Amber Jefferies

Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Anniversary

Happy first anniversary to the love of my life. Now I know how everyone feels when they say "I can't believe it's been a year." I can't believe it's been a year. I still vividly remember exactly what I was feeling when I woke up on this day last year. I was surprisingly calm. The morning passed slowly and we got ready and eventually made our way to the church. The minute I turned the corner to walk down the aisle I felt an almost tangible feeling of excitement. I felt like I could reach out and touch the happiness in the air. It was the best moment of my life so far. I'll never forget how I felt on that day.
Now here we are... an entire year later. Every day has been a bigger blessing than the previous one and I love him more with every passing moment. Here are a few things I've learned or things that have helped guide me through my first year as a wife:

Put God First
I have been taught this my whole life, but it has never rung truer than it has this past year. My very favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:3-6. "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." Having faith makes the hard times easier and the good times amazing.

Merging two lives together can be a challenge, but compromise is key. Choose your battles wisely.

The Power of Apology and Forgiveness
Always apologize and always forgive.

Show Your Appreciation
People like to know that they're appreciated. Always show your appreciation for the way your husband makes you feel and for the things he does for you.

Learn to Appreciate the Differences
If we didn't have differences, how boring would that be? Learn to appreciate the differences, and when you can't, revert back to the power of compromise.

Make Time For Each Other
Life is busy. It is very rare that we have nothing to do. It seems like we're always on the go. Hunter still schedules date nights though and I appreciate it more than he knows. It's nice to slow down and do something together, whether it's something small like watching a movie or something bigger like a weekend get away.

Never Stop Looking for Ways to Impress Them
When Hunter and I exchanged letters before our wedding, one of the lines that stuck out to me the most in his letter was "I'll never stop looking for ways to impress you." And he hasn't. He impresses me every single day with his infectious kindness and his diligent work ethic.

Don't Take Things Too Seriously
Be with someone who makes you laugh until you can't breathe.

Be Proud
Always, always, always be in your spouses corner. Be their number one fan. Talk them up. Cheer them on. Show them off. Always be proud of them.
Everyone tells you the first year of marriage is hard, but I have to disagree. Waking up every morning next to someone who loves you unconditionally is not hard. Loving them back is not hard. The curveballs life throws you are hard. But my first year of marriage has been anything but hard. Hunter is my best friend and loving him is easy.
Thanks for stopping by! xo

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