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FC: Douglas & Ashley August 5, 2010

2: JUST A LITTLE ADVICE FROM YOUR CRAZY FAMILY MEMBERS MAY IT BE A BLESSING TO YOU AS YOU GROW IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP TOGETHER | TWO BECOME ONE

3: RHEES

4: ASHLEY AND DOUGLAS MY ADVICE TO YOU IS TO BE FRIENDS. THINK OF YOUR PARTNERS NEEDS IN ADDITION TO YOUR OWN. AND MOST OF ALL KEEP WORKING ON YOUR MARRIAGE, AS EACH OF YOU WILL CHANGE OVER THE YEARS. TALK OVER YOUR PROBLEMS AND WORK ON SOLVING THEM. THE LAST THING IS TO BE GOOD FINANCIAL PLANNERS. LOVE, GRANDMA BERTA | MY ADVICE IS TO ALWAYS REMAIN EACH OTHERS "BEST FRIEND". SHOW YOUR TRUST AND RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER ESPECIALLY WHEN TIMES ARE BAD. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN BAD TIMES FINANCIALLY, REMEMBER THAT IF YOU CAN TRUST AND RESPECT EACH OTHER, AND REMAIN BEST FRIENDS, THEN YOUR LOVE AND RELATIONSHIP WILL SURVIVE THE TEST OF TIME. WISHING YOU BOTH THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. LOVE, GRANDPA T

5: ASHLEY AND DOUG MARRIAGE IS NOT EASY, IT TAKES ALOT OF WORK ON BOTH PARTS. YOU MUST BE WILLING TO GIVE MORE THAN YOU GET. SAY YOU ARE SORRY AND ABOVE ALL ELSE, COMMUNICATE. IF YOU DON'T COMMUNICATE, WHAT WAS A SMALL THING WILL BECOME A BIG ONE. EXPRESS YOURSELF. THE BEST THING OF ALL IS TO PRAY FOR GODS GUIDANCE LOVE YOU, NANA & PAPA URBAN

8: DOUG AND ASHLEY IF THERE ARE ANY WORDS OF WISDOM I CAN OFFER YOU AS A COUPLE, THEY WOULD BE "LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN" AND FORGIVE AND FORGET! MARY (MIMI) RHEES

9: DOUG AND ASHLEY THE ESSENCE OF THIS THOUGHT IS REALLY RELATIVE TO THE WHOLE RELATIONSHIP / MARRIAGE BECAUSE IT GOES SO DEEPLY INTO HOW YOU REALLY FEEL ABOUT EACH OTHER. SO, HERE IS MY ADVICE FOR A STRONG MARRIAGE: "ON YOUR SPOUSE'S BIRTHDAY, ALWAYS SEND A "THANK YOU" NOTE TO THE MOTHER OF YOUR SPOUSE!" I HOPE YOU GUYS HAVE A GREAT LIFE! YOU DO DESERVE IT! UNCLE ROB

10: "WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES" WHEN THE ANCIENT GREEK ARMIES WOULD LAND ON THE ENEMIES SHORE THE COMMANDERS FIRST ORDER WAS TO "BURN THE BOATS" THIS LET THE ARMIES SEE THAT THERE WOULD BE NO RETREAT. NO OTHER OPTION THAN TO SUCCEED. YOUR MARRIAGE WILL ENCOUNTER ISSUES AND PROBLEMS, AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, IF YOU BOTH UNDERSTAND AND TRUST THAT YOU HAVE THAT LEVEL OF COMMITMENT, YOU WILL FIND A WAY TO WORK THROUGH THOSE PROBLEMS. I WISH YOU BOTH HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS IN YOUR MARRIAGE, I LOVE YOU, UNCLE FRANK | DOUG AND ASHLEY, ONCE SOMEONE ASKED UNCLE FRANK AND I HOW WE STAYED MARRIED SO LONG AND I SAID IT WAS COMMUNICATION AND YOUR UNCLE FRANK SAID NO, IT'S COMMITMENT. I HAD TO ADMIT THAT HE WAS RIGHT. YOU SEE, YOU WILL HAVE DAYS THAT YOU DON'T COMMUNICATE WELL, YOU WILL HAVE TIMES WHEN YOU DON'T EVEN LIKE EACH OTHER VERY MUCH.BUT IF YOU ARE COMMITTED TO THE MARRIAGE, THE FAMILY AND THE RELATIONSHIP YOU WILL HAVE A LONG HEALTHY LIFE TOGETHER. MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU WITH A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND A LONG HEALTHY LIFETIME WITH ONE ANOTHER. LOVE YOU, AUNT ROBIN | Siino

