One year ago today, on a chilly February afternoon, in front of a small crowd of friends and family, I started on the most challenging and rewarding adventure of my young life. This first year of married life has been more exciting, difficult (at times), maturing, and ultimately, more satisfying than I ever thought marriage could be.
Seriously. Marriage is incredible, but not for the faint of heart. It’s easy to fall in love, it’s harder to maintain it each and every day. Looking back, we’ve had obstacles and fires come to mature us, and we got through them. A miscarriage, job losses, dealing with a family member’s struggles with mental illness, but positive memories too. Moving into a new house, a great new job, endless nights of laughter and cuddles, and so much more.
Solomon was right when he said: “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”-Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
(Coming soon: Top Ten Lessons I’ve Learned In My First Year of Marriage!)