Nothing could have been farther from what happened. Our lives did become more stressful and busy and selfless. We did give up things, things we'd never trade back if we could. We learned to work hard for what mattered most, we learned much about each other. We faced hard situations and our own hard hearts. I learned that that new-fresh love is weak compared to this deep love, that continues to deepen. Looking back I realize that I doubted the love we had because I was so afraid it could be lost. Now I know that our love is real. I trust Joe's love for me, I trust him.
We haven't been perfect, we aren't perfect. We have learned and grown and we know that we will continue to learn and grow. It's exciting and scary to think of all that waits for us in the future, but I know that God is faithful. These first 9 years are a treasure to me, a gift.