Celebrating My 6th Wedding Anniversary: What I’ve Learned About Being Happy in Marriage

by Dr. Aesha on September 3, 2012

 

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Celebrating My 6th Wedding Anniversary: What I've Learned About Being Happy in Marriage

By Aesha Adams-Roberts

 

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated 6 wonderful years of marriage. Six years ago, I joined hands with the man of my dreams and vowed to love him forever! It was one of the best days of my life; I say "one of" because there have been so many other "best days" since we've gotten married. 

In honor of our anniversary, I'd like to take a walk down memory lane and share some reflections about being happy in marriage. 

 

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"You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly." -Sam Keen

When I was dating, I struggled to be the "perfect woman" thinking that would solve my dating problems. It wasn't until I experienced my husband's love for me–flaws and all–that I understood that love is not about being the perfect person or finding the perfect person, but by loving fully and perfectly.  

"A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers." -Ruth Bell Graham

Forgiveness is essential to happiness in a marriage. It isn't always easy to forgive and ask for forgiveness. But getting good at forgiveness–for big things and little things–keeps bitterness away and opens the door to happiness. 

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A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.  ~Mignon McLaughlin
 
At our wedding, my husband vowed to do something every day to cause me to fall in love again.  It was very romantic. But it also was a great prinicple to staying happy in marriage. We've made the choice to stay in love through a miscarriage, an 18-month deployment, challenging pregnancies, sickness, career changes and more.   

 
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An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.  ~Author Unknown
 
My husband and I ended our anniversary celebration with a long, leisurely, romantic walk by a beautiful bay. The sun glistened on the water as we talked and laughed about our favorite memories, what we love about our life together now, and our plans for the future.  We don't know what life has in store for us, but we choose to believe it's all good!  To stay happy in marriage, it's so important to stay connected and to look forward to the future. 
 
What have you learned about being happy in marriage? Please share in a comment below!  
 
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