In January my husband and I celebrated our 11th Wedding Anniversary…Celebrating a milestone like our 11th wedding anniversary isn’t necessarily a “shout it from the rooftops” celebration but something you pat yourself on the back because quite frankly, my husband and I have come quite far. So, for today I’d like to share how we got here and what contributed to our success.
My husband Jeff and I met 15 years ago. I was an exchange student from Germany studying and working in Illinois—literally having the time of my life. We met at a party, and yes, it was love at first sight, but we both didn’t want to admit to it. I certainly didn’t want to commit since I very much looked forward to returning home and finish school. But we started dating anyways, we dated for 5 years with a few breakups and heartbreaks due to our long distance relationship (that it lasted 5 years is a miracle!), but ultimately we were the perfect match.
Words cannot express how proud I am that Jeff and I have a successful marriage, it’s my personal icing on the proverbial cake of accomplishments. I am incredibly fortunate to have found the man of my dreams who has given me a glorious life. But we did have our challenges as well. Like any married couple. However, we fought through them, withstand the pressures together which lead us our 11th Wedding Anniversary.
Below are some things I’ve learned that foster a strong & happy marriage.
It seems cliché, but it is so true. Being able to tell each other everything and wanting to spend time together is so important. Frankly, I would rather spend time with him than any other person on the planet.
My husband has taught me a lot of that. I can be quite impatient and he’s probably the most patient man on the planet. Approaching things with patience is important.
Just because your married with children doesn’t mean you cannot go on adventures anymore. I live for our family adventures, such as traveling the world or going on road trips together. Creating memories together that is what life is really about.
Do you have any marriage advice? I would love to hear them if you do!
As always, thanks so much for reading & have a great week!
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