on marriage so far

My 23-year-old fiancé is now none other than my loving husband. As a result of the multiple requests of my hip and loving auntie Nanook, I am going to reflect on my thoughts on marriage thirteen days in.

As was predicted by the rest of the world, who says your wedding day will be among the happiest of your life, I enjoyed nearly every last minute of the day I married Jeremy Mann. Just about everything felt absolutely perfect. Never again will we be surrounded by so many people who love and know us so well, in order to celebrate and support the love we have for one another. Never again will I be in a setting where so many people will ask me to please kiss the love of my life, right then and there. I imagined loving my wedding day, but my imagination was incapable of conjuring up the kind of feelings the day evoked in me.

We enjoyed the perfect honeymoon in North Carolina at Jeremy’s grandparents’ beach house on the Intercoastal Waterway. We slept in every day, visited beaches, read, made ourselves elaborate breakfasts and dinners, went for a beautiful walk on the golf course, and had a terrific time navigating our way around North Carolina with our new GPS.

On Friday, we left our two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium fully equipped with kitchen, screened-in porch, and a beautiful view of the water to find ourselves back in Los Angeles in a dorm room, fully equipped with two twin beds, two desks, and a shared bathroom with an un-occupied room next door. And so we pushed our beds together, un-packed, and stocked up on non-perishable foods for the next six weeks.

So the honeymoon had ended and we had immediately jumped into what I like to call real life. Jeremy’s training is intense, and keeps him away all day until late evenings. He stops back to the room every chance he gets, and sometimes I even get to sit in on some of his training sessions, but Los Angeles is no North Carolina.

The incredible thing is, in spite of the small living space, our beds that easily separate, no kitchen to cook real meals in, and a far more vigorous schedule for my new husband, I am a happy woman. I love being married. I think everyone who is able should do it. What, besides love and the blessing of a new life together, could turn such circumstances into a wonderful and exciting adventure? Sure, some moments feel more difficult than others, but at the end of the day the person I’ve adored for more than five years comes home to me. It’s challenging for both of us, which makes the challenge ours, together.

We couldn’t be more excited about what the Lord has for our future. Jeremy was recently placed to teach Math to 7th and 8th grade special ed. students at Johnnie Cochran Middle School in central LA. We’re excited to live in a community unlike any other we’ve spent significant time in. I’m preparing for an exciting semester in which I have the opportunity to travel to Rwanda with a group of Nursing students. As Africa is close to both of our hearts, we feel privileged to be a part of what the Lord is doing there.

The Lord is good, and He has poured immense blessings on us already. I know the journey will be tough sometimes, and the challenging natures of where the Lord is bringing us will feel difficult, but I feel confident about his provision. Jeremy and I already often reflect on the joys of marriage and the special nature of this time.

So rest well, friends and family. The Manns are still very much in love and feel like getting married was the second best decision of their lives so far. Keep in touch, and don’t be afraid to come and visit.