I took this picture a couple days after we were "officially" married. It's one of my favorite pictures ever, and probably our first of our marriage.
We've been through a lot in our *almost* 5 year relationship. Would I have ever predicted where we are now 5 years ago? Hell-to-the-no. I remember going on a walk in an Iowa City park near his old place on one unseasonably warm winter day. Chikezie had gotten a job in Des Moines and would be moving a couple hours away. I didn't have a car in college and his was pretty unreliable so he might as well have been 10 hours away.
We walked and did what we do best, talk. One thing I've always felt so confident in is our communication. We don't let issues go. If there is a problem at all, it's discussed. No fighting. An argument here and there that's usually cleared up. But we get it out. Even back then, only a few months into our love affair and we were talking things out.
Should we stay together and deal with this distance so early in our relationship? Should we make these sacrifices now? Do we love each other enough to get through it?
We decided that day that we are SO much better as a team. We balance each other out. He calms me down when I get too worked up. I get him going when he needs the motivation.
I'm so glad we made that decision when we did. Look how far we've come.