What can I say about marriage? What is something that would stick out? Something that grabs your attention and captivates? Something that changes your perspective on marriage by sharing how awesome my marriage is?
When I was 17 years old I never thought I would live to see my 18th birthday and now I am talking about being married for 8 years. As I reflect on the last eight years of marriage I am not going to give three points to a better marriage. I don't have the top ten moments of our marriage to share with everyone. Actually as I reflect on our marriage, today, I am just thankful.
To be honest we have been through some rough times in our marriage. Charity has had to deal with my craziness for over eight years now; if you know me I am a little crazy. I love to tell people about Jesus. I constantly think ahead which means I have to be intentional to be present. I love to dream. I like to save money. I love animals. I frequently think about snowboarding. Now add to all of this the fact that for most of our marriage I was working on Seminary (only took me six years to finish a three year degree).
In addition to my crazy stuff we decided to add kids to the mix. Did I mention that our first daughter didn't come home with us from the hospital? Ya, she was born and then taken immediately to NICU: do not pass GO, do not spend time with your parents, do not breastfeed, just go directly to baby jail. Somehow, after that, I was able to talk her into having another kid!
As I reflect on the last eight years I am in AWE of the love of my wife for me. I am so blessed to be married to such an amazing women. I think about all the fun that we have experienced together. I think of the adventures that we have taken. I think about going to: Jamaica, Mexico, Italy, Africa, Disneyland, and Washington. I think about how supportive you are that you left everything to move to Vegas and San Mateo when I felt God was calling us there.
I guess the one thing I would say about the last eight years of marriage is that I am lucky. I was able to marry my best friend and the person I want to do life with. Thanks for doing life with me Charity Benson!