Monday, November 10, 2014

Life of a Wife: Laura le Roux

This past week has been an interesting one. One that has a rather ranty and shouty post coming soon. I cannot be the only one feeling the onset of Silly Season, can I? Please tell me that everyone else is feeling it too?

Anyway, today's Life of a Wife post is Laura Le Roux! She approached me last week to be a part of this series and I couldn't be more excited! I'm so glad that more ladies are wanting to be part of it and to share their stories! Laura is also a freelance writer and has FOUR adorable kids!! You can find her at her amazing blog Harassed Mom, on Twitter, on Instagram and on Facebook :)

Here's Laura's Life of a Wife story :)

1) Tell us a bit about yourself; who are you, how old are you, who are you married to and for how long, do you have kids and what do you and hubby do for a living?

My name is Laura, I am a 36 years old mom to four; Cameron, 12, Kiara, 10, Jack, 3 and Emma is 9 months.
David and I have been married for a year and half but we have been together for over 5 years, we have the younger two children together.
I am a freelance writer, blogger and mom and David works in Aviation Insurance.

2) Did you live together before getting married, and how do you think living together/not living together affected your life and marriage today?

Yes we did. There was actually a period of a couple of months before we moved in to our home that we were living with my parents – it was fun times. I think living together can actually be beneficial to a relationship. Having someone in your space is a little different to having someone share half of your space all day every day..

3) What was the hardest thing about being married in the beginning? 

Nothing. Life didn't really change to be honest. But I think living together was a challenge, not really hard but challenging. I had been a single mom for almost 5 years and obviously David had to adjust to not only a partner but two kids. It took some adjusting but we managed to deal with it pretty easily.

4) What's something that's completely surprised you about marriage? 

That after being so independent for so long I was very happy to be part of a union.

5) If you have/will have kids, how do you think this changed/will change the dynamic of your marriage? 

I had two kids when I met David, so there have always been kids. Then we had two of our own children so now we have four kids. It’s pretty chaotic. We sometimes wonder what it would have been like to just be the two of us and in a lot of ways we can’t wait until it is.

6) How do you and hubby keep the spark alive? 

We make a point of organizing date days/nights. Sometimes life happens and it takes a while to get that time but we always make an effort to make it happen. We talk – a lot, even when we don’t want to, we let each other know what’s bugging us, what’s making us happy etc.

7) What, in your opinion, are the three key essentials for a great marriage? 

Communication, compromise and kindness

8) What's the best piece of advice you got for marriage? 

Communicate, communicate, communicate! Even if you are angry – communicate! Always!

9) What is your personal advice for newly married couples or couples who are about to get married? 

Be kind to one another. 

How cute is Laura's family?! :) Thank you so much, Laura, for being a part of this series - I really enjoyed reading your answers and advice! What's really standing out for me, throughout these posts is that communication is so important! And it might be a bit of an obvious one, but when you're in the midst of a heated argument debate, it's so easy to shut down and throw a little bit of a tantrum. Or at least, for me it is. Marriage really forces you to be a grown up and sit down and talk about it, even when it's the very LAST thing you feel like doing. I started this series, partially for myself since I realised that marriage is harder than it looks, but also for people who might stumble across my blog and be realising the same thing. But the more posts I do, the more I'm gently reminded every time to communicate, to be kind, to listen, to manage my expectations, and it's really refreshing. 

So, if you would like to be a part of this series and share your story of marriage, please let me know by emailing me at :)

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