There was a time when I wondered if I would ever get married and now here I am celebrating ten years of marriage. It is hard to believe that it has been that long.
I was 35 when I finally tied the knot. My whole life has changed. I am not the same person today.
I certainly feel like we have grown closer over the years. Even though we have so many differences, it seems we have more in common after ten years.
We first met when I was just finishing up Bible college and really had no direction or job prospects. On a practical level, the timing was great to get married.
It was not the reason to get married, but it definitely was on my mind. I wanted a life partner and a person that shared my faith. My future husband was in Bible college when I met him so that was a real bonus for me.
Our faith helps our commitment to each other. Everyday we say I love you and we don't bad mouth each other to other people. It is important for us to support and encourage the other.
We are accountable to each other and openly share our phone and e-mails. I think these are all things that help us have a strong marriage.
When we were first married, we lived in a tiny apartment, but about six years ago we moved to a home in a semi-rural area. Over the years, we have had a large garden and two ponds. We ended up chicken parents when a stray one wandered into our yard.
All of these things led to me starting my Faithful Homesteader blog. If it wasn't for my husband, I doubt my life would have gone in that direction.
I have evolved over the years and now we even have a puppy. I have always preferred the low-maintenance lifestyle of cats. We are also proud parents to our sweet cat Abigail.
We bought an old church bus that we are turning into a tiny home. I have even worked on the bus myself. I cut wood and put up some walls.
I don't know if it is all the marriage or not, but I have become a lot more adventurous in my older age. I went off-roading with my husband. We did a rock climbing wall and trampoline park.
I am learning to work on my truck. My husband walked me through replacing the belt on our garage door. I replaced some parts on my dryer.
I like that my husband is able to teach me a lot of things. It definitely gives me plenty to write about and gives me a sense of accomplishment. I think we make a good team.
I am not sure what is in store for the next ten years, but I know we will be there for one another. Marriage is hard, but if both are willing to put in the work, it can be rewarding.
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