there is no blueprint for marriage.
because every marriage is made up of two different people and so it will never look the same.
but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from each other. we all have different stories but there are similarities and areas of overlap and moments of intersection that teach and instruct and inform and encourage and challenge.
which is what this series is all about. i asked a bunch of friends of mine who have been married for different numbers of years to share a story or a challenge they faced or one thing that really helped them with the hope that someone else somewhere [and hopefully a bunch of someone elses] will benefit from hearing it and be encouraged or challenged in their own story.
you might be married for less than a year and benefit from someone who has just celebrated their 20 year mark.
you might be married for four years and learn something from someone who has been married for just 2.
you might not even be married at all – and there is still something here for you to learn if you will give it a chance.
i just assumed that if we got a bunch of different people from different years of marriage to tell some stories that we would get a very mixed bag of experiences shared.
we did. and i hope you will enjoy them. for some years of marriage i got more than 1 story and am looking to add more as we go along. so if you have a story to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and some of them might get added to this mix.
in the meantime, i give you ‘Marriage through the years’ –
Marriage Year 28: Meet Shelley and Deon Lombard [Parents of Jade Lombard Poole in Year 4 above]
A while back i put together a series called ‘How to Save your Marriage [before you need to]’ which a whole bunch of other married people contributed to and you can catch up on all of those helpful posts over here.