I read somewhere the other day that marriage is easy when you’re married to your soul mate/best friend – THEY LIED! 5 years in and it does get easier but it still takes a lot of work. Andrew and I got married on the 3rd of January 2009 and there are still times when I get completely frustrated and I know he does too.

But that’s ok! The longer I have been married, the more I realise that it will take a lifetime to fully get to know my husband completely. But that’s the fun part – I’m constantly discovering new things and being surprised because nobody stays the same and as we develop new things come to light. And no matter how frustrating the rough times are (and we have had our fair share!), I choose to keep loving him and finding ways to show it. Am I perfect? Absolutely not – Andrew can testify to that! But we learn to accommodate each other as time goes on and we have learnt that we make a good team. And really, the love that we share is a solid, gentle, kind of companionship that doesn’t need fireworks to survive. Because, in the end, these three remain: faith, hope and love – but the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:13).

[For a story from year 7 of Marriage from Leanne and Hilton Bennett, click here]