This week Filipe and I celebrating our 10 year anniversary cruising the┬áCaribbean. While we’re snorkeling and enjoying the sun, I thought I’d share with you ten of my favorite things about the last ten years.

#3 Dates & Retreats

Something we established early on in our marriage (after we had kids) was to get away just the two of us. This is a time of restoration and renewal. A chance to connect and deepen our relationship. We want our kids to know that we will make it- and one of the ways we do that is by making our relationship a top priority in our home. We don’t want to just say we love each other, we want to show it- both to each other and our kids. We strive to do a retreat every six months, date nights are weekly. Sometimes it’s very simple, sometimes it’s more extravagant (like the cruise we’re currently on).

#2 Strength

One of the things I love about our marriage is that we sharpen and strengthen each other. Neither of us want to settle, neither of us want to coast through life. Sometimes it’s me pushing him, other times it’s him helping me. It’s nice to have someone who loves you enough to want to bring out the best in you. Filipe is so good at this for me. I can’t complain about not having time for myself, he gives me plenty. Whether it’s an evening to write or an entire weekend, he makes it a priority to see me doing what it is God has called me to do.

#1 Best Friends

Filipe is really and truly my very best friend in the whole world (and he often says the same). There is no one I can be more open with, no one I trust to have my best interest at heart. I’m still amazed that I get to do life with him. He is incredible.

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I can’t wait to see what the next ten are like. Here’s to many more!!!

Mandy