I am sure you are tired of hearing me shouting from the mountain tops “I’ve been married 14 years!!!”. Can you stand it just one more time? I mean, now I have been married 14 years and one day, after all. 🙂
It’s almost impossible to be married this long without learning a few things. Marriage has taught me much more than patience and grace (kidding honey!). (having kids teaches you that). Here are 14 things I have learned about marriage, in honor of 14 years of marriage!
1. I’m not always right. I’m just not. This is where my husband learns patience and grace. It can’t be easy being married to someone who thinks she can’t ever be wrong.
2. If my husband looks at what I’m buying and says “maybe you should try it on” or “I think you would get the bigger one”, LISTEN! I should not drive home 2 ours and realize it is a bit too small for my growing belly. It automatically becomes your Pre-teen’s, then.
3. When he says the speed limit on that road is 35, it really is. You don’t need to “prove” it because you will look like a fool.
4. Pregnancy after 14 years of marriage is much different than at one year of marriage. It doesn’t come with the same drama. Patience and grace have been accumulated and are much easier to give.
5. If there is something he doesn’t like to do (change diapers), I just do it. It’s not a big deal, even if everyone around tells me “don’t let him get away with that”. I’m thankful that I just do it, especially when one of the kids throws up all over and he cleans it up without hesitation, because he knows I hate it. (or will cry and throw up too)
6. Saying “I’m sorry” will not kill me. It makes me a bit humble too.
7. Marriages can be saved. It started when I took that advice and prayed for God to change ME.
8. The habits I think are “bad” are a part of him. Nobody is perfect and I have a few bad habits of my own.
9. It’s easier for him to be honest with me when I LET him. If he knows I am going to freak out over what he tells me, he is less likely to be forthcoming with the truth.
10. He is not a typical guy. He chose me.
11. When I changed how I talked about him to others, it changed how I felt about him.
12. Respecting him really does make him love me the way I want to be loved.
13. When he brought home flowers at the beginning of our marriage, I shouldn’t have worried about the cost. I also should not have said anything. It was a long, long time before he did it again… And it was my fault.
14. I would do this all again. Every single part of it. The good, the not so good. It’s worth it.
are you married? What has marriage taught you?