It is for me. I think about my family. My natural family dynamic was one largely of dysfunction growing up, and through my marriage, I have been given a family who loves me just like I am.
They're my inlaws (and outlaws) and I am better because of them. I have been blessed with children who make me proud to be a mom, and who are some of my very best friends.
Each of us has our own unique story of triumphs and struggles, and I love these kids ferociously. There isn't anything I wouldn't give to or do for any of them. I think about that day sixteen years ago, at 4:20 p.m., when my six-year old bestie walked me down the make-shift aisle. He was brave in his black tuxedo with winter white and gold trims... the two of us stepping toward a new life God set before us, and a family we would love for the rest of our lives.
As I think about these 16 years my husband and I have shared together, it is with deep gratitude and knowing that it has not been just all about us. That day marked a significant turn of events in each of our lives. Together, we have shared times of great celebration and accomplishments, and there have been times when I have begged God to take away our circumstance.
My marriage has been so much more than just a relationship. It has shaped my choices and formed my life.
It has given me people to love, and experiences I wouldn't have asked for, but that I also wouldn't give back.
My marriage is so much more than my relationship. It is everything I value and all I have ever wanted.