Every time someone asks me how I’m enjoying the married life, my response is, “it’s amazing!” There are so many things I enjoy about being married but here are a few of my favorites:

Sleeping together
I was never one of those people who dreaded having to share a bed with someone. I wasn’t interested in having separate bedrooms so it was just something I accepted as part of marriage. After a couple weeks of being married though, I realized how much joy it brings me. There is something special about sharing space with my husband in general, but there is a comfort and safety I experience when I wake up in the middle of the night and he’s laying next to me. All seems right with the world.

Meals
I know this will be a shocker for some seeing as how I’ve never been a huge fan of cooking but I have actually enjoyed preparing dinner for my husband or telling him I’m picking something up. Whether it’s a new recipe or something I’ve cooked for him before or Chick-Fil-A, I’m happy that I’m able to give him one less thing to add to his to-do list. I’m also happy that I married someone who doesn’t always expect me to cook and sometimes he’ll take care of the meals.

Laughing
Laughing is one of my favorite things to do and I’ve gotten to do so much more of it since I’ve been married. I found Desmond highly entertaining before we got married but since we’ve been living together, I can’t think of many nights that have gone by that I haven’t laughed. Most of the time he’s not trying to make me laugh and questioning what was so funny which makes it all the funnier to me.

Planning
This one surprised me because I’m highly independent and enjoy making decisions by myself, but as with most things, Desmond is the exception to my rules. When you’re dating someone, often times you dream about the future and what could possibly happen if the relationship goes the distance, but once you’re married, you actually get to plan for it. I absolutely love discussing how we’ll raise our kids and what vacations will look like and what color scheme the dining room will be. It literally makes me giddy inside (and I don’t get giddy, well unless Desmond is around)

Forever, ever
I often ask Desmond, “so we get to do this forever?” All of it still seems so unreal at times but I’m grateful that my forever will always include him and I have the opportunity to love him with my whole heart for my whole life.

Ecclesiastes 3:12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. (NLT)

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