His & Her Books

His & Her Books

Danny and I are kind of obsessed with notebooks.  We have stacks of them and love to keep notes of all kinds of things:

-Inspiring words of wisdom from articles we read or talks we hear
-Plans and goals for the future (including baby names  🙂  🙂  Yes, we have FOUR picked out.)
-Journal entries (my favorite:  we took two moleskins while backpacking Europe and tried to write a journal entry each day.)

His & Her Books

Monogrammed NotebookBut, a monogrammed notebook?  One for Danny & one for me?  Yes, please!!  I just found these and  love the simplicity of the single, gold foil letter.  For $9 each, a pair of these would also make a great wedding gift, shower gift, engagement gift, or anniversary gift.

[UPDATE:  the link for the books wasn’t working earlier in the day, but I fixed it.  Sorry about that!]   

And, a fun idea:  My friend recommended keeping a book in the bathroom for a husband and wife to use to record loving thoughts about each other – or to write each other love notes.  I thought the idea was so sweet.  OK, maybe a strange setting for a love note – but can you imagine having that book handy to read if you were having a rough day?


P.S.  I couldn’t help it.  I pulled out my little notebook I had in Europe.  Here is my first journal entry, after 1 month of marriage…

“In Prague.  With my husband.  Snuggled in a charming hotel and feeling like the luckiest woman alive.  He fills my heart as full as it can be.  There is nothing better than having this dear man and partner by my side.

Today he asked me, as he always does everyday, “Is there anything I can do for you?”  Meanwhile, all day he’d been smiling so cheerfully at me, always speaking so positively, telling me he loved me and that I looked cute (even though I look so scrubby here while backpacking!)  Also, he stroked my arm during an amazing guitar concert we attended, he took pictures of me all day to record our time here in this beautiful city, complimented me on the photos I took, cheerfully split lunch with me, thanked me for every little thing I had done for him today, and told me what a great day he had with me.  Later, he held me tight while we watched the World Cup in Old Town Square, and tonight made very, very sweet (& sexy) love to me with the cobblestone street of Prague outside our window…

And this dear man asks me what he can do for me.  Well, seeing how I have never been served or loved more in my life, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to think of something more he can do – despite his kind inquiries.  I love him so, so dearly.  Indeed, I think I’m the luckiest girl alive.”

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  1. tawnya February 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    The link doesn't go to the notebook…do you have another?

    • mara February 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Tawnya – I fixed the link! Thanks for that heads up. And sorry about that.

  2. Allison February 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    I got chills as I read your journal entry 🙂 It's wonderful to see how you both are so selfless and charitable towards one another. It makes for a beautiful marriage!

  3. katilda February 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    All that AND he wears plaid! Kudos all around!

  4. Lisa | Happy By February 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Are you sure you didn't order Danny online Mara? Of course you deserve all these and maybe even more, I just mean you are so lucky to have found each other. Sometimes I don't think there is one particular person in the whole world destined to be your better half (although I have found mine), but it's how you make the one you love your better half, be him living next door or in Australia. But, looking at you two I might reconsider my belief and maybe declare that it could be possible to have your fate pre-written (not a word, I know) and he/she could be waiting ONLY for you out there. Thank you Mara 🙂

    • Sandi February 20, 2013 at 2:33 am - Reply

      Lisa, I was just thinking the SAME THING as I read this. It's amazing to me that after everything Danny and Mara went through, they ended up finding each other. It's so beautiful.

    • danny February 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      Well Lisa….I'm not aware of any "male-order" catalog that I was in 🙂

      Actually, Mara and I have been meaning to write a little about this topic for some time. We don't believe in finding a "soul-mate", or this one person out there that completes you….so much as we believe in *becoming* a soul-mate. The difference between the two ways of saying that are subtle, but very important.

      It could be summed up in the difference between needing someone to complete you, vs coming to a relationship "whole" and ready to complement someone else who is also "whole".

      Of course, that doesn't mean that Mara and I are whole and perfect, but you get the idea. We didn't enter a relationship looking to be completed by someone, but complemented by someone. Hopefully that makes sense, and hopefully a future post will be a lot better than my 2 minute take.


  5. A.Co February 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    <3 <3 <3 beautiful journal entry.

  6. Amy February 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Reading the journal entry, I can't help but be reminded that often what we look for in someone is what we find. Danny sounds amazing, yes. But I also think it's about being open to see the amazing things and not look for the, well, less than amazing things a person does. It's a sweet reminder to evaluate what I look for in my loved ones and to refocus on the good.

    • danny February 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      Well said Amy…I totally agree with you. One thing I love about Mara is how eagerly she looks for what is amazing in me. That attitude is helpful in any relationship.

      It is having that attitude of gratitude that is so powerful in making sure that we are focusing on things that will enhance our relationship that is so important.

      This is something Mara and I try to do very deliberately (because it is way too easy to fall into other less productive habits), and we try to be very open about our gratitude for each other and the ways we are blessed by each other. That kind of openness is one of my favorite parts of our relationship!

  7. Lyndi February 20, 2013 at 12:31 am - Reply

    This reminded me of my friend who is very passionate about notebooks. She even bookbinds herself and sells her notebooks on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/scribbleandjot

  8. livetolist February 20, 2013 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I am inspired by Danny, and I too look for ways to love and serve my partner every day.

  9. YiYing February 20, 2013 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Hi Mara. I am your reader from Malaysia and I would like to tell you that you are such an amazing blogger.
    I learnt a lot from reading your blog as your love for Danny and how you both attach to each other is kind of cute.
    Other than that, I read your blog to improve my english too .
    You are so inspiring and I really enjoy reading your blog!

    • danny February 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      YiYing, thank you so much for this wonderful comment. It blows us away that this blog gets read all over the world. And how wonderful that we all get to inspire each other.

      Your English is great by the way…keep it up!

  10. Erin February 22, 2013 at 8:29 am - Reply

    I want this. I sometimes worry that I won't find it, but this reminds me that I do deserve it. Y'all are the sweetest.

  11. Jody Mac Best March 7, 2013 at 6:14 am - Reply

    When I got married, a good friend gave us a journal and deemed it our 'love journal'. They told us to write notes to each other in it often and when we were done writing in it, to leave it on the other person's night stand so that they would find it, read their note and have a chance to respond. It is my favorite wedding gift. Getting it with the couple's initial would make it an even better gift!

    I have to say I fell in love with my husband around the same time I found your blog. We met in person once and then corresponded through email and Skype. Knowing that your marriage had worked helped me to be okay with a less 'conventional' way of dating. Plus, when you know, you know! Thanks for all you do!

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