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Monday, October 10, 2011

Marriage: It's complicated.


Hubs and I recently celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. It's been a blessed week.

There's something special about simply celebrating us. Our past, present, and future.

It's a time we can look back at the 13 years we've spent together. Where we were, where we are, and most importantly-where we want to go.




It's a tender time. The good kind of tender. I stop and realize just how wonderful he is. He stops to kiss me a little more. He stops to hold me a little longer, and I know he appreciates me.

I've done a lot of reflecting this past week.

We've had many valleys and many mountaintops. But, one thing remains. Love.

Through all the twists and turns of our complicated past, busy present, and dreams for the future, we still love each other with our whole hearts.

I can't imagine spending this life without him. I can't imagine parenting these boys without him, and I certainly can't picture my future without him.

I am still helplessly in love with my man. And I like that.

Marriage can be so hard. It's exhausting at times. There's been many nights when I just wanted to give up. Times I wanted to believe the lie that we wouldn't make it. There have been times I've just wanted to punch the living daylights out of him! But, then somehow months later, I can breathe. I can see we've grown. Grown in our marriage, and I think we've grown as individuals.

We still have so far to go. But, we'll go through this complicated thing called life together.

Be encouraged. His mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
If today is hard, tomorrow may be harder, but somehow, one day, it gets better.

It gets wonderful.

Then you realize you've made it through another journey. You've made it through another chapter-together.







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10 Comments:

At October 10, 2011 at 8:44 PM , Blogger Krista @ Not Mommy of the Year said...

13 years is awesome! Congratulations!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 10:43 PM , Blogger Mandy said...

Congratulations! We just celebrated our 16th, and yes, it is complicated...good complicated though! May this be your best year yet!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 10:58 PM , Blogger Greta said...

Congratulations! Beautiful reflections. Here's to many, many more!!

 
At October 11, 2011 at 7:21 AM , Blogger Julie said...

Happy anniversary! I agree, marriage is hard and I've only been at it for almost 3 months now, granted we've been together for almost 5 years. As long as it works out in the end, all is good :)

 
At October 11, 2011 at 9:08 AM , Blogger Tiffany said...

Happy Anniversary!! My husband and I will be celebrating 10 years married this week. I couldn't agree more with your post, beautifully written. :)

 
At October 11, 2011 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Katina said...

Look how cute you are in your shorts! Congrats! Your Hubby is a lucky guy!

 
At October 11, 2011 at 2:13 PM , Blogger becca said...

congrats

 
At October 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

Congrats and Happy Anniversary! It sounds like you guys are on a great journey together!

 
At October 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

Happy Anniversary!! Such a great post. It actually makes me feel better.

 
At October 13, 2011 at 1:59 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

Awww...congrats!!! It's so heartening to hear of couples that stay together more than a year these days!!! Way to stick it out for over a decade!!!!

 

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