My wife and I have been married for 5 years today. I remember the day like it was yesterday, warm sunny beach down in St. Lucia at the beautiful Sandals Regency, now La Toc. Fast forward five years and we’ve come along way. We’ve been blessed with a beautiful son, have paid down enormous amounts of debt and are debt free with cash on hand, we’ve been witness to a lot of friends who’ve also had babies, a wife that has the choice to work or not, and most importantly through the last five years we’ve created a solid foundation in our marriage. We really do owe the success of our marriage to hard work at keeping our marriage strong and by surrounding ourselves with people that also are great examples of marriages.
I’m pumped at what the next 5 years will bring, more kids, continued success with our Amway business, even more savings, upgraded living situation next month, trips, a huge family reunion, weddings, moving to Kelowna, having the choice to step away from my job, and the list goes on.
I’m very proud of my wife and what she’s accomplished over the last five years. I’m more in love with her today than I was the day we were married. She inspires me to become a better man, father and server of other men and for that I’m eternally grateful. I look back at the last five years and I cannot think of anything I would take back and that includes going into what I’d call an almost bankrupt state. We’ve become stronger and wiser for it and can use that to share our story with those we meet.
Five years these days seems like a lot of time yet at the same time it’s not. What’s sad is there is so much divorce these days where people potentially take the easy way out and don’t necessarily work through those problems. I can’t say everything can be worked out but I do believe there is to high of a divorce rate and that needs to change. People taking marriage more serious and actually living the commitment of marriage and being those examples in society is part of what will help change that I believe. Crazy or not, I believe things like that can be changed.
I’ll end off with this bit of advice that has helped me through the last five years. Don’t ever take your spouse for granted, tell them you love them every single day and at minimum before you go to bed, and always make sure to not sweat the small stuff. Oh and read “The Five Love Languages”