What is better than a wedding?? After I first got married, I was SAD at the talk of other people’s weddings, because I knew I’d never get to plan my own again. Six years later, I am way over that and am honored and delighted at any chance I have to celebrate the union of another couple. A wedding is so full of hope and trust as we watch the bride and groom wholly commit themselves to a tremendous unknown. A wedding is forward looking for that couple, but for most of the married participants, I’m sure it spurs a lot of reflection.
Practically anyone who knows me well has heard me joke openly (and regularly!) about my and Ryan’s many differences. In many ways, I consider us opposites. He has little need for sympathy or inclination to give it; I seem to need it in droves! He is strongly independent; I have more self-doubt and prefer to stick close to my loved ones. He likes to make goals for us as a couple or a family; I bristle at having someone suggest a goal for me—even when I know it is spot on! He wants to kayak or hike; I want to shop or dine out.
In fact, I used to ask God why He let me marry someone so different from me.
But during year four of our marriage, right after I had our second baby, I saw a therapist and learned to understand my husband—and myself—better. By our fifth anniversary, I found myself holding hands with him across a table, with a candle-lighted creme brulee between us and my eyes filling with tears at the thought of how far we’d come. I love that man—I always have, even when I didn’t understand how he could think so differently than I did. Barely a day passes now without me thanking the Lord for how far we’ve come and how good it feels to be here.
Hopefully there will be much more marriage maintenance to come on on this little blog! Relationships, after all, are one of my very favorite topics.