, so write about some times when you deep-belly laughed together.

34. Tell your spouse something you honestly don’t think they know about you.

35. Since you’ve been married, has your spouse challenged any preconceptions you had about life?

36. If you had to commit a crime together, what would it be? Aliases encouraged.

37. What about your spouse do you feel you know the least about? What about yourself do you think your spouse knows the least about?

38. If you could go back and give yourself advice about marriage when you were dating, what would you say? What have you learned?

39. Transform your story into a Disney-esque fairy tale. Start with once upon a time . . .

40. What are the physical aspects of your spouse you find most attractive?

41. What do you think their greatest strengths and talents are?

42. Share a childhood memory you’ve never shared with them before.

Isn’t that just a fabulous list?! This is one of those pin-now and/or print now and keep somewhere where you will remember them kinda list! Thank you so much Celeste for sharing these with my readers. I know, I for one, have been inspired to be more creative in how I express my love, to my love. Whether or not your spouses love language is written words/words of affirmation, I think every relationship can benefit to writing and/or expressing their love in creative ways like this!

Love & Blessings,

CMartin-Sign

 

 

 

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39 Comments on 42 Love Letter Prompts {Guest Blogger}

  1. Dayne
    June 24, 2015 at 8:59 am (2 years ago)

    I absolutely love this! And I think you don’t even have to be celebrating an anniversary to choose one of these romantic gestures to do! Congrats on the 14 years!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:21 pm (2 years ago)

      You are absolutely right! And thank you! xox

      Reply
  2. Nina
    June 24, 2015 at 9:00 am (2 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary! My boyfriend and I write letters to each other a lot – but sometimes I run out of things to write about, so I love these prompts!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:48 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s awesome! Enjoy girl! xox

      Reply
  3. Elisabeth
    June 24, 2015 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

    love this list – thanks for sharing! we actually got a little love book for valentines one year – just a red notebook and he starts writing notes to me at one end and I write to him starting from the other. In a few years we’ll meet in the middle!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:48 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh that’s super sweet Elisabeth! Thanks for sharing! xox

      Reply
  4. Cole
    June 24, 2015 at 11:20 am (2 years ago)

    So many cute ideas for writing love letters! I love expressing myself through written word and since my husband started working out of town this list will be fun to go through!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:47 pm (2 years ago)

      Absolutely! Enjoy! xox

      Reply
  5. Crystal
    June 24, 2015 at 11:55 am (2 years ago)

    Happy 10 years! How exciting. This year marks our 19th year of dating and 9th year of marriage. I am always looking for little ideas to let Nate know how much I love him and this is perfect. Starting this now. How fun this will be. Thank you for sharing these ideas. PS – I recently wrote out our love story on the blog and it was some of my favorite posts, ever. Reminiscing on those younger days…Loved it!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:46 pm (2 years ago)

      Wow! 10 years of dating! Good for you! And yes, it was super fun reminiscing! Thanks for stopping by Crystal! xox

      Reply
  6. Cynthia
    June 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m going to pin this too!
    Cynthia @craftoflaughter.com

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  7. Cat @ Pocketful of Posies
    June 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Christine –

    What a beautiful post! And congratulations on your 10 anniversary! What an accomplishment! I love all of the ideas for love letters! They are very inspiring. I would never know where to start one but with each of these Ideas I can see them forming in my head.

    Thank you for sharing such a personal day!

    Cat

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Absolutely! Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! xox

      Reply
  8. Emily
    June 24, 2015 at 2:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! My husband and I just hit 12 two days ago! The time really does fly by! I love this list! It’s a great way to connect or reconnect and really dive into your relationship! I know sometimes that gets put on the back burner to work and kids. Thanks for reminding people that it is important!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 11:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Happy anniversary to you both as well! Enjoy! xox

      Reply
  9. Jacynta
    June 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy anniversary! 10 years IS a big deal! those pictures of you two are just so precious and sweet!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 11:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks love! xox

      Reply
  10. Pam
    June 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this! Our 10 year is also this year and these are some fabulous ideas!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 11:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Right?! I really am going to do some of these! So great! xox

      Reply
  11. Lindsay
    June 24, 2015 at 5:35 pm (2 years ago)

    So many great ideas to keep the romance alive or revive it! Happy anniversary! Mine is Sunday (7 years) and I think I’ll use some of these prompts when writing a card.

    Xo

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 11:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Happy Anniversary to you as well girl! xox

      Reply
  12. Gunjan
    June 24, 2015 at 7:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Interesting article!

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  13. Brooke Knipp
    June 24, 2015 at 7:19 pm (2 years ago)

    What an awesome list Celeste! And I love the old photos of you two, too, Christine!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha! Thanks! xox

      Reply
  14. Crystal Green
    June 24, 2015 at 7:48 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a great list of prompts to write.They will certainly help with making someone feel appreciated and loved.

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by Crystal! xox

      Reply
  15. Shauna
    June 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Congratulations on the anniversary!! And thanks for all the great prompts, gonna check out her blog! 🙂

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Shauna! And my pleasure! She’s a gem! xox

      Reply
  16. Ashleigh
    June 24, 2015 at 11:31 pm (2 years ago)

    This is beautiful! Happy Anniversary!! I love how you said you loved when love was a choice not simply a feeling…we’ve all been there. My next anniversary will be my tenth with my hubby and I still can’t believe it!! Thank you for the love letter prompts!!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 11:28 pm (2 years ago)

      So true! Enjoy! xox

      Reply
  17. Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    June 25, 2015 at 12:12 am (2 years ago)

    congratulations on 10 years! I feel the same way although I obviously have memories from before I met my husband, it’s still hard to remember my life without him. 🙂 And I love al all these prompts! I pinned for the future.

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 11:28 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Thanks Justine! xox

      Reply
  18. Johlene@FlavoursandFrosting
    June 25, 2015 at 6:18 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary!! Love this list!! The relationship between husband and wife is so important for the strength of the whole family!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Couldn’t agree more Johlene! xox

      Reply
  19. Samara
    June 25, 2015 at 8:58 am (2 years ago)

    I love this post! The list is so great ! 🙂 Some could be SUPER funny too!!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Right?! So fun! xox

      Reply
  20. Sydney @Tastefully Frugal
    June 25, 2015 at 11:48 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations on 14 years of being together and 10 years of marriage…that is amazing!! I love these prompts for love letters I definitely need to write a few for my hubby even if I don’t give them to him right away. Pinning!

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    • Christine
      June 30, 2015 at 10:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Thanks Sydney! xox

      Reply

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