Let’s see… hopefully through this blog you’ll learn about me, my hubby, our two boys and our quest to be and remain, Married & Merry.
I’m a wife, a mom, a full-time Online & Social Media Marketing Manager for an awesome company, a Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer and crazy out of my mind for adding another thing onto my plate via this blog. But… I couldn’t resist the temptation to answer the question I am constantly asked – how do you do it? The short answer is… WE do it.
To give you a little bit of background, Chris and I have been together for 6-years. We met at a mall where we both worked. I was in my senior year of college. Not long after our relationship began, we learned that Chris’ mother had cancer. As his only parent (he had never met his father), this was rough! At the end of my senior year, I was offered a position with Microsoft in the online advertising industry that required me to relocate to New York. At the same time, Chris had been offered an internship, also in New York (how convenient, right?), with a popular clothing brand. In spite of his mother’s condition, she was extremely supportive and happy to see Chris move on to apply his degree in Graphic Design and pursue his dreams. Everything seemed perfect.
Our relationship saw the typical ups and downs of your average early twenty year olds (I can expound on that as the blog progresses… who knows, it may bless someone!), but our love for one another prevailed. We knew that we wanted to be in each others lives forever, in one of the most significant roles someone can hold – husband and wife.
Soon after deciding that we wanted to marry, our faith and commitment to each other and family was challenged like never before. In less than 12-months, Chris’ mother’s cancer would advance to stage 4, as a result, we stopped discussing the big “Coming to America” wedding that I had dreamed of and opted for a very small ceremony much sooner than we anticipated in order to ensure Chris’ mother would be present. Three months later, she would be our angel, and while she knew about him, she passed before the birth of her first grandchild. Her death required us to make a major decision. Should we stay in New York where both of our careers were booming OR should we move back home to Maryland, to be closer to Miles, Chris’ younger brother, who at the time was a sophomore in high school.
We relocated back. Shortly thereafter our first son was born, and our bond and commitment to doing whatever it takes to support one another was solidified. It was an extremely challenging time inundated with unanticipated sacrifices, and a few ups and downs, but at the end of the day, we had each other and that’s all that mattered. We chose faith and family above everything else and while we couldn’t see it then, it has proved to be one of the best choices we ever made and continue to make…
Marriage is work.
Parenting is work.
Work is work.
Life is work.
But all work and no play makes a dull girl and family!