The other day we were at the hospital getting Nick’s leg checked out. He broke his leg, the poor guy! He is such a champ. I know if I had a broken leg I would be a champion whiner. When we were waiting to get called in for his X-RAY, I started chatting up a sweet lady. Her name was Joni, and she was there for her daughter’s leg. I was reading ‘Big Little Lies’ by Liane Moriarty and recommended it to her. We started chatting about our loved one’s leg injuries, books, and life. I asked Joni how long she has been married to her husband. Jonie responded with an amazing ‘59 years’.
I know you are all dying to know – what has been Joni’s magic trick for having a healthy, happy marriage for this long? She said the first important thing is love, then the second is working at it. She also recommended date nights, which I love.
I am so in love with Nick – I love him now more than I have in our almost five years together. I had a vision of marriage that was Pinterest-perfect meals and amazing date nights. Real life is way more authentic and gritty than that. I want to learn how to embrace that grit more each day. I want to learn how to celebrate our marriage every day.
We celebrated our anniversary last night with the best fish and chips dinner (for me), and Nick had a burger. That supper was amazing. It was like heaven in my mouth. I was so happy!
I have learned so much on this wild marriage journey. It has been harder than I ever thought and makes me believe in Jesus a bit more every day because we love each other more.