when I was pregnant with the twins people would often ask me how they could pray for me and over and over I would say, "pray for my marriage. pray for me and Korey to make it. pray that we would not only survive, but thrive." You see, I had read the articles, I had seen the statistics and I was thoroughly scared. I was worried that the stress of having 4 kids under 3 would get to us. I was worried that we would give up on each other. I was worried that we would forget to go to each other and forget to trust God. But, after the most stressful thing to ever happen in our marriage, so far, I can stand here and tell you that prayer works!! God was so gracious to me and Korey these past months and I'm so grateful for that. There's no earthly reason why 2 people should have laughed when they wanted to cry; dealt so graciously with one another- forgiving one another when they took out their frustrations on each other; still like and enjoy one another's company after wiping noses and butts, doing laundry, cleaning, listening, and giving up most of their own time and energy to their kids. But, we trust in the promise of Mark 10:27, "with men it is impossible; but not with God: for with God all things are possible".
God truly did a wondrous work in our marriage! Korey and I aren't the same 2 people that got married 7 1/2 years ago. We aren't the same 2 people who got frustrated and irritated with each other when we did our first house remodeling project. We aren't the same 2 people that struggled with infertility. We aren't the same 2 people who nervously left their dog with a friend to go and celebrate their 1 year anniversary. We aren't the same 2 people who took their firstborn on their 4th anniversary getaway weekend. We aren't even the same 2 people that went away for a long weekend almost a year and a half ago. We're definitely different- in a good way! I think that we're both a little more comfortable just being who we are and accepting each other for who they are. It's fun to look back and see how much God has grown each of us, since we first said, "I do". Our marriage has been tried and tested and I can honestly say that I love Korey more today than I ever have. This man has so many amazing talents- he's kind and gracious, he's a great dad, he's willing to step in and help- no matter what that requires, he's a great encouragement and best of all- he makes me laugh all the time, even when I'd rather cry or be angry! God blessed me above and beyond when He gave me Korey!
On Thursday we are going to parcel our kids out to both sets of grandparent's and leave for a long weekend away!! We're both so excited...I'm counting down the days and I think Korey might be, too. :)