11: DEAR ASH AND DOUGLAS MY ADVICE TO YOU IS TO NEVER LAY YOUR HEAD ON THE PILLOW AT NIGHT MAD AT EACH OTHER. COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY TO A HEALTHY MARRIAGE! LOVE YOU, AUNT LORI

12: OUR WISHES FOR THE NEW COUPLE ASHLEY, MAY YOU ALWAYS LOVE, CHALLENGE AND SUPPORT DOUGLAS TO PURSUE HIS DREAMS AND TO BECOME HIS BEST POSSIBLE SELF. DOUGLAS, MAY YOU DO THE SAME FOR ASHLEY. BEST WISHES TO YOU BOTH, Aunt Jan, Uncle Steve, Andrew, and Erik

13: BEST WISHES FOR A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER | LOVE, AUNT MICKEY & UNCLE BOB

14: LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH

15: THIS IS OUR ADVICE TO YOU. LOVE YOU SO MUCH | UNCLE ALAN & AUNT BONNIE

16: DEAR DOUGLAS AND ASHLEY YOU WILL NEVER BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU ARE RIGHT NOW...AND WE WILL NEVER BE HERE AGAIN. THINK ABOUT IT. LOVE FOR THE MOMENT AND ALL OF THOSE MOMENTS WILL TURN INTO A LIFETIME TOGETHER. LOVE, AUNT JACKIE

17: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! WE ARE SO HAPPY FOR THE BOTH OF YOU. OUR MARRIAGE ADVICE FOR YOU BOTH IS TO ALWAYS BE HONEST WITH ONE ANOTHER AND KEEP THE COMMUNICATION OPEN. BRETT AND I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 21 YEARS NOW AND HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO THIS. YOU ALSO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY THAT TAKES UP A LOT OF YOUR TIME. MAKE SURE YOU SPEND TIME WITH EACH OTHER. SOMETIMES THAT GETS LOST ONCE YOU HAVE CHILDREN. LOVE, AUNT LINDA & UNCLE BRETT

18: JOSH & ANDI | "NO MAN HAS EVER CRAWLED OUT FROM UNDER HIS WIFE'S CRITICISM TO BE A BETTER MAN - NO MATTER HOW JUSTIFIED HER CONDEMNATION."

19: DEAR DOUG AND ASHLEY WHEN ASKED TO OFFER SOME MARRIAGE ADVICE TO YOU GUYS, IT WAS HARD FOR JOSH AND I TO THINK OF SOMETHING "CREDIBLE". THE MORE WE THOUGHT ABOUT IT, THE MORE WE REALIZED THAT WE HAVE REALLY BEEN MARRIED JUST AS LONG AS YOU HAVE. SO, INSTEAD OF ADVICE, WE WANT TO OFFER SOME ENCOURAGEMENT TO YOU WITH SOME THINGS THAT WE ARE LEARNING ALSO. I REMEMBER LEADING UP TO THE WEDDING I HAD MANY PEOPLE TELL ME NOT TO GO TO BED ANGRY. THAT IF I WAS MAD ABOUT SOMETHING, I NEEDED TO TALK TO JOSH ABOUT IT BEFORE I WENT TO BED INSTEAD OF JUST FORGETTING ABOUT IT. I WOULD ALWAYS SAY, "YEAH, THAT'S GOOD ADVICE", BUT I AM LEARNING MORE AND MORE ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THIS ASPECT OF COMMUNICATION IS. THERE ARE TIMES THAT I WAKE UP ANGRY OR IRRITATED AND SOMETIMES CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHY. AFTER THNKING ABOUT IT, I CAME TO REALIZE THAT I WAS WAKING UP AS I WENT TO SLEEP AND THAT TRULY WAS NOT FAIR TO MY HUSBAND. SO, THE ENCOURAGEMENT IS TO TALK TO YOUR HUSBAND WHEN SOMETHING IS BOTHERING YOU...AND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I KNOW WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS, SO AGAIN, IT IS JUST SOME ENCOURAGEMENT TO KEEP DOING IT! I ALSO WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU A QUOTE FROM A BOOK THAT I AM READING CALLED, "CREATED TO BE HIS HELP MATE." IT IS BY DEBI PEARL AND IT IS A BOOK FOR WIVES. SHE TALKS ALOT ABOUT BEING THE WIVES THAT GOD HAS CALLED US TO BE TO OUR HUSBANDS (THE SUPPORT, THE ENCOURAGER, ETC). ALONG THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION, DEBI MAKES THIS STATEMENT IN HER BOOK, "NO MAN HAS EVER CRAWLED OUT FROM UNDER HIS WIFE'S CRITICISM TO BE A BETTER MAN - NO MATTER HOW JUSTIFIED HER CONDEMNATION." I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO LISTEN TO DOUG AND SHARE YOUR CONCERN WITH HIM ABOUT THINGS, BUT RESPECT HIM AS HE MAKES DECISIONS FOR YOUR FAMILY. DOUG IS THE LEADER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD AND SOMETIMES THAT IS HARD TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU THINK HE MIGHT NOT BE MAKING THE BEST DECISIONS. BUT I ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUPPORT AND LOVE ON HIM INSTEAD OF CRITICIZING HIM. DOUG CARES ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SWEET BABY AND HE DOES WANT TO TRY TO MAKE THE BEST DECSIONS FOR YOU. SUPPORT HIM AS HE DOES THAT! WE LOVE YOU AND ARE ALWAYS PRAYING FOR YOU! GLAD WE COULD CELEBRATE WITH YOU! LOVE ALWAYS, JOSH AND ANDI

