Do you know what love looks like?

An adorably long list of things your spouse does for you because ... love!

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  • Love. It's a beautiful thing. It grows with time, effort, kindness, thoughtfulness and occasionally some sticking-it-out-through-thick-and-thin.

  • So, what does love look like? Well, a lot of things. Check out this list, then stand up and do a little celebratory dance (seriously, do it!) when you recognize something from your marriage.

  • Keep nurturing love. Keep nurturing your marriage

  • Love looks like a back scratch, while sitting in front of the TV.

  • Love looks like your spouse getting up early with the kiddos (or dog) so you can sleep in.

  • Love looks like a hug and a listening ear, after a long day at work.

  • Love looks like compassion, sympathy and empathy.

  • Love looks like patience, forgiveness and humility—time and time again (even when you feel like you don't deserve it!).

  • Love looks like warm towels your spouse stuck in the dryer when you hopped in the shower.

  • Love looks like a handwritten note from your spouse you find in the car.

  • Love looks like service, selflessness and a desire to put your spouse's needs above your own.

  • Love looks like a kiss, a cuddle, a hug or ... more.

  • Love looks like words of affirmation and praise, offered from your spouse, in front of your friends and family.

  • Love looks like your spouse picking up your favorite kind of cereal at the store.

  • Love looks like encouraging words when you are faced with important decisions.

  • Love looks like constant strength from your spouse when you find out bad news.

  • Love looks like an I'm-sorry-for-being-stubborn hug and kiss.

  • Love looks like your spouse cleaning your car.

  • Love looks like getting up early to make your spouse their favorite breakfast.

  • Love looks like honesty, fidelity and fierce loyalty in all of their forms.

  • Love looks like your spouse laughing at your jokes or over something funny you said.

  • Love looks like working side-by-side, pulling weeds in the backyard.

  • Love looks like sitting down to a lunch your spouse fixed for you.

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  • Love looks like your spouse buying you that shirt you have been wanting for weeks.

  • Love looks like your spouse blowing it off when you know you said something that pushed their buttons.

  • Love looks like your spouse running to the store, in the middle of the night, to grab some medicine you need.

  • Love looks like your spouse zipping their lips when they know they are right but don't want to rub it in.

  • Love looks like holding hands, butterfly kisses on the cheek, whispers in the ear, footsies under the table.

  • Love looks like road trips, favorite songs, outdoor adventures, swinging on swings and laughing together.

  • Love looks like a flower, a spray of cologne, a box of chocolate or a chick flick.

  • Love looks like dancing in the kitchen, playing games, taking a walk, enjoying the sunset and watching out for each other.

  • In short, love looks like life—ups and downs included. It's sharing life and growing together with that special someone. That someone who cares about you, forgives you, serves you and totally gets you, even when others don't. Someone who won't leave you when the going gets tough. Someone who will hold your hand through thick and thin. Someone who will be there, rain or shine, because sometimes you really only have each other.

  • Yes, love is a pretty beautiful thing. Keep nurturing love. Keep nurturing your marriage.

  • This article was originally published on Nurturing Marriage. It has been republished here with permission.

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Aaron & April are the founders of Nurturing Marriage, a website dedicated to strengthening marriages. They enjoy playing football with their two little boys, watching sports, eating cereal late at night, and going out for frozen yogurt.

Website: http://www.nurturingmarriage.org

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