Marriage is the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done. Living in Ethiopia with barely any electricity, limited communications, and parasites was a piece of cake compared to marriage. Like all women, I found the man who completed me, had the wedding of my dreams, and knew that God had brought us together for a purpose.
But, no one ever explained after “I do.”
Often, I heard of the “honeymoon” phase, but never really experienced it. Part of it was due to the fact that I am American and I moved and married a Canadian and felt very homesick for the first couple of months. I couldn’t work because I was applying for my permanent residences, I had no friends, and felt like I was trying to fit into my husband’s life. We never got a chance to experience a new life together. After many arguments, tears, and letdowns we decided a new life together was in order. My husband and I sold our house on May 27, 2013 and on that same day we flew out to Iceland. For the next six months, my husband and I will travel around the world. We will do some sightseeing, trekking, and mission work. We know that God has brought us together for a reason and a purpose for Him. We pray that our travel blog can be a witnessing tool for Him.
They say the first year of marriage is the hardest, and I believe it. My husband and I will celebrate our one year anniversary on the Baltic Sea. Our marriage has grown leaps in bounds by learning to communicate with one another. Learning that you can be right, yet wrong at the same time, and also learning to forgive. I can honestly say that my personal relationship with God has strengthened. Knowing that God has brought us together has made us ride out the storms, and treasure the good times. Marriage is truly a gift from God.
About the writer of this article Christina Coleman:
Tyler and Christina Coleman were married on July 01, 2012. Deciding to challenge their marriage while pushing the boundaries of ordinary, they set off on an adventure of a lifetime. 6 months around the world with only their backpacks.