28 May 2013

reflecting on a year of marriage

28 May 2013
since we just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, i wanted to take a minute to reflect on our first year of marriage and what i've learned.


in no particular order:

1. marriage really does take work...
2. but it's totally worth it.
3. it's really fun to celebrate a whole bunch of "firsts," like your first Christmas as a married couple.
4. even if you feel ready for it, marriage is an adjustment, and it takes some negotiation and time to settle into it.
5. being married makes you feel kinda grown up...
6. and people treat you like you're more grown up too.
7. saying "husband" feels strange for a long time...
8. but i like the way "wife" sounds when he says it.
9. you realize you have a blank slate to build and shape your little family so it's what both of you want.
10. it's important to grow together, but just as important to grow as individuals.
11. i'm proud to wear my rings and i love seeing a wedding band on his hand.
12. not everyone will respect your marriage; it's your job to protect and honor it.
13. it's important to treasure these early, quiet, simple days.

25 comments:

Rachel said...

Congrats on your one-year anniversary!

Alison Dulaney said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! xo

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, lady! :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, rachel!!

Koru Kate said...

Happy First Anniversary! Cheers to many, many more~

Natalie Merrillyn said...

Love this! Happy one year!

Taylor O'Shaughnessy said...

happy one year :) beautiful photo

Lena said...

Happy anniversary, beauty–and brava for being so honest about the joys and challenges of marriage. Toasting you both and many more years together!

ashley nicole catherine said...

thank you so much, jen! how exciting that you're just coming up on your first anniversary - have fun celebrating! and i'm totally with you on it feeling brand new and lived in all at the same time :) and it IS refreshing and scary to build your lives any way you want, right?? part of me loves the freedom, but i'm also wondering if there is a guide book i can reference. xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, meghan! you'll have lots to look forward to then! :) xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, lady! it felt really nice to share :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

thank you!!

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, natalie! xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much!! :)

Jessica Marquez said...

Loving this pretty list! So agree! Our 1 year is in September! Congrats to you two, Happiest of Anniversaries!

Miss Margarita said...

happy first anniversary!!

ashley nicole catherine said...

ahh i missed your engagement!! CONGRATS!!! so exciting and i love that you're getting in married. my mom so super sad we didn't get married back home, so i will live vicariously through yours! xx

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much!

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, jessica!! you'll be celebrating too in no time :)

Annie said...

So beautiful, love this. Happy one year!

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, lady :) xx

Samantha Peterson said...

I loved reading this, my fiance and I are getting married a year from tomorrow and we live together, but I'm excited for the changes to come once we say 'I do!" Happy first anniversary!

diane {a spot of whimsy} said...

This was beautiful, Ash. Congratulations on 1 Year and I wish you many, many more.

Johanna said...

Love this!

Susan said...

Congratulations on your first anniversary. Cute list & gorgeous photo of you two.

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