Thursday, June 14, 2012

Marriage - Two are Better Than One

As you can tell, marriage has been on my mind quite a bit recently.  With many disparaging the institution, these posts attempt to highlight the beauty of it from my vantage point.

When we first got married, we lived on the north shore of Long Island in Suffolk County.  We were young and in love.  Almost a year later we had our first child.  The area we lived in was quite expensive. We were happy and carried on like it was just a blip in the road.  I was on maternity leave and was returning to work in three months.  I'll never forget the first conversation I had with my husband around childcare costs:
Me - you know I go back to work in about 2 weeks and I've been calling around to see where we can leave the baby.
Him - ok; well what have you found?
Me - they're saying 200.00....
Him - a month?
Me - no a week!
Him - grandssooot!!! (that's the equivalent of what the heck!) All right, we'll figure it out.

There was no family close by to help with childcare; it was just him and I and lots of phone calls.

We laugh about it now, but that mindset of we'll figure it out - allowed us to do just that.  We've encountered things that seemed insurmountable at the time (car trouble, job trouble, impossible schedules, etc) but we put our heads together and figured out something that made sense for all of us. That's the beauty of marriage - you always have someone in your corner and together you can do things that would be difficult if done alone.

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiates 4:9-12

What insurmountable challenges have you overcome as a couple? Do share in the comments and with your spouse.

1 comment:

  1. i couldn't agree more than two are better than one!!! the spouse and i went through a health scare just before our wedding and we came out the other side stronger and better as a couple!


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