1. First and absolutely foremost, my sweet husband. I was talking with a friend yesterday for the first time since Ross and I got married. This friend of mine has 7 kids, so he's had plenty of experience with the marriage and family life. He asked me if I was doing okay, which really confused me. Then he said "we loved each other, but our first year was just SO hard." I felt bad that it had been a hard year for him and his cute wife, because Ross and I find ways to love each other more every day. And honestly, I don't think this is just a honeymoon phase. There is a lot of respect and admiration that Ross and I share, and I don't see our marriage going anywhere but up. Now don't get me wrong, we've DEFINITELY had our moments (quite a few, actually). But we hate being angry with each other. We've heard so many people say to us "don't make the little things the big things," and I think we've tried to take that to heart. Ross is my best friend, and I'm happy when he's happy. He makes me laugh every day, and we love to be together. Simple as that.
2. Our jobs. Ross' job brings in the big bucks, which is what we need. He's doing well as a first-year sales rep, and our summer looks good. The only downfall is that his hard work ONLY pays off when he makes a sale. There's no constant paycheck plus commission... he gets a check when he sells. So that's when my jobs come in =) I have been working at Kirkland's Home for about 3 weeks now, and I start training tomorrow at David's Bridal. I'm nervous because they're one of the top stores in Arizona and it's VERY fast-paced, but it'll be great. I'll work Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other Saturday with Kirkland's, and MWF and every Saturday with David's Bridal. I'm hoping to stay very busy because we use my paycheck for our living expenses, AND when I'm busy at work, my days go by faster and Ross' time away from home doesn't seem quite so long. So please keep us both in your prayers... Ross needs to sell and I need to make sure I'm not slaughtered by some high-strung Bridezilla!
3. The internet. Ross and I have no TV, so we can't watch the news to know what's happening in the world. I log on frequently when I'm home so that we can at least keep up with the current events. I know there's a LOT of filth floating around cyber space, but there's so much good to show for what the internet has to offer. We keep up with hundreds of loved ones just through blogs and facebook alone, so I'm grateful!!!
4. Personal washer and dryer. This is something that Ross and I do not own yet, but I'm already grateful for the days when we will have them. We spent $6.75 last night on laundry alone, using the tiny, smelly, public washers and dryers here at our apartment complex. I'm allergic to cats, and it seems to me that everyone in our complex owns a cat and all of our washers smells like cat litter. Thank heavens our clothes don't smell like that after we wash them. I just can't wait to get back to Idaho where we'll have a washer and dryer right next to our kitchen, and we won't have to lock our door ever time we need to switch the load.
I think I'm done for now because Ross is coming home and, like a good wife, I'll have dinner for him when he gets here =) Life is good and we're happy. What else could you ask for?