It has been a little over 8 months since I became Mrs. Goree. As I look back on our marriage so far a few things come to mind. Before we married we took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace class, we did the Marriage Prep course at our church. We took individual classes at church to help us become more complete individually. We had marriage mentors, we read books on marriage, and listened to countless messages on marriage as well. We also had very little to “overcome” in our marriage. We dated for 4 years before getting married, we have no kids, neither of us had a serious relationship before each other. Our families get along, we are financially stable, there aren’t any substance abuse issues, we have the same religious beliefs, and we are both steady people. Even with all of this preparation, and the odds in our favor, there’s no way to be fully ready for the changes that you will have in your life.
At this stage of the game I am pretty stoked with our decision to get married. We have definitely experienced some fantastic highs and frustrating lows. There are days that I feel like this is the most stupendous thing ever and days that I think sheesh is it going to be like this forever? One of the best pieces of advice that I received from our mentors is, “You don’t have to have it all figured out right away. You don’t even have to have it all figured out in 30 years. Marriage is a work in progress and as long as you are both still willing to do the work it’s ok to not have it perfected.” Man that took a lot of pressure off of us! Some people make it seem as though a “good marriage” is one in which everything just falls into place right away. I don’t believe that one bit! Marriage, as with anything, comes with challenges and successes. But when you are able to look at someone and think you make me crazy (or mad, or frustrated, or sad or whatever) and still feel this overwhelming sense of love and adoration for them then I believe you have a good marriage.
Initially I plan to upload posts more frequently to allow you to get a better sense of who I am and what I am about. Thank you for coming along with me during this new stage of my life.