Mark and I got married 9 years ago today. Maybe it’s because it’s one year shy of 10, maybe it’s because we hear about more and more marriages dissolving (or people simply going through motions, not really sharing life), but for some reason it just struck me that we’ve been married quite a while.
Our marriage isn’t perfect – probably because neither one of us is, go figure – but I think we would both say that we have grown so much over the past 9 years, really are a team, and when it comes down to it…we’re still each other’s best friend and biggest supporter.
It isn’t always easy but anything worthwhile requires work. We did a marriage study in our community group this past year and know that taking the time to invest in our marriage and strengthening the foundation are what get us to where we are today and hopefully to an even better place in the future. Hopefully, 9 years from now we’ll look back and think “we thought that was good…” The nice thing is that we’re not alone as we make that journey. Not only do we have each other, but we have 2 great kids who, although they add their own challenges to the mix, make our days so much brighter and funnier.
This morning, Mark was telling Mia that it was our anniversary. Never one to pass up an opportunity, she asks if we’re going to eat out. Mark explains that it’s kind of more of a mom and dad celebration so we probably wouldn’t all go out. “Oh…well…then can we put food on the table and all sit around so I can help you know what to say? I can listen to what you ‘re saying and give you a thumbs up if it’s good.”
Guys, with a 4 year old willing to put that kind of time and expertise into it, this year could be the best year yet!
And we’re doing our best to get a good start to it. I’m sitting in a quiet house, kids tucked in, waiting for Mark to get home with take out and a movie. Hope we make it through ok since our thumbs up/thumbs down helper is not available anymore.