7 Things We Learned in 7 Years of Marriage
It’s our anniversary. Here are 7 things we’ve learned in the first 7 years of marriage.

First Thing:

It was a particularly hard week. I (Tim) was behind on work. The van had broken down and needed to be fixed. And probably the worst of all, the dentist announced that I had 2 cavities (I really hate cavities). As I climbed into the car on Thursday morning, I noticed a pink card on the dashboard that said, “You’re My Star.”

I’m not even sure when Olive had time to make a card and put it in the car without me noticing. She had been complaining of being tired as of late. I had been doing my best to help out extra around the house all month, staying up late to wash the dishes and waking up early to watch the kids. But I was tired too. In the card my wife wrote that she noticed. She noticed that I was helping out more and she appreciated it.

It’s hard to describe what I felt when I read the card. It was like my chest swelled up with pride, knowing that my extra effort had made a difference and had been noticed. The gift of appreciation strengthened me, and I felt like I could wash another 1000 dishes and wake up with the kids at 6am for another 100 days.

2nd thing: Margin Helps Our Marriage

3rd thing: As Strong as the Weakest

4th thing: Children Add Strain to Marriage

5th thing: Bring Out the Best

6th thing: Waiting Together, the Hard Times

7th thing: Rich Traditions

Written by Tim and Olive Chan

Tim and Olive Chan

Olive is a friendly introvert and recovering perfectionist. Tim is a cheerful pessimist and always thinking. He especially enjoys being a husband to Olive and father to Alena and Kayla. Tim currently works as the Marketing Strategist for Coracle Marketing, and Olive is the writer and web designer. They started Coracle Marketing together in 2013. Olive has been a contributor to Converge Magazine, SheLoves Magazine, and Hello VanCity.