Y’all, I have a huge treat for you today! One of last year’s couples is sharing their very own Marriage Monday today! KJ and Emma are two of my dear friends here in Richmond, and I was so excited when they agreed to write something for the blog. KJ is a youth pastor at a local church in Richmond and has an epic sense of humor, and Emma works as a graphic designer. She’s equally as hilarious, but quieter about it. I’ve loved watching these two grow together from dating to marriage and so thankful for the encouragement they are to Chad and me!
A warm welcome to KJ + Emma!
KJ here. A couple of months ago, I was being introduced to our downtown church community as the new youth pastor. People clapped and welcomed us as we stepped out on stage and a fellow staff member handed me the mic. After giving a brief summary of my life and what lead me to student ministry, I led into our relationship by declaring, “We are still just newlyweds enjoying the perks of marriage.” The entire room erupted into uncontrollable (as well as uncomfortable) laughter. Emma tried to keep her composure but undeniably there was a look of surprise and shock. To everyone else, what I said was essentially “Sex is great!” “She does my laundry” or even “My diet is more than just cereal now!” But the truth is, I didn’t realize the implications of what I said until the texts started pouring in as I took my seat. As funny as it was, and as true as those things may be, it’s definitely not what I was referring to. In light of this funny (although slightly embarrassing) story and our first year anniversary, Emma and I have put together a few “real” perks of marriage to share with you today:
Obviously these are just a few perks of being married – we are discovering new ones each day! We’d like to thank Ali for encouraging us to reflect on our first year as husband and wife and for giving us the opportunity to share with you. Thanks for reading!