Graham and I celebrated our fifth anniversary on Sept. 20. I can’t believe it’s been five years since we got Maui’d at Gannon’s restaurant in Hawaii in what I felt was the perfect ceremony for us. Time flies when you’re moving 1,700 miles, saying goodbye to our dog Taylor, becoming parents to two girls, celebrating a World Series win and buying a home, with lots of other memories in between. I realize this post is a bit late, but I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate our five years of marriage.
I’m not going to lie: This last year has been the most challenging. Transitions are always hard. But every day we make a choice. We choose each other and our family. We have to be on the same team. People say marriage is work because it is.
I would share what I’ve learned about marriage so far but it’s the classic stuff you hear all the time. It takes compromise and sometimes even outside guidance.
Some of the tips that are helping us:
- Learn each other’s love language and apply it to your daily life.
- Check in with each other regularly.
- It’s OK to seek outside guidance/counseling if you need help communicating.
- Communicate your needs instead of assuming someone knows them.
After everything we’ve experienced, I’m still pretty confident in us. So much so that I want to plan a vow renewal in 2024 in Maui. Save the date!
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Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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