The incredible journey of marriage
Jennifer Burke/Staff Writer/Catholic Courier    |    10.17.2017
Category: Our Two Cents

Eight years ago today I married my best friend, and together we embarked on an incredible journey. Since then we’ve lived in one apartment and two houses, visited Italy and a dozen states, and started raising three beautiful girls. We’ve faced challenges along the way, but we’ve faced everything together, and I feel blessed to be where we are right now.

I know that eight is not considered a milestone year, yet this anniversary feels significant. Maybe it’s because with full-time jobs and three young children, we’re in an exhausting stage of life – although maybe they all are and we don’t know it yet! We know it’s important to make time for our relationship, but that can be hard to put into practice, which may be why I’m so looking forward to our date night tonight.

With another year under our belts, we’re not newlyweds anymore, but we’re not exactly veterans, either. We have loved ones in both of those camps, however, and I think we have much to learn from them. Yesterday was my brother and sister-in-law’s one-month anniversary. I was moved and inspired by how openly they showed their love and affection for each other on their wedding day. It reminded me that even though we’re not newlyweds anymore, I shouldn’t forget to tell my husband how much he means to me, and vice versa.

My parents, meanwhile, will celebrate their 38th anniversary next month. Their shared faith has been the cornerstone of their marriage for nearly four decades, and they demonstrate this each day through the choices they make and the way they live their lives. They’ve shown us the importance of trusting God in all things.

Do you have any bits of marriage wisdom that you’ve picked up over the years and would like to share?

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