One Year Later – Reflections and Thoughts


Just over a year ago I wrote the blog post Marrying Young Shouldn’t Be Scary. This post was well received by my audience of mostly friends and family. I very much enjoyed writing the post and on our one-year wedding anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to post an update.

In my Post Marrying Young Shouldn’t Be Scary I talked about how we had been given the advice to wait until later in life to get married. I still 100% stand by our decision to marry young and enjoy more of life together.

Year One Has Been Incredible.

Emma and I have both started new jobs, both advanced our careers in the military, moved to a beautiful townhome, and so much more. Our first year of marriage included three months that we didn’t live together and three months of us separated by military training. Emma also worked night shift for two months of her job. Even with all of the time spent apart, we have continued to find ways to spend time together and grow together.

One of the hardest parts of this first year has been our time spent apart. Our time spent apart has also been very rewarding. Spending several months apart has taught us to make more of the time we have together.

I have learned to love another human being more than I ever imagined possible, I’ve laughed more than I ever thought possible, and I’ve cried because of our time spent apart. I learned that I can’t sleep at night unless she’s in bed next to me.

Year One Has Been A Learning Experience

In our first year of marriage, we have definitely learned a lot about each other. We didn’t live together before marriage and I love that. Since we didn’t live together, we have been able to learn some weird things about each other. Emma has learned that I have certain tendencies that annoy her, and she has some that annoy me. We’ve worked together to make sure that we minimize annoying each other while not growing to resent one another.

We are still young and are definitely feeling this thing out as we go, but with God at the center of our marriage, we will continue to grow together. Our first dance was to “Then” by Brad Paisley and I agree that I don’t know how I can possibly love her more, but I said that a year ago when we said our vows. I love her more and more every day!

What’s It Like?

I’ve had several people ask me what it’s like to be married. My answer is always the same, “marriage is the greatest thing in the world.” I believe this with all of my heart. I have my best friend around all the time. We spend quality time together and I always have someone to make me laugh. You may think that you can have these same things with a roommate or best friend, but it can’t be on this level. I get to come home to my WIFE every day. There’s something special about that.

Year One Recap

In year one we did a LOT of things. Below is a list of the highlights:

  • Emma graduated from college (RN, BSN)
  • Emma commissioned in the Navy
  • I got accepted into the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program
  • We moved in together
  • We moved to our first real home together
  • Emma graduated from Officer Development School (Navy)
  • I graduated from Officer Candidate School (Marines)
  • Emma started her first nursing job in the Navy
  • We got a dog!

Here are some pictures from our first year together:

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Inna March 6, 2019
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This is amazing. What a beautiful couple. I love this :D I am so happy for the both of you. Your dog is adorable! :D 

Charli Dee March 4, 2019
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Congratulations! This is such a beautiful story, and not a very common one in my opinion! I wish you and your beautiful wife continued happiness!