Behind Closed Doors: Introduction

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I am Chelsea, the owner of this little corner of the Internet. I am also the creative mind behind this blog series, although I really can’t take credit as I feel it was something that not only did God lay on my heart, but something that these four women have helped with TREMENDOUSLY. It honestly would be nothing without them.

I also want to thank my husband, John, for being so open to letting me share our relationship with others. He and I have been married for three years and became parents back in August to a sweet baby girl. We love traveling, have an obsession with Friends reruns, and dream of one day having our own business.

John and I met during my freshman year (his sophomore) of college through mutual friends. Right away he came off as a genuine person, someone you could trust. We quickly became close friends, both of us talkative and fun loving. We remained close the four years I was in college, as well as the following year when we both ended up with jobs in our college town. Being the only two from our group of friends that was still in that zipcode we spent much more time together, meeting up for dinner or just to hang out. Our pups even got along and we’d meet up so they could play. Slowly, conversations got deeper and dinner dates got longer and the rest is pretty much history. We got engaged after a year of dating and married a year after that.

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I would be lying if I said we have always had a relationship that centers around God. Fortunately John was raised in a Christian household and has so much Biblical knowledge. I have always gone to him with questions and he’s been able to reference the Bible so many times for me. I, on the other hand, have spent a lot of time seeking God, while John has strayed at times, so I have been the one to keep him interested in a relationship with Christ.

Behind Closed Doors is a blog series that was laid on my heart by God. It has connected me with four beautiful wives who put God first in their marriages. For many couples, including my husband and I, having a faith based marriage is a struggle sometimes, as are many other areas in our life. This series is going to tackle some very raw, very real topics in marriage that even the best of friends don’t often talk about. Every Monday in April a new topic and discussion will be posted. We pray that this series helps you not only grow closer to your husband, but closer to God as well. Throughout the series (and after!) let us know if we can pray for you specifically. God bless!

And now, the lovely ladies behind the series:


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Jessica is the founder of Everything Adored. She and her husband, Brett, have been married for five years. Click here to read more!




Brittany is the founder of The Ashmores Blog. She and her husband, Jerod, have been married for seven years. Click here to read more!




Sara is the founder of Crazy Cozads. She and her husband, Benjamin, have been married for eight years. Click here to read more!




Tabitha is the founder of Tabitha Panariso Blog. She and her husband, Ethan, have been married for seven years. Click here to read more!

Jessica: Hey y’all! I’m Jessica. Right now I’m living in Texas (and loving it) with my husband, Brett, and our two boys Parker and Declan. I am originally from Utah and miss the mountains daily. I love to write about my adventures with my boys and all the things that make motherhood easier and more beautiful.

A friend introduced me to Brett after my freshman year in college. The first day we met I instantly felt a connection to him.  There were normal first date jitters, but behind that he felt like the kind of person I could bare my soul to.  Things just felt easier when he was around.  He had just graduated and was getting ready to move in one week from Utah to Wisconsin.  He told me this from the get go, and I had no plan to get involved with someone who was about to leave.  But day after day I kept feeling like there was something more happening than friendship.

I finally asked God what I was supposed to do. The answer came as a complete surprise.  I needed to take the risk. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct they paths. (Prov. 3: 5-6) When God puts your person in your path you don’t leave them behind because it’s hard.  You grab their hand and forge on together. Now we’ve been married almost 6 years, and have two beautiful little boys.  Everyday I am thankful for the push I got to take the best risk of my life.

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Brittany: Jerod and I have been married for 7 years! We met in Dallas in college. We started dating my sophomore year in 2004 and then he popped the question in 2007. He said I needed to get my degree before he would marry me! I am so glad he said that, otherwise I probably would have married him and not finished school.

We were engaged for a year and then married November 8, 2008. A few months later we got pregnant with our first child, Oakland! We got pregnant with our second child, Ainsley in 2013.

One thing I wanted my husband to be was a man after God’s heart. I am SUPER thankful that God gave me Jerod. He loves Jesus and his family. I LOVE that because I too love Jesus and am such a homebody! We spend so much time together as a family. My husband also is an amazing father. He works from home with our daughter three days a week so I can teach! He is very good at encouraging me and affirming me! As a woman I thrive on affirmation and need it daily. Being a working mom can be really hard but he makes it much easier by working from home with Ainsley, helping me around the house ( because it isn’t only my job to do the dishes and laundry) , and encouraging me!

I would say that God is definitely the center of our relationship and in our home! We strive to model a loving and Godly marriage to our children. That is extremely important to me. We really try not to argue or raise our voice in front of our children.

I praise God for my husband and would not be who I am without him!

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Sara: Hello all! I’m Sara. I love Jesus, bright colors, shoes and pretzel M&Ms! I look for the positive in each day and every situation. I know that every thing that I have and experienced in my life has been from the hand of God!  I am confident in who I am because I know whose I am. Because of His free gift of salvation, I have freedom and joy abounding! I have been married for eight years {nine in July!} to my best match, Benjamin. I love Benjamin for thousands of reasons; he makes me laugh and completely loves me as I am. We have known each other since we were little but started dating when Benjamin was in college and I was out in the working world. Benjamin knew in the sixth grade that he was going to marry me and had the patience of Job to wait on God’s timing! In the first years of our marriage we learned how to live together, communicate well, and support each other’s goals. We even started a pet photography business giving us a creative outlet that we could do together! These days we are busy raising two kids, running a business, leading a Sunday school class, and living in between! We make it a priority to give each other down time and most importantly, date each other! {Sometimes that means picking up cheesecake, snuggling down in bed and watching one of our favorite shows!}

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Tabitha: It was around midnight, and my best friend and I were perusing the aisles of Wal-Mart. I’m not entirely sure why we were there. Regardless, it seemed like the cool thing to do on a Saturday night. Two guys happened upon us and started a conversation. I was instantly attracted to one but was a little wary since he was a total stranger. Fortunately, my bolder friend exchanged numbers with his friend. Weeks later, he and I went out on our very first date. Somehow, I was blessed in that not only was he not a creep, he was a believer. And then three years later, we were married. I was 21 years old and he was 25.

Now, my husband and I are inching up on our eighth year of marriage. Thinking about how we met, I am still in awe over how God ordained our relationship. Not only is he my husband, but he truly is my best friend. There have been many seasons of difficulty, and of hard work. We’ve grieved a miscarriage, had two children, and watched each other move in and out of careers. We’ve fought and disagreed. But even with all of that, I would say that I have found my happily ever after. Although we’ve been together for over a decade now, the future looks even more bright and promising. We’ve learned a lot, but I just know there is a whole lot more.

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12 thoughts on “Behind Closed Doors: Introduction

  1. Sanley says:

    This is going to be a great series and one that I really want to follow, even though I’m not married yet. Currently I’m just preparing myself to be the wife God is calling me to be, so I think this series will help me figure out how.


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