Celebrating an Adventurous Marriage
NAVIGATING THE RIVER
October with two little ones means taking part in the festivities of Halloween. My wife, Ashley, and I get to take them trick-or-treating and take advantage of still getting to choose their costumes … so they’ll probably go dressed as lawyers (only kidding). We’ll also do our best to stay on top of football and catch the Dolphins while it’s early enough in the season that we still have some optimism for the team. Sundays are often spent with the family watching games.
a new business, and while it was obviously challenging, having a partner there in those times made it possible to thrive through them. I’m so grateful that I get to call Ashley my partner for life. In talking about how we wanted to celebrate this anniversary, Ashley and I decided that we wanted to make it really special and do something out of the ordinary, something as unique and adventurous as we are. So this October, we are going on a rafting trip to West Virginia and taking on class- five rapids. Yes, you read that right. We are heading to Gauley River for an overnight rafting trip. During the day, we’ll be on the river, and by night, we’ll stop over at a cabin. An appropriate term I’ve heard to describe it is “glamping.” It’s going to be a nice break from our day-to-day lives; it’s a chance to get outdoors and reflect on our bond and the family we have built from it. A guide will be there to take us through the rapids, because while I may know a lot about law, I’m no river expert. We’re leaving this one to nature and the outdoor professionals, and we are pretty excited about it. Reflecting on this milestone in our marriage is an important reminder about the necessity of taking time to celebrate your relationship. Anniversaries are reminders to take a moment and reflect on where you’ve been and where you are going. These are important milestones in your marriage, and it’s valuable for both partners to take time for them. Show each other you care and are committed to your relationship. Remember why you fell in love in the first place, consider your strong bond, and acknowledge the future you are building together. That’s why I think it’s important to celebrate anniversaries. Much like a river, sometimes you need a guide in your relationship through turbulent waters. If you are at a point in your marriage where you have forgotten some of the good times, try your best to make things better. Don’t neglect your relationship. For some inspiration, check out the articles and podcasts at www.StayMarriedFlorida.com, which I have put together over the years with the help of some really great South Florida therapists.
Ashley and I rafting the Arkansas River in Colorado in 2013.
What I am actually looking most forward to this month, though, is celebrating my fifth wedding anniversary with Ashley. Seeing that written, it’s amazing to think how quickly five years has flown by. In this time, we have had so many wonderful moments and new beginnings together. My wife gave birth to our first baby, and not long after that, she supported me in my decision to start my own law firm. We had a 1-year-old, an infant, and
– Chris Bruce
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