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My husband and I have been married for three years and love each other very much, but it really bothers me when people talk up the honeymoon stage. I feel like our marriage has been difficult ever since day one and not only is the honeymoon stage over, it never really began. We feel like we got gypped.
Is this normal?
I’ve brought in some (animal) friends to tell you something very important— you are not alone in feeling this way.
I’ve heard on both ends where some couples say the first few years of marriage are incredibly difficult, and others say it has been bliss!
The thing to remember is that every relationship is unique.
And though you may experience difficult seasons, that doesn’t mean you have made a wrong choice in your marriage.
You’ve made a lifelong commitment to each other— you’ll be able to look back after this time passes and see the highs and lows you went through…together. Obviously from this email I don’t get the sense that either one of you have violated your commitment or are in harms way. With that, I would challenge you to commit to six months or a year of shifting your perspective of not talking about a separation or divorce, and instead replace that thinking with “We will be together forever.”
Together forever…just like me and my kitchen table friends.
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