Honeymoonin’ & Our 5 Year Anniversary

“Enjoy marriage.  Marriage calls you away from your sweet, wild independency.  It does.  It calls you to a place that scares the living daylights out of you.  But is so good for your soul.” -Keith Berger, our wedding day Sept 20, 2008

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Five years ago this week we were venturing the streets of Santorini and Athens by vespa, starting our memories as the newly Mr. and Mrs. Everett.  We were babies!  Looking back, its hard to believe 5 years have already come and gone.  Who knew what was in store?  I don’t think either of us did.  But I don’t think anyone’s advice on how it’s done or suggestions to wait till we’re older or anything really could have prepared us for marriage.  It’s been the past 5 years that are slowly shaping and preparing us for the 50+ years we have to go.  I’d be lying if I said they’ve been easy.  To be honest, it’s been some of the harder years of my life.  Marriage calls me out of my independency.  It calls me to love Greg – and that doesn’t mean just the things I adore about him.  It means loving the things about him that have changed over the past five years, the things that will continue to change about him in the years to come.  To love him in the harder seasons (hello, law school and newborn baby!) when all I really want to do is run away and find my own happiness.  It’s not that being with Greg is hard.  It’s giving up my own freedoms and expectations that can be challenging.  It’s learning how to allow the changes, unexpected seasons, and natural differences to be things that grow us instead of separate us.  Its hard because its uncomfortable.  It’s in those places where I want to put up my guard and am afraid that I’ll fail.  That we’ll fail.  But it’s also in those places, that we are pushed to really see what loving someone looks like.  Marriage has gifted me with that, and strangely, I’m thankful for it.  For everything marriage has gifted me…not only the incredible memories like those when we were just newlyweds in Greece.  But also for the times that have forced me into a deeper place that scares the living daylights out of me.  A place where I have to be vulnerable, allow myself to love and be loved, allow mistakes and forgiveness and beauty amidst the uncertainties and change. Marriage calls me there with Greg, and I couldn’t imagine it being any other person but him. Here’s to five years ago in a small cafe in Athens, to five years of marriage this year, and to the fifty+ more that we’ve been called to venture together…
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6 Comments:

  1. Whitney

    Marriage is truly sharpening, isn’t it? I’m right there with you with the convictions and blessings that come with marriage. Blessings to you and your family, Holly. May we all press onward towards the goal!

    1. Holly Post author

      Love to you, sweet Whitney. I miss seeing your face and being able to discuss thoughts on life. Hope y’all are doing well!

  2. Coco Dunaway

    Holly. SO AWESOME. Your raw honesty kills it. Relationships are hard…!! Love takes fighting for. HAPPY 5 yrs!! Keep on flying high and shine like the moon ! Congrats,xox

    1. Holly Post author

      Thank you, Coco! Hard but worth it all, yes?! xoxo

  3. Alex

    Wow!!! Your story plus those two pictures at the end brought a tear to my eye! Sooo much growth!!! I feel so lucky to have watched it all happen, (from afar :).

    1. Holly Post author

      So happy to have you along the journey with us, Alex! Can’t wait to be in the same city to spend more time together. Love you!

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