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Two Years

Our family - Gerald, me, & pug Chloe

Our family – Gerald, me, & pug Chloe

Two years ago today, we were heading off to Kemper Lakes Golf Club to celebrate our marriage. So much has happened in that short amount of time. This second year of marriage was by far the most challenging so far (even though I know we don’t have much to compare it to, but it was hard for various reasons). Not only did we go through more major life changes (buying a house, getting a dog, getting pregnant, etc.), but we had some unexpected things come up that we had to deal with and begin to heal from. That’s a process in itself, but I believe we’re headed in the right direction.

If I could choose one word to mark this year of marriage, it would be grace.

We had to learn to give more grace to one another and we were reminded of and experienced God’s grace more deeply. Grace is a hard thing to give. You don’t want to give it because of the circumstances, but you know it’s what Christ calls us to if we’re to follow His example. That’s what makes grace and forgiveness so powerful. They’re both so undeserved.

So my prayer for this third year of marriage is that we will continue to grow in grace and forgiveness in our love for one another. I’m sure we’ll need it in many doses when Baby Stroud comes along later this year, but we’ll also need it as we continue to heal from the past. We’re grateful for the love and support of those who witnessed our marriage two years ago. We still covet your prayers as we journey in this life together and I’m looking forward to seeing how God will work in each of us individually and as a couple in the years to come.

So, happy anniversary, Gerald! I am blessed to be able to do life by your side. If we could get through this tough and stressful year together, we can get through anything! I love you!

Our family plus Lexie (pug on the left)

Our family plus Lexie (pug on the left)



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One Year

It’s hard to believe that one year of marriage has flown by so quickly. Timehop has been helping me relive my wedding planning process and preparation by reminding me of tweets, Facebook posts, and Foursquare check-ins I made exactly a year ago each day.

One year ago today, I woke up super early (maybe it was around 4 something) just because I couldn’t sleep anymore. The night before I tried sleeping earlier because we had an early wake up call for hair and makeup. I spent my last night as a single woman in my old room at my parents’ house. As I lay in bed, I cried. I wasn’t sad–I was excited and nervous–but I think it hit me that I was actually leaving my family (though not geographically) and beginning my own new family with Gerald. It made me miss the provision and care of my parents even though I’d already been living on my own for the past year. I guess the magnitude of what it means to leave your family and cleave to your spouse really hit home. Marriage is definitely a milestone and life-changing event in one’s life.

Thankfully, Gerald and I are blessed to live near both of our parents. They’ve been so supportive of us during this first year of marriage and we’re very grateful to them all. This year hasn’t been easy. It was full of its challenges, but also full of joys. I love doing life together with my husband and building a life together. We’ve had big career changes and adjustments this year (for both of us), looking at the possibility of purchasing a home (I still need to write a blog post on this journey), new fellowship groups and changing friendships. We’re still learning how to be the best husband and wife to each other and hopefully with each passing anniversary, our marriage looks a little more like Christ.

July 30 last year was one of the most wonderful days of my life. Everything was practically perfect and I love reliving the moments through the beautiful pictures our photographer took. As wonderful as our wedding day was, it was only the beginning. I’m looking forward to many more enjoyable days and years to come. 🙂

On our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic

Family vacation in Puerto Vallarta

As a side note, we don’t always take tropical beach vacations. I just happen to like the pictures we have together in those locations. Maybe a goal for year two of marriage is to take more photos together. 🙂

One year & counting!

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