Yesterday Ryan and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. And really, it still kind of feels like just yesterday that we met during my first week of college and practically fell in love at first sight. Somehow we don’t feel old enough to already be celebrating 13 years of marriage. But here we are, still those same crazy kids, still crazy in love with each other.
Marriage is about through thick and thin. Through the good times and the better. And really, through whatever life throws your way. That is definitely what you sign up for with marriage. And yep, that even includes a global pandemic. But the truth is, there is no one that I would rather have navigated these strange times with than Ryan. We have spent practically every waking moment together for the past five months, and we are blessed that it has only strengthened our bond, and given us the opportunity to grow even closer.
These 13 years have already been such an adventure together, but somehow I get the feeling that this year of marriage is going to be our greatest adventure yet. Even more laughter, lots of wonderful changes, and yes, even more love. Because that is the really amazing thing about marriage, somehow you fall even more in love with your partner.
When we were in college, I wanted my whole life to revolve around Ryan. And I couldn’t have imagined loving him anymore than I did. When we got married, I felt on top of the world, like nothing could possibly top the bond that we shared. And here we are 13 years later, and I have fallen even more deeply in love with my handsome hubby. And I am truly more crazy about him than ever. (Even after five months of being stuck at home together!)
Thirteen years in, and I still don’t think that there are really any “secrets” to a great marriage. I think that what it really boils down to, is just honoring the commitment that you made to each other. Honoring that even when things might feel hard, or when you might disagree about something, that you still share the most beautiful common denominator – your love for each other. I don’t actually think that marriage is supposed to be picture perfect. But if you’re really lucky, it’s perfectly yours. And that’s exactly what ours is, perfectly ours.