20: DOUGLAS AND ASHLEY WHAT I HAVE TO SAY IS VERY SIMPLE...... | BE KIND ! BE KIND ! BE KIND ! | LOVE, LISA

21: DEAR DOUGLAS AND ASHLEY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR MARRIAGE. I AM SO VERY HAPPY FOR YOU BOTH. CONTINUE TO GROW AND TALK TO EACH OTHER. YOU MAKE A GREAT TEAM AND TOGETHER YOU CAN CONQUER ANYTHING. LIFE IS LONG AND THERE WILL BE MANY TWISTS AND TURNS. I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE MANY MORE HAPPY TIMES THAN HARD. TURN TO EACH OTHER, BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER DURING BOTH HAPPY AND HARD TIMES. EVEN IF IT IS THE OTHER THAT IS MAKING THINGS DIFFICULT. TALK IT OUT. I WISH YOU BOTH A VERY LONG AND HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER. YOU HAVE MADE A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. | I LOVE YOU BOTH, LORI

22: "SUCCESS IN MARRIAGE DOES NOT COME MERELY THROUGH FINDING THE RIGHT MATE, BUT THROUGH BEING THE RIGHT MATE." -BARNETT R. BRICKNER

23: MR. & MRS. RHEES CONGRATULATIONS! THE THREE OF YOU MAKE A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND IT WILL BE EXCITING TO SEE YOU GROW AND EXPERIENCE THE FUN OF BEING TOGETHER. MY BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE IS MAKE PLANS TOGETHER. THE TIMES THAT I FEEL CLOSEST TO CHRIS ARE WHEN WE WORK THROUGH BIG CHANGES, DECISIONS AND PROBLEMS AS A COUPLE. I REALLY BELIEVE IT STRENGTHENS A MARRIAGE AND YOU AS A PERSON. YOU HAVE PROBABLY HEARD THE TERMS "CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES WISELY" AND DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF." BOTH ARE GOOD ADVICE...SOMETIMES IT'S BETTER TO JUST LET THINGS GO THAT REALLY ARE NOT THAT IMPORTANT. MOST OF OUR DAILY LIVES ARE FILLED WITH SMALL STUFF. IT'S THE BIG STUFF THAT YOU WORK THROUGH TOGETHER. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT MARRIAGE IS WORK. JUST LIKE YOU ARE CONSTANTLY A "WORK IN PROGRESS" SO IS YOUR MARRIAGE. THE YEARS WILL FLY BY AND MY WISH FOR YOU BOTH, IS THAT ONE DAY YOU LOOK BACK AND FEEL A SENSE OF PRIDE IN YOUR MARRIAGE AND THE LIFE YOU HAVE MADE FOR YOURSELF, YOUR SPOUSE AND YOUR CHILDREN. YOU PROBABLY FEEL CLOSE NOW, BUT WAIT TILL YOU PUT SOME YEARS AND EXPERIENCES BEHIND YOU. WITH EVERY PASSING YEAR YOU WILL FEEL CLOSER THAN YOU EVERY IMAGINED. MARRIAGE IS A GIFT! WISHING YOU A LIFETIME OF HAPPINESS TOGETHER LOVE, THE ADKINS FAMILY

