year three

Josh's favorite joke goes something like this:

Some person: So, how long have you been married?
Josh: X years, but it feels like forever!

He's been telling that joke since we got back from our honeymoon, and to this day it's one of his favorites to pull out in a crowd. It makes me laugh and shake my head every time. (He's learned not to make that joke when I'm not around, because he's noticed that it makes people very uncomfortable when they can't see that I'm in on the gag.)

{On the wedding day, three years ago}

Year three has been wonderful and hard and emotional and loving. Having a babe in the family can really throw your relationship for a loop. We're sleep deprived and sensitive and don't always have the same opinion (gasp!). Sometimes it feels like the stars are aligning to incite discord. And then there are those moments of love and tenderness with my boys that outshine any differences. Our babe deepens my capacity to love my husband, and it's miraculous. Being a parent with Josh is the best endeavor.

{At lunch today with my boys. Clearly Asher was stoked about this.}

Marriage is primed for gracious living, probably because it's so damn hard sometimes. Apologies are just as sacred and important as the I-love-yous, and more often than not being right isn't what matters. Sometimes being gracious is the hardest with those we love most; and it's those most important relationships that depend on gracious living to thrive.

I can confidently say that Josh and I are happy. So, so happy. We're not perfect, but we are perfect for each other. We teach each other and we work together. We have a son who brings us both indescribable joy. There's no one I'd rather be with. Josh is, without a doubt, the love of my life. He makes my attempts at gracious living worth it. Three years ago today we each said yes, and I'll say it over and over and over for forever.

This post is part of a 31-day series on gracious living. You can find the other posts here.


m.estelle said...

All three of you look so good and so happy in this! Loveyou!

Katelyn said...

Happy! Thanks for being so wise:)

Jessica said...

Happy Anniversary! Isn't it odd that it is sometimes most difficult to be gracious to the one we love the very most. I've been trying harder at this, but it's tough.

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