Yesterday marked seven years married to this handsome man of mine. Those of you who have reading this blog since before we got married, can you believe that?! Where does the time go? Like all things in life, it seems like the longest-shortest time. As in, we have lived so much life in those seven years and I can’t remember life without him and yet I don’t know where the last seven years went.
I don’t talk a lot about the ins and outs of our marriage on social media, mainly because for us it’s a respect issue and there is so much I believe should be left offline – even in this era of “transparency” and “authenticity.” Marriage is a beautiful, sacred and very personal commitment between two people and the ins and outs of a marriage are often best left between two people. That said, I do like to take this time every year to reflect on the joys and sorrows that years of marriage can hold for a couple. We are no exception. We have had incredible highs and the deepest of lows. And through it all, I’m SO thankful that we are standing here, together, married and raising these beautiful kiddos together.
It sounds a little dreamy, doesn’t it? Enduring, lasting, forever-type love? This is where movies and magazines do us all an incredible disservice, because that enduring, lasting, forever-type love that everyone loves to talk about really looks a lot like hard work, grit, dedication, commitment and sheer determination to stay together. That’s not to say it’s all work, either. If you’re willing to put in the work, the rewards you will reap will be great, too. Like all things in life, the endeavors that require the most effort, commitment and consistency are those that are ultimately the most rewarding and gratifying.
Joe, being married to you is easy in so many ways. You’re steady, consistent, hard working, fun and my perfect match and I’m so thankful I get to call you husband.