A few weeks ago, Christopher & I marked our third wedding anniversary. In celebration, we took our first vacation together since our honeymoon and, I must say, the timing of this little "holiday" was a Godsend.
It was much-needed.
This summer has been a time of growth for Christopher & I, both individually and together. After three years, we've become all-too-aware of our own shortcomings and downfalls, and we've been seeing it within each other as well (marriage's "mirror effect", shall we say). Instead of running from difficulties, we've been facing them and working through the discomforts. Individually, together, with family, friends and the church.
We've been learning that marriage isn't easy and it isn't always fun, but it's rewards can be great. (Though you hear it all the time and--by intuition--you know it's true, it takes a while for it's truth to settle in and become real).
Instead of focusing on and allowing ourselves to become bewildered by the most recent failed marriages that we've witnessed, we're looking towards those strong and God-centered examples of marriage that have surrounded us for our entire lives--our parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles, the Chappell's, the Figleys....
We're banishing our pride (which was telling us "we can figure this marriage thing out all by ourselves") and instead we're reading books and renewing our faith.
I am so thankful to have Christopher by my side as my husband and my closest friend. Neither of us are perfect--far from it, in fact--but together, we can learn. Together, we can help each other become the people that we should be. The people that God wants us to be.