Friday, July 15, 2011

3 years! Wow!

First of all, I am so sorry to all our loyal followers (wink, wink) - we've definitely neglected this blog!! I randomly clicked on this link via my Facebook page, and realized it wasn't even active anymore! How terrible! Josh & I are about to embark on a new chapter in our lives, and I want to document it all. Hence, this blog post...

On Sunday, we leave for Jamaica to celebrate our 3-year wedding anniversary. I cannot for the life of me, believe it had been 3 years. Some days I feel like we've been married for 100 years, and some days it feels like yesterday. Either way, it definitely doesn't feel like 3 years.

I think back to 3 years ago, and how excited and happy I was to marry my bestfriend, how in love we were, and how willing we were to take on the world! I don't think I could've imagined how much MORE I could love Josh, and how much MORE happy we could possibly be. Its crazy to think about it.

Anyways, I wanted to post one of my favorite marriage poems. It was read at our wedding 3 years ago, and I think its a great reminder of how precious a marriage really is. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

The Art of Marriage
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things.

It is never being too hold to hold hands.

It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude
of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation
and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience,
understanding and a sense of humor.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best.
by Wilferd Arlan Peterson