Year One

This Sunday will mark a year of marriage that I celebrate with my husband. It has flown by way too quickly, and although there were some moments where I wish I could have fast forwarded, there were definitely more moments that I wish I could have paused, rewinded, and replayed over and over.

It has been a year that I will cherish forever. We started off with almost nothing in the bank and though that is nothing to brag about, I feel like we have come such a long way while being joyful through it all. God has continued to provide for us in ways that we can't even fathom, and has led us through some of the toughest situations. We have shared so many laugh attacks about things that weren't even that funny, and have pursued our dreams and passions while supporting each other. I remember Pastor David (our officiant) advised us during pre-marital counseling not to start anything new in our first year of marriage. Only a few months after we got married, we adopted a new puppy, Kit began to pursue OATH more passionately, and I started a flower subscription business. Although it was great advice and will probably apply to most couples, I always knew Kit and I would be a little different and those were things that we definitely would not have changed. 

We've received a lot of advice as newlyweds, but one thing that no one really tells you is that you are marrying more than one person. You are committing and exchanging vows with the person they were in the past, who they are in the present, and who they will become in the future. The person I first started dating almost 6 years ago is not the same person I married last year. And the person I married last year is not the same person that I'm with today. I think once I identified that, it has changed my perspective on what commitment and love really means. It doesn't mean to act and say things out of emotion, but to truly think of ways to support the man that my husband is becoming. 

I know it's only been a year and I'm sure the challenges will become even greater as the years progress, but if this year was any indication of what our future will look like, I know it will be amazing. 

Hello forever, Stumb.