We've known each other for 24 years this year -- dating for roughly 23 of those. (The first year we just giggled at each other -- one thinking the other was a geek and the other thinking the one was a snob...I'll let you guess who's is who.)
It's amazing to think that 16 years have passed since we said our "I do"s...16 years since I walked down the aisle promising myself that I would remember every second of it...and I WOULD. NOT. CRY...hmm...
In honor of the 16 years, I decided to compile a list of 16 "lessons" (really) learned during our years of marriage.
Ready? Here goes:
- Don't take yourself too seriously.
- Love doesn't make the world go 'round...but it helps.
- Never stop making time for each other.
- Fights happen.
- When fights happen...make cookies.
- Be honest with each other.
- Never give in to the attitude of the world. Marriage is hard work but very much worth it.
- Marriage before kids is...."boring."
- No matter how well you thought you knew yourself before marriage...you didn't.
- Time apart is sometimes necessary...and healthy.
- Take time to remember your dating years.
- Share your stories and experiences -- both good and bad -- with your children.
- Realize -- and accept -- that you're going to make mistakes.
- Have fun together.
- Remember the "good ol' days"...because you're living them now.
- Always be your spouse's BFF.