{originally posted on July 4, 2011}

This week I went into Under Armour to get some new clothes for Jack.

Every time I am in there I love their slogan. I think it is genius and it is thought provoking to me.

{Protect This House. I Will}

We make choices every day in how we care for our bodies.

Right now I am not wanting to write about protecting our bodies and keeping them healthy.

I am writing about our literal house. Our families. Our marriages. Relationships.

I will not lie and say that watching my friends and family go through affairs, heartbreak and divorce has not affected me.

It scares me.

It should.

I chose this life with Kelly.

We made the choice to have children.

We made more than a promise when we had children….we made a covenant.

A covenant to always try.  For us.  For them.

It is easy to let the day to day take away from staying connected.

It is easy to get complacent. Lazy. Distracted.

We can give in to the things we think we want now and give up on all the beautiful things that could be waiting for us later.

I want to grow old with Kelly.  I want to raise our children together.  I want to enjoy our grandchildren together.

I want to work on our marriage now so later when the kids are out of the house we can travel and play. Together.

To get all those beautiful things later we need to protect this house…now!

Protect it like a treasure.

Make time for each other.

Listen and support.  Encourage.  Keep our eyes and focus on our family.

I  know if I am seeing those around me hurting because of marital heartbreak…I bet you know someone too.

If we don’t protect our families it could just as easily be us someday.

Now watch the video again and get ready to defend what is yours!

Protect This House….I Will!