With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was time to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a new series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage. When Danielle and Greg got married, one of the first challenges they faced was in purchasing a home together. They quickly realized they wanted very different things – Danielle grew up in a town surrounded by neighbors and Greg was looking for the solitude he was used to in a rural area. Danielle explains, “When we were looking for our own house, Greg wanted something out in the sticks but the thought of living that far away from civilization scared me. I liked the security of having close neighbors.” In the end, they compromised by buying a house on a lot with lots of trees hiding the neighbors on either side.
Greg and Danielle have also found it valuable to carve out time not only as a couple, but also for themselves as individuals. Greg explains, “When you have time apart from your spouse, it gives you time to reflect and appreciate the time you do spend together.” Danielle agrees, adding, “One of the pieces of advice we were given as newlyweds was not to forget about our relationship and the things we like to do together once we have kids.” With that advice in mind, the couple makes a point to catch a few hockey games or summer concerts together each year. Danielle summed it up perfectly, “Happy parents make for happy kids.”Photo by Lauren Bodwell.