A year ago this happened:
I can't believe a whole year has just flown by. It's been an exciting, bumpy, emotional, hard but wonderful year and I wouldn't trade it for any of the years before it. After one year of marriage I know that we have so much to learn but I am also certain that marriage is above all an ongoing commitment that requires a daily choice to honor that commitment. The idea of marriage is attractive - it's easier to buy a house with two incomes and it's nice to have a constant company - to never have to worry about going out to dinner by myself or see an event and be all oh, that sounds fun but I don't have anyone to go with. Likewise choosing to get married is easy - it involves some rings, a quick trip to the courthouse for the license and a qualified minister; you have those things and boom you too can get married. But being married, well it's a little harder and sometimes a little less attractive.
Don't get me wrong, we're very happy in our marriage, but it certainly has is challenges. Being married means making the choice daily to choose we instead of me. Over the past year there have been times when I've felt like I'm failing miserably at this whole #wifelife thing but on the bad days I choose to wake up and try to have a better tomorrow and on the good days I choose to find a way to make the next even better. Marriage involves lots of choices, and sometimes my choice and his choice isn't the same but we choose to talk through it and find a common ground.
We all had a little laugh about it but when I recited my wedding vows I emphasized the you more than in my head I was emphasizing it but a year in I still mean it. I didn't chose the idea of marriage, or the fun day of getting married. I choose YOU Shaun and no one else.
And since we're reminiscing, here's just a few of my favorites from the big day.