25: FIRST OFF, I'M NOT MARRIED SO I AM IN NO POSITION TO GIVE ADVICE ON HOW IT WORKS, WHY IT WORKS, OR WHAT TO DO IF IT'S NOT WORKING. BUT I HAVE HAD RELATIONSHIPS. I'M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT GUY / GIRL / DATING TYPE RELATIONSHIPS, BUT ALL KINDS. I'VE BEEN A SISTER, A DAUGHTER, A CO-WORKER, A TEACHER, A FRIEND AND A GIRLFRIEND. NOW LET'S BE REAL, I HAVEN'T ALWAYS DONE OR SAID THE RIGHT THINGS IN THESE RELATIONSHIPS, BUT I HAVE LEARNED A LITTLE SOMTHING, AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH THE TWO OF YOU. I WISH I COULD TAKE CREDIT FOR THIS, BUT I SAW IT IN A MOVIE THAT WAS OTHERWISE COMPLETE GARBAGE, BUT THIS PART ALWAYS STUCK WITH ME. | "STOP TALKING ABOUT LOVE. EVERY IDIOT IN THE WORLD SAYS HE LOVES SOMEBODY. IT MEANS NOTHING. IT'S WHAT YOU DO TO THE PEOPLE YOU SAY YOU LOVE. THAT'S WHAT MATTERS. IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS." I GUESS WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY IS, ALWAYS LET YOUR ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN YOUR WORDS AND NEVER ASSUME THAT YOUR WORDS ARE ENOUGH. MAKE SURE THAT BY YOUR CHOICES THE WHOLE WORLD WILL SEE YOUR LOVE AND YOUR PARTNER WILL NEVER HAVE CAUSE TO DOUBT IT. DO THAT AND YOU WILL BE JUST FINE. YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND I CAN'T WAIT TO WATCH IT, AND THE TWO OF YOU GROW CLOSER AND STRONGER AS TIME GOES ON. LOVE YOU BOTH, AMBER | ASH & DOUG

26: RICK & ANNA

27: I WAS ASKED TO SHARE SOME THOUGHTS ON MARRIAGE WITH YOU TWO, SO HERE I GO. FIRST OFF CONGRATULATIONS, NOT JUST FOR THE MARRIAGE BUT FOR COMING THIS FAR. YOU HAVE MADE YOUR FAMILIES VERY PROUD. MARRIAGE IS A LOT OF WORK, YOU'VE HEARD IT, I'VE HEARD IT, WE'VE ALL HEARD IT. THAT'S BECAUSE ITS TRUE! MY FIRST ADVICE IS, PICK YOUR BATTLES. YOU WILL GET INTO FIGHTS, IT'S INEVITABLE, JUST MAKE SURE THAT IT ISN'T OFTEN AND IT'S WORTH FIGHTING ABOUT, AND TRY NOT TO DO IT IN FRONT OF THE LITTLE ONE. ANNA AND I ARGUE ALOT BUT MOST OF THE TIME IT'S JUST FRIENDLY. THE ONLY THING WE EVER REALLY FIGHT ABOUT IS MONEY, AND THAT'S A REALLY STUPID THING TO FIGHT ABOUT, BUT IT CAN GET COMPLICATED. MY ADVICE WOULD BE TO GET YOUR MONEY SITUATION ALL FIGURED OUT, HOWEVER YOU HAVE TO DO IT, JUST GET YOUR MONEY IN THE RIGHT HANDS AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE BOTH ON THE SAME PAGE WITH IT. I THINK THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE THE SAME FIGHT NOW WITH MONEY THAT WE HAD 6 YEARS AGO, SO GET THAT FIGURED OUT AND YOU'LL SAVE A LOT OF ...STUFF. I WILL SAY THOUGH THAT SOME FIGHTS OR ARGUEMENTS ARE OR CAN BE HEALTHY, DON'T FORGET THAT EITHER. BETTER TO GET STUFF OUT IN THE OPEN THEN HOLD IT IN EVEN IF IT CAUSES A TIFF. IT'S A LOT OF WORK. IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A LOT OF WORK. ENJOY EACH OTHER, HAVE FUN, BE FORGIVING, BE GRATEFUL, BE HONEST, AND BE CAREFUL. IF YOU EVER NEED ANYTHING PLEASE CALL.

