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This post by Richard Paul Evans is profound and a beautiful portrayal of how hard -but oh so worth it- marriage can be.

The hubs and I will celebrate 33 years of marriage on 6/24 and we too have spent years fighting, in silence, distant and discouraged… and in the midst of them there was joy, laughter, connection.

All of it stemmed from a deep desire to know and be known, to love and be loved. Clumsy at times, downright ugly at others, juxtaposed with sweet moments of enjoying our kids, or tender glimpses of our best selves and the marrige we longed for.

My marriage is the soil for my greatest growth, my most devastating mistakes, the acute pain and wonder of hope.

Today, on this side of fighting to not just stay married – but to build a loving, initimate, transparent, safe, and deeply connected marriage – we are grateful and enjoying the fruits of our hard work, both individually and together.

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