On December 17th, Damir and I celebrated 5 years of marriage together! We didn't do much. With a newborn, it was hard to get our act together, but we did manage to take a beautiful hike to Gazzam Lake (it even snowed lightly!) with our baby and our pup. We also cooked a delicious dinner and snuggled up on the couch in front of the TV.
I won't lie and say that our marriage is perfect, stress-free, and totally romantic. We've had more than our share of long distance, which you know if you've been reading my posts for some time. We've had too many financial woes and sometimes it feels like we're only now starting to get our act together (probably because we are). And now with our baby girl, who is quite demanding, we're entering a new phase of struggle that feels almost never ending. But we're in this together and even though I am incredibly snappy and sleep deprived, I realize how lucky I am to have a man who wakes up in the middle of the night to grab a diaper or swaddle, who cleans the house and cooks dinner because I can't put Keira down some nights, who walks the dog in 30 degree weather after working a full day, and who puts up with my *almost* daily breakdowns.
I don't know how many couples could have survived the distance that we've endured. I've learned a lot about selflessness and patience, which hopefully will be useful for motherhood. I've also learned not to take everything so damn seriously. Very few things are going to go according to the plan I have in my head, and that's ok. Probably even better! I have a lot of faith in our marriage and I think we've got a pretty exciting and bright future ahead of us.