Sandlewood Manor - The Importance of Apologies

Sandlewood Manor - The Importance of Apologies

During our dating years and now into our marriage, I have learned a lot about apologies.  I have always been able to apologize when I was the initiator of the wrong and it was without a doubt my fault.  But what about those times when it was someone else’s wrong actions that caused me to get angry, be harsh, say something mean or simply to react negatively?  …

Sandlewood Manor - How Is Your Tone?

Sandlewood Manor - How Is Your Tone?

The blog above was Shawn and me in a nutshell.  Dr. Emerson writes about men speaking in blue and women speaking in pink.  Shawn spoke and heard in blue and I spoke and heard in pink.  Shawn is very direct, and he likes to be very “emphatic” about what he is saying.  I like to speak loudly with a variety of facial movements and hand gestures.  I say it is “speaking Italian” …

Sandlewood Manor - Knowing Your Spouse's Love Language

Sandlewood Manor - Knowing Your Spouse's Love Language

It is amazing how often we attempt to show our spouse love only to feel unappreciated in our efforts.  In turn, this can lead to bitterness and resentment and ultimately cause us to quit trying.   Early in our relationship, Lauren and I seemed to struggle with the same issues coming up over and over.  In each of our best efforts, we were trying to show the other person love in the way we like to receive love.   I remember voicing that I had been showing her love and specifically naming the things that I had gone through great effort to do for her.  She told me the same and named the ways that she had been working to show me love.  Neither of them were in the other’s love language so neither of us received those efforts as love.  It was quite comical…

Sandlewood Manor The 'In Love' Illusion

Sandlewood Manor The 'In Love' Illusion

Lauren and I really enjoy the blogs from the 5 Love Languages website and found The ‘In-Love Illusion is Temporary’ post eye opening.  What struck us most about this post is the average life span of the “in-love” feeling and emotional high.  Two years?  This means, with the average engagement period of 14 months, that the “in-love” high could wear off within the first year of marriage!  This is scary if your relationship is based on emotional love rather than a deep, unconditional, selfless love.  Is your relationship based on how he/she makes you feel…

Sandlewood Manor Hosts Its First Event

Sandlewood Manor Hosts Its First Event

While Sandlewood's 10,000 sq. ft. ballroom will be available for events starting Spring 2019, Sandlewood Manor's main estate house is the perfect venue for intimate events like rehearsal dinners, renewal of vow ceremonies & small-scale wedding ceremonies/receptions. 

The Hottest Wedding Trends on Pinterest Right Now, But IRL

The Hottest Wedding Trends on Pinterest Right Now, But IRL

If you've ever browsed Pinterest for wedding inspo, you know how it feels to come across those photos that capture exactly what you've been dreaming of for your big day, and the thrill of saving them to your board for later. But then, you might get those all-too-familiar feelings: How could I ever pull this off? Do I have the budget for any this? Is this photo even from a real person's wedding? That's where we step in! While it's important…