Yesterday marks five months since we arrived in San Francisco to start our new life as Californians.
These two milestones have made me think a lot about what it was like for us before we started on these two journeys together. Getting married and moving to California are the biggest changes we have ever gone through as a couple. Both experiences have grown us as people, has deepened our relationship, and has stretched our faith.
We got married three days after I walked down the University aisle to recieve my bachelors degree. All my family had come into town for both my graduation and for my younger brother's high school graduation. Why wait? We set our date for Tuesday, May 8.
I grew up a lot during the first months we were married. I learned that even if two people have similar faiths, families, and educations, they can be so, so very different. Our definitions of "normal" were comically opposed at times, but it makes for good conversations and laughs later on.
Now that we've been married three and a half years, I feel like I'm finally realizing why people say it only gets better. Instead of having different definitions of normality, we've made our own. We've embraced some of our opposite perspectives and used that exercize to grow as people. We've had some adventures and have had to make some decisions that have strengthened our love for and trust in one another. It truly does get better. That day in 2007 I couldn't even imagine how different, deep, and full my love for Marc would be now.
We had just five weeks from that moment to be in SF. That time just absolutely flew as we prepared our house for sale, organized and obtained housing in San Francisco, said goodbye to our family, friends, and church, and wrapped up the jobs we had in Greenville. But once we arrived, we were so excited to start our new life.
The last five months have been amazing. We love San Francisco and the Bay Area. We found a church we love and that loves us. We have a great home group that helps encourage us to live in this City with Christ-mindedness. Our house is out of our hands. We both have jobs.
We've grown a lot as a couple since moving here. We've had to depend on and trust each other so much more, especially in the first couple months when we knew no one. Marc was strong and supportive for me when I was looking for a job. I gained some independence when I explored much of San Francisco on my own. We've seen some absolutely beautiful places on our little weekend trips. We've made some sweet, godly friends who love us and help us be better Christians, employees, and married people.