Quote about marriage

I get this weekly marriage email and there was a quote in this week's that I liked:

“The growth of love is not a straight line, but a series of hills and valleys. I suspect that in every good marriage there are times when love seems to be over. Sometimes these desert lines are simply the only way to the next oasis, which is far more lush and beautiful after the desert crossing than it could possibly have been without it.”

I think a lot of women tend to have an idealized vision of what marriage is supposed to be like, and then end up feeling bewildered when they realize it's not all hearts and kisses.

I know a couple of young women who are having a hard time in their marriages right now, to the point where they have seriously considered leaving. Not because they don't love their husbands but because being married wasn't what they thought it would be, for one reason or another. Throw in a good quarter-life crisis and it's a recipe for disaster. It breaks my heart when couples have marital problems. I just wish I could hand over to them what minute wisdom and patience I've learned over the past few years.

Anyway, not to get too heavy on a Friday! I'm just grateful that so far hubs and I have been able to work through what hard times we've gone through (TTC included) because now we're stronger, more in love, and happier than ever. :)


Kristin said...

You are so right. Marriage is no cake walk, but it is the most rewarding thing I have done so far. Glad others appreciate it for the blessing it is. :)

Dot said...

Wedded bliss....what is that ? I like the quote ! I have never worked so hard at something in my life ~ marriage and ttc !

Steph O. said...

"Happily ever after" is really only in fairy tales!

Thank you for sharing the beautiful quote. We've been through the deserts, made it through, & are so much stronger & closer for it. It's hard work sometimes, but I love him now more than I ever thought possible on our wedding day!

-my husband grows cotton- said...

I like quote-Thanks for sharing!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Erin said...

Beautiful quote.

Allison said...

I like that, thanks for sharing.