In our sixth year, we moved into our seventh home together, watched our three kids grow, purchased our first house, and experienced the first half of a long term separation. This year, we've been happy together but between all the TDYs and the deployment, we've spent a lot of time apart. Steve often encourages me to look on the bright side, even when it's hard. This separation is difficult and the bright side seems harder to see some days than others, but I know that being apart makes us stronger individually, makes us more appreciative of each other and brings us closer together when it's all said and done. So, with that in mind, this sixth year of marriage has been difficult but good for us. When we are together, we are so grateful for each other, so thankful to be close and so very much in love that it somehow makes all the separation fade into a distant memory.
The memories of these hard times fade fast and are gone before we know it, but the good parts, the memories we've made together in this last year are the ones we'll carry on into the rest of our marriage, into the rest of our lives.