Today, Bob and I celebrate 7 years of marriage and 17 years together in total (see us back in '96 when we started dating? We were so young!). People talk about the seven year itch, and I've always wondered if I'd feel it. I can say that this year was the toughest year of marriage for us yet. We had a lot of new factors on our plate including our new baby (and deciding how to raise her), finally being established with our jobs (and the decision to take care of our families), and simply just changing and growing both together and on our own. It was certainly a year full of both ups and downs (mostly for me as I struggled with juggling it all), and luckily we came out of it stronger and with a better understanding of ourselves and each other.
Marriage is not perfect. Marriage is by no means easy. But if you are lucky enough to find someone who complements both your good days and your bad days, that's what makes it all worth it.
Happy 7 years to my much better half and for standing by my moments of both tears and laughter in our life together.