September 22, 2012 was our wedding day. Last week we celebrated our three year wedding anniversary. We have not been married for a long time, but we have been through so much together. Today, I saw this quote floating around Facebook:
The couples that are “meant to be” are the ones who go through everything that is meant to tear them apart and come out even stronger than they were before.
We are definitely one of those couples. We have been faced with so much that is meant to tear us apart. I’m not sure if we are stronger yet, but I think we are at a place where we are strong enough. We seem to be in a constant state of “licking our wounds” with short breaks of stability and a chance to remember we can still be happy. Our three years of marriage have not been easy. Somehow we find a way not to give up…on our journey or each other. This marriage has not been all sunshine and roses. At times, we hang by a thread, and at times we can’t let go of each other. Our entire relationship has been overshadowed with fertility issues and two devastating pregnancy losses (amongst life’s other challenges). We’ve shared the roller coaster of hopefulness following an embryo transfer and have had to grieve in our own way every time it has failed. He’s had to watch me lose hope and he’s had to watch happiness fade from my eyes. When I’ve given up, he hasn’t. Somehow, that’s helped me come back to see the light again. When he’s lost, my strength comes back to find him.
Seeing this quote today reminded me that we are strong enough not to be torn apart no matter how close that feels sometimes. We love each other.
Photo by Mary Bernsen