Third years the charm

Thursday, November 13, 2014
I don't know what it is lately, but my marriage and my relationship with Justin is completely rocking my socks! Seriously. I think this third year of marriage has been so very good to us, I can't help but share the love with all of you. Today wasn't a super great day, and that's fine because those days happen. The first person I call, the first person I turn to (always), is Justin. It's taken him a while to master this trait, but somehow, no matter what he says to me, I end up feeling much better after we talk. I leave our conversations with my head held high and a weird calm sense of confidence. I absolutely love that he is able to do that for me. I know there are similar instances where I do that for him, and I love it. Nothing makes me happier than being in sync with the man that I chose to spend the rest of my days with.

With all the "thankful" posts stirring around Facebook, I myself sat down and thought of all the things I'm grateful for. Tons of ideas immediately flooded my mind, but of course Justin and Ava bug topped the list. I'm thankful for not only a marriage and life partner, but a forever friend. I have a man in my life that reminds me we are always in this together. I have a man that always talks to me about his fears and his joys. A man that remains on the same page as me when it comes to expanding our family, or making life altering decisions. A man that I know won't give up when things get tough in our relationship. I have a man that will always be here to experience life with me, so long as he is breathing. That's pretty intense right? Imagine how my heart feels.

With Ava bug, I think we all know that I'm grateful for my little girl. What you don't know is that on the days where she tests my absolute patience, those are the days that I love her the absolute most. She has created a patient, EVEN more so tendered-hearted woman. It's the days where she doesn't want to cooperate that I am grateful for. The days where she wants to boycott eating. You see, on those days, I still handle my daughter with grace. Those are the days that remind me I am cut out for this. I never yell, scream, or hit my child when she acts those ways. That's how I reassure myself that I made the right parenting choices. It's in the hard moments that I realize I am a good mother, and that I "wear" parenthood well.

If I had to share just one more thing with you guys that read my blog, I would tell you that I am thankful for all of you. I get so many kind, encouraging, and inspirational words from my readers. The emails you send, the comments you make, you guys lift me up in a way that no one else does. Why you ask? A lot of you don't know me personally. You know things about me that I choose to share. Some of those things I share don't often put me in the best light, yet you read on! You encourage on! Thank you for sharing, reading, and learning something from this blog of mine. I'm thankful I've been given the ability to express myself through words. It has truly been a pleasure.

In the spirit of throwback Thursday's... here's a picture of Justin and I during our first year of marriage. What's better than smiles and the BRONOCS?!?  Enjoy!

Photo Cred: Ashley Curirn

Happy Thursday all!

♥- Leilani

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