Friday, August 30, 2013

The Unknown and the Little Things

A few weeks ago, Reed and I had our 11 year dating anniversary (and in June our 7 year wedding anniversary). We were just 21-year-old babies when we got married, and we realized we were pretty clueless about our future. Would he go to Med School? Would we stay in Georgia (where we went to college) or move home to Ohio? Would we have kids young or wait 'til we were older and "financially stable"? Would we get "real jobs"?  Would I go to grad school or be able to find a job in my field?

There were a lot of unanswered questions. For most people, it's probably ill-advised to get married before you have more answers. Who knows, maybe we should have waited until we knew more and the early years would have been easier. But the thing about the early years is that they pass and you learn a lot. You learn to be more intentional about your marriage. You learn that people don't stay together happily for decades accidentally. You learn to say you're sorry, and really mean it.

And you learn to love the unanswered questions.. because that is where the surprises wait.

I'm thankful for someone to go into the unknown with. To be excited with, and disappointed with.

Someone who picks me up a little special something on a business trip, just because he was thinking about me (can't beat the Body Shop!). There was chocolate involved too :)

Today we are off to Troy, Ohio for the Gentlemen of the Road Music Festival and we can't wait. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

"If I get married, I want to be very married." - Audrey Hepburn


  1. Chad and I were 21 and 22 when we married and had been dating since high school. This year was 8 years married, 12 years together. The early years are hard but they really make the rest of them worthwhile. Happy anniversary to you both from another couple of love struck kids.


  2. This is so sweet! I'm happy to hear that you're celebrating 11 years of dating. That's a milestone of it's own! While getting married young has it's disadvantages, I think you acknowledge the pros along with it's cons. My husband and I have known each other for over ten years but we didn't stay together the whole time and we didn't get married until 3 years of dating and living together (we were 29). I think we were both really immature in our early 20's and we probably would have hated each other if we didn't allow ourselves time to grow. I think it's great that you and your husband grew together, it just shows how strong your bond truly is!



    Southern (California) Belle

  3. This is really sweet. I love the "say you're sorry and really mean it" that's growth right there!

  4. Congratulations on 11 years together! I loved this post. Marriage is definitely something you have to work at, but it is so rewarding. I hope you enjoy your trip! :)


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