Marriage 101

Marriage to me means the union of two people who love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. Marriage is a life long commitment that requires hard work from both parties to make it last forever.

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My husband and I have been together for 15 years (8 married years). We have had our ups and downs as many couples do but we never give up on each other. Many other couples have asked us for relationship advice and our answer has always been the same: trust, communication, understanding and a lot of compromising.

Above all, we love and respect one another and that carries us on. No matter what curve balls that are thrown our way, we know that we are always there for one another. And at the end of the day that is what counts for us. I read a piece in a book given to me on my wedding day that I will share in this blog as the words are inspiring.

Marriage Is…

A commitment. Its success doesn’t depend on feelings, circumstances, or moods – but on two people who are loyal to each other and the vows they took on their wedding day.

Hard work. It means chores, disagreements, misunderstandings, and times when you might not like each other very much. When you work at it together, it can be the greatest blessing in the world.

A relationship where two people must listen, compromise, and respect. It’s an arrangement that requires a multitude of decisions to be made together. Listening, respecting, and compromising go a long way toward keeping peace and harmony.

A union in which two people learn from their mistakes, accept each other’s faults, and willingly adjust behaviors that need to be changed. It’s caring enough about each other to work through disappointing and hurtful times, and believing in the love that brought you together in the first place.

Patience and forgiveness. It’s being open and honest, thoughtful and kind. Marriage means talking things out, making necessary changes, and forgiving each other. It’s unconditional love at its most understanding and vulnerable – love that supports, comforts, and is determined to triumph over every challenge and adversity.

Marriage is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals…they are even better together.

By: Barbara Cage, Marriage is A Promise of Love

– Momma Braga

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