Today, I celebrate six months of marriage with my amazing and wonderful husband. I decided to have an extra post this week just because I'm happy, and because I've learned a lot in the last six months. People always told me that marriage was awesome, but I never really knew what they meant until we tied the knot ourselves. I thought I would share some thoughts on marriage and what I've learned!
Sleep-Cuddling is reserved for Hollywood
Seriously, it's the stuff of movies - not reality. For us anyway. However, when you wake up at 3am and can't sleep anymore, there's comfort in knowing you're not alone. For me, this is especially comforting after a nightmare!
Communication is so important!
We need to communicate. It's not like our three year long distance relationship (more on that later), when we could turn off Skype whenever we needed a break from each other. Besides that, semantics are sometimes just that - semantics! Communicating properly saves a lot of misunderstandings.
Even newlyweds can take marriage seriously
We're still newly married, but that hasn't stopped us from continuing to find ways to improve our marriage. Effort needs to be put into marriage for it to work, after all!
I am the most selfish person in the world
I thought I was a pretty good person - then I got married. Seriously. There's no such thing as only thinking about yourself anymore. You constantly have to consider a second person. It's humbling.
Love is a decision
This is nothing new, but it's no less true! You decide to love a person no matter how sick they are, how they look in the morning, how annoying they are, or how they leave the bathroom smelling when they're done. Most importantly, you love them even when Monopoly got a little intense last night.
Prayer is key!
Have you heard that saying, "The couple who prays together, stays together."? It's true! Praying for and with your spouse is important. How amazing it is to know that my husband continually lifts me up in prayer!
Taking time to be a couple is important
Even though we don't have kids, we are still busy and need to take time just to be together. Sometimes it's as simple as going for a walk, but on the days we've committed to just being us and hanging out, it recharges and renews us as a couple.
Playing games after breakfast on a Monday is completely acceptable
In sweat pants and old tees no less! And bonus if you make up your own rules.
What I love most about marriage is the realization that I share something amazing and sacred with just one other person. I can't wait to see what else marriage has in store for us, and what more we will learn!
Head over to Instagram to see a wedding picture or two in the feed :)
Updated PS: It's been a year! Check out PART II here :)