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“Today is our anniversary! Some of you know the difficult year Michael & I faced; and others only see social media and think how wonderful our life looks (let’s be honest not many people post all the bad stuff.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
A series of bad choices & decisions, poor communication, competitiveness & big egos attacked our marriage this past year. Many would’ve walked away. In fact, we are both “runners”, in our past when things got hard, we’ve never “stayed” to fix anything. It’s easier to run than to stay and do the work to fix it.
But this time was different. We stayed. Through the toughest of times. We fought, together, to get our marriage back to where it was supposed to be. And we used our competitiveness (as a team instead of against each other) to far exceed where we were supposed to be in our marriage and gained a higher level of where we wanted it to be.
WE MAKE MISTAKES
We aren’t perfect, we are human and will continue to make mistakes. But we value ourselves, each other, our marriage and our family in a deeper way than a year ago; so those mistakes are dealt with together now, as a true team.
We have had the opportunity to model to our adult sons how to be accountable and fix what’s wrong in relationships, instead of walking away.
We’ve had our family & friends walk through this journey with us; offering love, support and advice.
STAY IN THE FIGHT
We’ve also attended marriage seminars, counseling & workshops. We have a lot of people to thank for where we are at today.
We are both better versions of ourselves. We learned not only to forgive but to give each other grace. I look forward to this next year of marriage being one of continued growth. There is no shame in our journey; I’m thankful for what we’ve learned as a result of our struggles.
The past 9 months have been nothing short of hard work, on a daily basis; dedication & love. Looking back to where we were at then and seeing where we are at now, I am so proud of us!! There isn’t a single person I’d rather take this crazy yet wonderful journey with. For all that you are and all that you will be, I love you with every ounce of who I am. I’ve never been more proud to be the Mrs. as I am today.