a love story

Today we are celebrating seven years of marriage. I feel like so much has happened since the day we got married. Growth, challenges, career changes, death, life.

But we’ve gotten through it all together.

That’s the thing about marriage.

You’re making a promise to each other, to be there through thick and thin. sickness and health. All that life throws your way.

I honestly can say that each year has brought its own challenges, some more than others. But I absolutely wouldn’t want to go through this life with anyone else.

Isaac Paul is my person. My best friend. Because of him I’m able to laugh every day, see the brighter side of a storm + want to chase dreams.

Those that know me in real life or follow my on social media know that we have had our struggles, storms, challenges. We’ve also had many wins.

Our family has grown since we got married. We had Raelee already. She has become a big sister twice. We are officially parents of a girl tribe.

We also lost a family member since then. Our first dog Zeus passed almost a year ago know. Him passing was hard on Isaac and I the most. The girls bounced back quickly. It tools us adults months. Our family become stronger during that.

And then because we are dog people, we added another dog. Wentworth. We love him and all his fluffy fur.

Isaac and I have both changed jobs/locations since the day we said “I do.” And with each of those moves, came a lot of growth separately and together.

We aren’t perfect. We argue from time to time, usually because I don’t want to cut his hair right when he wants it done. But we do have each other’s back.

When one of us is down, the other lifts them right back up.

The last year for sure has been a wild ride.

We have learned that God’s plans are always, I mean ALWAYS, bigger + better than ours. We can plan things but they may not be in line with His plans. Learning to listen to God is a lesson we all need to learn.

If I could go back and tell younger Isaac and Kari any advice about marriage it would be this:

Always love each other.

No matter what, show affection. Tell your spouse you appreciate them. Work as a team when it comes to day to day life + raising kids.

It’s not going to be easy, but when you look back seven years from now, you’ll see it’s all worth it. You’re children are beautiful. You still look at each other with love in your eyes. You have God as your foundation.

Marriage is a wild ride, but if you find the right person, it’s such an amazing experience.

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