Marriage is a wonderful thing, but it’s hard. It’s work and if you don’t think it takes work then you are probably slipping. I’m no expert by any means, but I will say I do take time to celebrate my husband, our marriage and the life we’ve built.
It truly is a remarkable thing if you think about married life. In the beginning you meet, go on dates and at some point you make one of the biggest decisions of your life. You decide to spend THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH THAT ONE PERSON. Wowzers. I would testify that that is a life changer. You may be head over heels in the beginning, but what happens in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years…. You won’t be the same person and neither will they. You choose to grow together or grow apart. It’s a choice each person has to make. Give and take everyday. If you can weather the storms that marriage can bring, lie down at the end of the night and look at your spouse with a smile I say, celebrate that. I mean really celebrate it. Whatever makes you tick, do it. Plan it. Don’t wait. Go.
Traveling makes Rusty and I tick. There is nothing better than experiencing something new with the person you love. Every year we go on vacation together without the kids and all of the other daily distractions. We make it a priority. It helps us get back to us. It works for us.
For our 10th anniversary we went to Prague (which was amazing by the way) and we had a vow renewal photo shoot at Vizcaya Gardens in Miami with Isla Charm Photography. When we got married Rusty and I wrote our own vows. Of course, Mr. Songwriter wrote the most amazing vows while mine were, well… let’s just spare you the details. I wrote out his vows on backdrop paper for the shoot. McKenzie was so excited, and loved being a part of it. She was the cutest little flower girl. It really was magical. I bought a new dress (that I sold on Tradesy for $100 less than I bought it for) and Rusty a new suit. Oona made McKenzie a flower crown and I made my bouquet. They are pictures I will cherish forever or for as long as we are married, just kidding!
I say celebrate. Celebrate it all. Celebrate the big things and celebrate the small things. Do it how you want to do it. Forget everyone’s opinions, you do you. That’s where I’ve found the most happiness.