Happy New Year!

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Looking back on 2014, we celebrated many things. Here are some of the major events (in chronological order):

  • Malachi turned one!
  • I graduated from seminary!
  • We celebrated 8 years of marriage!

I am not sure which of the above three items is the most shocking…perhaps being married for so long. And a lot sure has happened over the course of our 8 years together.

For instance:

  • We are on our 9th car (don’t ask).
  • Lived in 4 different apartments in 2 different states in 4 different cities/towns.
  • Worked at least 10 jobs between the two of us.
  • Had 2 kids.

But marriage and year end celebrations are about so much more than numbers…

It’s loving each other’s strength and weaknesses.

It’s putting up with each other’s quirky family members.

It’s loving each other even when you’re angry.

It’s testing the limits of “rich or poor” and “in sickness or in health.”

It’s loving the other person for who they are, not who you want them to be.

It’s about embracing endless change and endless monotony. 

It’s wrestling through life side by side.

Though not speaking directly about marriage, the apostle’s words in Philippians 4:12-13 aptly apply to married life and really all of life: I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Happy 2015!