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March 25, 2014

The Things I Learned Our First Year Married

If you would've told me 5 years ago that I would meet the man of my dreams, share 3+ years of dating adventures with him, have the best wedding celebration, and a year later be celebrating a fantastic first year...

I would never have believed you. 
It seemed impossible.
I didn't know that God could have such lavish plans for me.

Like many of you, my young 20's housed a handful of heartbreaks that left me damaged, confused, and distrusting. I finally had enough of the nonsense, pushed through the tears, and I strived to focus on myself. My career. My life. My dreams. Becoming who I was meant to be.

I told God I was completely sick of dating and refused to waste my time until the right one came along. The line was drawn and my feet were planted firmly in the sand.

I grew so much in those 4-5 months after swearing off boys... and then I met Adam. It was the most unexpected, inconvenient time. That wasn't supposed to happen when I was focusing on repairing myself, and I wanted so badly not to like him.

To not feel my knees buckle when he smiled his cute half grin. 
To not melt when he held the door for me... every. single. time. 
To not fist pump in public when I realized true gentlemen actually exist. 

But I couldn't ignore him... and boy did I fall hard.
And five years of blessings later, here I am, married to this ridiculously gorgeous man who makes me waffles, gives great forehead kisses, and constantly tells me I'm beautiful inside and out.

Our marriage is one insane whirlwind of joy that I wouldn't trade for anything, on good days and on tough days. Our forever story began with "I Do" on March 9th, 2013, and what a day full of humility, grace, and excitement.

I know it's only been a year since that magical day, but boy have we come a long way. Who knew there was so much you could learn in just 365 days of being roommates. 
This past year, I've learned...

+ being selfish doesn't work in a marriage, and dying to myself and my needs is a work in progress.

+ that when a Pinterest crockpot meal completely flops, hubs will extend grace in the form of drying tears and a Chipotle run as we discuss how bad our house smells.

+ that king size beds are the shiz.

+ that sometimes the best thing for us is to say no to obligations, and enjoy a quiet evening at home binge watching Homeland and Breaking Bad while curled up in our jammers.

+ that nothing is more fun than finding love notes by my toothbrush, and what's even more fun is hiding one in your car to be found months later.

+ that some days you may have to ask for forgiveness 3 times before noon.

+ that I am really great at starting laundry, and even better at letting it sit wrinkled in a laundry basket until I feel like folding it 2 weeks later.

+ communication, communication, communication.

+ that there is nobody in the world I would rather adventure with hand in hand.

So thankful that God knows the desires of my heart, and even among struggle and heartbreak had an even more incredible plan for me than I could have imagined for myself.

It's insane to think of how much we've grown individually and together this past year, and you know what's even crazier? Trying to imagine the many blessings and wild happenings to come in the next 50 years.

Bring on the rocking chairs and old man suspenders!
All in due time, my friends, we have so much fun to be had before then.

There is nobody I'd rather adventure with than you.
You have my heart now and always. xo

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  1. Love this post, Megan! Congratulations on the first of many joy-filled years!

    1. Aww thank Senushi! This will be you and Ry soon!! :)
      Hope all is wonderful!

  2. You were a gorgeous bride! Fantastic advice, I am getting married in April I liked the insight into what the next year could hold!

    1. Oh my goodness - CONGRATS on your upcoming wedding! There are so many wonderful things in store for you! :)

  3. this is so sweet! congratulations on your anniversary! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

    1. Thank you, Jillian!! :)

  4. Congrats on a year of marriage! I can't believe it's already been a whole year. Crazy!

    1. It seems totally crazy that it's been a year! I sure love that man and it's been a fun celebration!

  5. Love this post so so much!! I'm seriously in the same place you were a few years ago- warding off men and not giving in until that right one comes along! HA. But they do seem to come at the most random, unexpected times, so I'm just waiting for that :) Thanks for giving me hope!! Congrats on a year!! Cheers to many more! xo

    1. I completely hear you, girl! The right one is totally worth holding out for, and he will exceed your wild dreams - trust me! You just keep being your awesome self in the meantime! :) Thanks for the congrats! :)

  6. Happy Anniversary! Our stories seem pretty similar...except our first six months of marriage were the toughest, ever...but we survived it and I love my husband and feel so grateful and blessed to have him. But we were also together 3 years before getting married, and before I met him, I swore I was done, and then I met Jason <3

  7. This is a great post! As someone about to embark on marriage, it's great to see and read about other couples' first years and get an idea of what to expect. :)

  8. A year already?! I could have sworn it was just yesterday you were sharing your wedding photos. So wonderful :)

  9. Love your dress! You look so beautiful!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    *join the Monday Madness link up!*

  10. I absolutely love this post! You and I have more in common than I thought! Andrew and I have a similar story!!


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