5 Years of marriage being a military spouse.

Wow, I can't believe it's been five years already! They say time flies by when you're having fun and we sure have been on a rollercoaster. Marriage is a beautiful thing and everyday I have learned something new about my husband. It's crazy how much I prepared to take pictures in celebration of walking into a year with my good thing. Looking at the pictures I noticed they symbolize each year of our marriage. 

1st Year

1st Year

The first year of our marriage was definitely a year we relied on each other, we went from newly weds to the military life in an instant. Our relationship consisted of letters and a few quick phone calls in a blink of an eye. The first year of marriage we learned how to rely on each other emotionally, entering into a lifetime covenant together and career change within a few months was stressful but it made our bond stronger. 

2nd Year

2nd Year

What's so funny about this picture is our balloons did not cooperate throughout our photo session. We had to deal with unexpected interruptions with the balloons and in the second year of our marriage, we dealt with unexpected interruptions due to life. We learned in the second year of marriage that even though you plan for things to happen, plans could change. Moving to a new state and a surprise deployment is never easy but we worked together regardless of what came our way, we really became a team. 

3rd Year

3rd Year

Every couple will face trials and tribulations together, it's up to them whether they can handle it or not. We faced another unexpected deployment and a tragic loss in year 3, instead of throwing in the towel we bonded more. Despite the circumstances, our ability to love each other superseded the tough times that came our way. 

4th Year

4th Year

Let go and let loose pretty much sums up year four! We learned the importance of communication and the ability to just be who we are. Due to the deployments, we were able to make up for the time we were apart from each other. Making sure we spent time together outside of work, volunteer service or our daughter's extra curricular activities was a priority.  

Year of Grace (Year 5)

Year of Grace (Year 5)

I'm excited to see what this year will bring for us; in the short amount of time that we have been married we have been through the good times and some tough times. I wouldn't trade it for the world! To grow with the one you love is an amazing thing. Joe, I love you with everything in me! Let's continue to make wonderful memories together.