“Mawwiage is what bwings us togethah today. Wove, twue wove….” One of my favorite quotes from a wonderful classic! Still don’t know where it’s from?

Ben and I spent the morning with a dozen other married or about to be married couples for a marriage seminar. A couple came to speak last night and today about having an “Emotionally Healthy Marriage.” One other time we went to a marriage conference, less than a year after we were married. I REALLY didn’t want to go but a sweet neighbor lady bought and paid for our tickets to go…..So we went. It was okay. I don’t remember much about it except for the husband of the speaker couple saying, “Neked!” yeah…..blocking memories now…

Today’s topics, however, were very refreshing. Interspersed throughout the topics of discussion were 10 minute exercises between spouses to talk about things. It was really nice to take time “appreciating” each other and talking about why certain arguments might start between you or if there are certain areas of your marriage you’d like to work on, etc.

And I walked away feeling incredibly thankful for my husband and the relationship that we have. We have our faults, our fights, our annoying habits; what couple doesn’t? But what we also have is the Third cord in our marriage that gives us the strength of daily and lifetime commitment no matter what we go through, laughter that ties us together through small circumstances and big ones, steadiness and complete faithfulness to each other, and the choice to love and forgive each day of our life together. We were tied together by that third strand in a way that neither one of us were prepared for when we made that step; after all, who really is?But now as we sit and reflect over the incredibly tight bond and friendship that has formed over the past 6 1/2 years of marriage, through our ups and downs, trials and joys, we can see how woven we are together. Imagine how I will feel 25 years from now? Or 50?

Thank you, God, for blessing me with an incredible man to share my life with.


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