|this is not us, my husband doesn't have that much hair anymore!!! :D|
Well, I just want to encourage you today......next year we will celebrate 30 years of marriage. Some were VERY DIFFICULT years. They were not all rosy. But with grace and mercy, we have made it this far. Will we have more difficult times? Yes, likely....because we are still sinners. We are still very different and opposite types of personalities. He still puts up with me....even though I leave piles sometimes for way too long. Even though I overschedule myself and then don't have time for the right things. And yes, he still has a few areas where the thirty years of training doesn't stick...LOL...we are human, we are married, but it still takes time invested to keep the commitment in the forefront of our minds.
We are now empty-nesters....all those years of nursing, baths, homework, sports, band rehearsals, recitals, gymnastics, piano lessons, cleaning up vomit, bandaging hurts, emergency room visits, etc....they are now past us, pretty much. And we find ourselves with our worlds not so much revolving around our children's activities. We are faced with one another, and a time to get to know one another again.....we had our first born right before our first anniversary, so we've not known very much life without children. Hello new world. I realize that not everyone reading this will relate. Some of you may still be in the diaper years, the intense years of training, but they will fly by, I tell you. It doesn't seem like it while each day seems to last much longer than 24 hours...but it does. They will soon be going to junior high, to High School Prom, off to college!!
And some of you may be in the throes of adolescent years, which are so difficult. They think you know NOTHING, understand nothing of what they are facing, and that phase will last a few more years.....but the good news is when they reach about 23 or 24, you suddenly get a little wiser, and more desirable to hang around! Yes, life is complicated. Life takes hard work. Life with a family takes commitment. But what an investment, what a legacy.