Three Years of Marriage

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Three years ago today, my husband and I were married. Three years of a wonderful life and marriage together through the hardships and through the good times. I feel as though we are only just learning about each other though, the rest is yet to come!

This Anniversary is different though. We will not get to spend it together. This past week I have watched all the Anniversary posts pop up on Facebook (December must be a big month for weddings) and I am sad that I will not be able to spend mine with my husband. Yes, I am with family, but since my in-law’s work and take the cars, I will be spending it quietly here at the house like any other normal day.

I am trying not to feel sad, trying to make the most of it, but the plain, cold fact is that it’s too hard. The fact that my husband is also missing Christmas, and will miss my birthday and Valentine’s Day does not help either.

I am grateful that through the past few months of this deployment, we are still going strong. That this has served to make our relationship stronger and to make each of us stronger. Sure it will be hard when he comes back, but I keep thinking if we can make it through this, then we can make it through anything.

For those who may be new readers and for those who may have missed a post or two, here is a little about our wedding, love story, and beyond!

How we met and fell in love: Our Love Story.
How I knew he was “the one”: Finding “The One”
How he proposed: The Proposal.
A flashback of our wedding with pictures: Our First Wedding Anniversary
Our first year anniversary gifts: Anniversary presents
Our second anniversary and presents: Two Years of Marriage
Life as a military wife and how I became a military wife: My Military Wife Story
A letter about our military life together: A Letter to my Military Husband
My superman, about how awesome my hubby is: Superman of the Month!

About my marriage how it’s perfect to me: Marriage: The Good, the Bad, & The Ugly

Every year my husband and I work hard at trying to pick out an Anniversary gift that is from off of the traditional anniversary gift list. It’s a lot of fun seeing what we both can come up with. The first year was paper, the second was cotton and this year (the third) is leather. You can see what I gifts I gave my husband previously in the links above.

I decided to look up why leather was picked for the third anniversary and this is what I found…

“The 3rd wedding anniversary is often when a couple is aware of their durability of their relationship. That is why leather is the traditional gift for this celebration. As a material, leather is durable, warm, strong, flexible, and has a sense of resilency to it. These are qualities that help marriages continue to thrive.”

Very interesting and very true! I think we can look back and see where we have been and we can definitely have a sense of where we are going together and in our marriage. It’s a great feeling!

So now I am sure you are all wondering what I decided to get my husband this year. We actually already had gotten each other anniversary gifts, but since we still wanted to stick with the traditional, I told him to just do something small in leather and I would too. I scoured the internet in search of something perfect and after much deliberation this is what I came up with (picture on the left).

It’s a leather case for headphones! And of course I got it personalized with his first initial – “J”. He has a really expensive pair of headphones that his dad gave him and this will be a perfect place to put them. Good for traveling too!

My husband got me a journal from the desert. He finds all kinds of cool things overseas since he is deployed. Here is the picture of the leather journal he got me. It’s from his ipad so the picture isn’t that great….

I am excited to see what he wrote in it for me!

I am so blessed to have been married to my husband these past three years. I am so thankful for him and that God gave us to each other.

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    1. Thank you so much! My day was not great at all, but after I got back from my in-law’s I went out with a friend for dinner to “celebrate” so that was nice. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

    1. Thank you so much Miranda! I am sorry you guys missed too. It wasn’t a great day, but a couple weeks later I went out with a friend and “celebrated” and it was nice. 🙂

  1. I am sorry to read that you and your hubby will not be spending your anniversary together or future holidays. Just remember this is a mere chapter that is the story of your life together and the best has yet to come. I have been married for 8 years and I feel like each year brings challenges and how we handle those challenges, as a couple, determines the strength and foundation of our marriage. And always remember there are three in your marriage, you, your hubby, and the Lord. Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment and encouragement! What you said is so true, and I am so glad that my husband and I have learned to get through this together and that no matter what we still love each other.

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