29: DEAR ASHLEY AND DOUGLAS IF YOU ASK A PERSON FOR THE DEFINITION OF A WORD, 99 TIMES OUT OF 100 IT WILL COME FROM WEBSTER'S, OR FUNK AND WAGNALLS, OR WIKIPEDIA. FOR THE BEST DEFINITION OF THE WORD LOVE, GO TO THE BIBLE. I CORINTHIANS 13:4 SAYS, "LOVE IS PATIENT, LOVE IS KIND. IT DOES NOT ENVY, IT DOES NOT BOAST, IT IS NOT PROUD." TAKE THIS TO HEART, BECAUSE IT'S SOME OF THE BEST ADVICE AVAILABLE TO MEN AND WOMEN. UNFORTUNATELY LIKE MOST ADVICE, IT'S ALWAYS EASIER SAID THAN DONE. WE HAVE WATCHED BOTH OF YOU FROM 2,000 MILES AWAY FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. FROM THAT KIND OF DISTANCE, YOUR IMAGINATION WORKS ALOT OF OVERTIME. WE HAVE HAD EMAILS, TELEPHONE CALLS, TEXTS, PICTURES, BUT ONLY A FEW PRECIOUS MOMENTS WITH YOU TWO. THERE WERE COUNTLESS TIMES WE WANTED TO CALL AND REMIND YOU BOTH OF THIS OR THAT, BUT SOMETIMES THE DISTANCE JUST GOT IN THE WAY. WE ARE PROUD OF BOTH OF YOU. YOU HAVE STRUGGLED AND WORKED VERY HARD TO GET TO THIS POINT IN YOUR JOURNEY TOGETHER. YOUR LOVE FOR AND DEVOTION TO DEX IS EASY TO SEE AND WILL ONLY DEEPEN YOUR LOVE AND DEVOTION FOR EACH OTHER. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE WE CAN GIVE YOU IS TO KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR AND DON'T FORGET THAT WE LOVE YOU. LOVE, YOUR EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI MOM AND DAD

30: MY ADVICE TO YOU GUYS IS TO ALWAYS FIND WAYS TO HAVE FUN. LIFE IS SO SERIOUS AND BUSY. ANOTHER THING I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO IS TO ALWAYS MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER. YOUR CHILDREN WILL KEEP YOU VERY BUSY AND IF YOU FILL ALL YOUR TIME UP WITH THEM, WHEN THEY LEAVE, WHAT WILL YOU HAVE OF EACH OTHER. NURTURE YOUR RELATIONSHIP. IT WILL ONLY GROW IF YOU WATER IT. LOVE YOU BOTH MORE THAN YOU COULD KNOW, MOM

31: IF I HAD TO NAIL DOWN THE THREE BIGGEST PIECES OF WEDDING ADVICE TO GIVE YOU IT WOULD BE FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THAT MARRIAGE IS BASED ON A COMMITMENT, NOT FEELINGS. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN FEELINGS WON'T BE THERE, BUT IF A COMMITMENT IS, THEN YOU WILL SUSTAIN THE ROCKY TIMES SECOND YOU MUST BE WILLING TO CONSIDER THAT YOUR WAY OR THOUGHTS MIGHT NOT BE THE ONLY RIGHT WAY. CONSIDER EACH OTHERS POINTS OF VIEW THIRD KEEP THE PAST THE PAST. DON'T BRING PERCEPTIONS OR CONVERSATIONS FROM ARGUMENTS PAST INTO CURRENT CONVERSATIONS. OFTEN TIMES, OLD BAGGAGE GETS IN THE WAY OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION. I LOVE YOU, DAD "IN EVERY MARRIAGE MORE THAN A WEEK OLD, THERE ARE GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE. THE TRICK IS TO FIND, AND CONTINUE TO FIND, GROUNDS FOR MARRIAGE." -ROBERT ANDERSON-

32: DOUGLAS & ASHLEY | WE WISH YOU MUCH HAPPINESS AS YOU START YOUR NEW LIVES TOGETHER LOVE, DAD & MICHELLE | LEARN FROM YESTERDAY LIVE FOR TODAY HOPE FOR TOMORROW

33: FROM ALL OF US TO YOU, WE LOVE YOU AND WISH YOU MANY HAPPY YEARS TOGETHER.

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