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.
One of my (Olive’s) favourite aspects of being married for seven years is that I’ve been able to watch our traditions grow richer.
On the mantle above our fireplace, we have nine small glass jars filled with sand from beaches from all over the world. We’ve collected this sand as we’ve travelled. It began on our honeymoon when we drove down the Oregon coast. It brings us joy every time we think back on these trips.
When we first started collecting sand, it didn’t have as much meaning as it does now. It’s the elements of time and experience that have added the dimension of richness. Our sand jars are tangible reminders of the life we’ve lived.
Crepes for Christmas brunch is another tradition that has gained meaning over the years. These meals are a way for us to mark the passage of time. Each Christmas morning when we sit down to a table of crepes, bananas, Nutella, bacon, and eggs, we remember the years before. We experience it as history layered upon itself. That first year when we decided to start the tradition, we had no clue what it would come to mean seven years later.
Seven years isn’t a particularly long time, but it’s enough of a taste for us to know that as we continue forward, these traditions will only gain meaning and depth as more and more memories are attached to them. It gives us hope and fills us with anticipation for our future together as a family.
1st thing: Appreciation Strengthens Marriage
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