Tomorrow marks 11 months of wedded bliss for the Knierims and I just can’t even believe it! I’m really hoping it flew by because we packed as many things into it as we could and that’s not actually how most fast years pass. Someone tell me that’s the case…. *hits pause button*
It’s been quite the year to say the least – full of SO many emotional highs and even a few lows. We’ve laughed a ton, travelled a lot, I’ve cried (and Tyler has so patiently dealt with it), and we’ve grown together. And to tell you the truth, we’ve learned that marriage isn’t easy. In fact, most days it’s really, really hard. I’d be lying if I told you we had it all figured out – how to communicate, how to love effectively, the list goes on and on. I’m sure many married folk would tell you that you never really figure it all out. Tyler has learned that I NEED (read: NEED) to talk about my days in length from start to finish. I have learned that he NEEDS to watch the news in silence in the morning so I sneak out the door for the gym and try my best to give him his quiet hour. Balance. (okay… on second thought, maybe we HAVE figured something about marriage out in these past 11 months).
If I had any advice for “newlyweds” or anyone in a serious relationship, it would be to remember to stay connected. It’s so easy to get caught up in the quick pace of life and not devote time to one another. We’re guilty of settling into the couch & recliner, turning on a TV show, and not talking for a couple hours. But….we’re also REALLY good at unplugging and spending time doing things we love – Jeeping to Cooper’s, having Mollie take us on a walk (yep, that’s how it goes down), and spending time with our families. There are so many distractions that the devil wants you to say ‘yes’ to, but remembering each other above anything else is absolutely key to a successful relationship. Sometimes, this means saying ‘no’ to things you really want to do with your friends (which has been hard for me) and remembering that your time is better spent with each other – developing your relationship and conquering the world!
I’m thankful for these past 11 months as husband and wife and I wouldn’t change a single thing about the trials and triumphs we shared. This “beginning” has me so excited for more trips around the sun (and the world) with my dude! Here’s to forever – US AGAINST THE WORLD.
P.S. Blogging about our “one year” a little early because as is Knierim tradition, we’ll be in San Francisco exploring. One day we’ll slow down…. one day!