September 30, 2009

The Real Husband-Wife Relationship

For those of you who know me well, you know that I believe that the character of a person is not who they are out in public when everyone is watching, but who they are at home with their families, who will love them regardless of how they choose to behave. For some, this brings out the best in people; for others, the worst.

As a newlywed couple, Jonathan and I are still getting used to living together and interacting on such a close basis day in and day out. Throwing a baby into the mix has not made things any less complicated and has forced the spotlight onto how we interact with each other- our "real" relationship.

Looking at my husband, there is much that I could say about him as a person. He is a Godly man, loving, kind, honest, and hardworking. Jonathan is realistic while still looking ahead and dreaming of goals for our future.

While all of these qualities are admirable and an essential part of who he is, I have found that it's the little things that make up our real relationship. It's the way that he kisses me goodbye every morning before leaving for work, the way that he calls during the day when he hasn't heard from me, and the way that he talks to me and hugs me when he knows that I'm upset. Our real relationship is how he talks our son at night, how he will hold me for hours with his hand on my belly to feel the baby kick, and how he will discuss endless baby-related issues with a pregnant wife. This is the reality of who he is.

Today, on our eight-month wedding anniversary, I realize that I am incredibly blessed. My husband constantly inspires me to be a better wife and a better mother through his words and actions and I cannot express how grateful I am to have him in my life.

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