One year ago today, I married the kindest, most intelligent and creative man I could have ever have imagined I would have the privilege of spending my life with.

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One year of marriage has taught me more than I could have thought possible. I’ve learned to see things from the perspective of “us”, and not just “me”. I’ve learned the importance of setting aside time to develop our relationship. I’m learning (with varying degrees of success) to draw a line between our couple space and extended family space. I’m learning to be more loving, more patient, more thoughtful. Heck, I’m even learning to fight fairly! 🙂 In truth, I’m striving – day by day – to become a better partner to my husband. I thank God that he chose me as his partner and that he, too, strives to be a better husband every day.

Marriage is not something that should be undertaken lightly. While our first year has been truly blessed (a new home, many wonderful family events, exciting travels, relative financial stability), I know that not all years will be like this. It seems to me to be about choices: choosing to love your partner every day, even when just getting out of bed seems like an impossible task; choosing to love them for the person they are and not who you would like them to be; choosing to better yourself for the best of your relationship; choosing to love in a world full of frustration and anger.

For me, it’s pretty simple, really: I choose him. Whatever that means for my future, I choose him.

xo happy anniversary, my love

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