However, over the period of 10 years (yes, we'll be celebrating our 10th anniversary just in several weeks!), I've come to realize that the "down" times are the driving force in a healthy marriage. Ours is healthy, by the grace of God, to whom we had initially submitted ourselves and our relationship.
The times, when one of us (or we both) is struggling, help define the other person and highlight his/her strengths and virtues.
In our marriage my attraction to my husband is no longer based just on pure emotion or physical attraction. Both those things are still there, but I've also come to respect that man, to appreciate him for all he is and all he does. Illya deserved a much bigger post that this one, but for now I'll just say that I love my husband for...
- being my very best friend;
- loving and accepting me always, unconditionally, just the way I am;
- protecting me, physically, emotionally, financially;
- being the BEST DADDY to our three kids:
I love you, Illya!
Thank you for being more than what I had ever hoped for!..
(and for waiting patiently while I'm writing this post :))