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I am not entirely sure what I thought marriage would be like.

My visions morphed and changed over the years.

Years and years.

I was 34 years old when I got married. 2 years prior to that I had finally released the 2 biggest dreams I’d ever had – marriage and motherhood.

I honestly believed that train had long left the station – and I had missed the ride.

But in 2007, I donned a dress and veil that truly made me feel like a princess. My dad led me down the aisle – both of us had tears in our eyes. He gave me away to the finest man I’ll ever know – the man I share my life, home and love with.

7 years, 2 apartments, 1 house, 4 angel babies and 2 active boys later…

I have learned this:

Love is messy.

It is easy to get caught up in the pretty romance of Hollywood’s portrayal of love, but the fact is: in marriage two very different people from two family cultures, two different philosophies of life, two different philosophies of child rearing, two different philosophies of how the male/female roles play out in the home must somehow come together and build a happy, healthy home where joy and peace reside.

The process is messy.

The process is hard. It requires compromise, and a lot of it. It requires sacrifice, and a lot of it. It requires forgiveness, and a lot of it. It requires grace, and a lot of  it.

But if we’re willing to roll our sleeves up and do what needs to be done to make our homes a haven, the end product will be a beautiful testimony in a world where cynicism expects that marriage wont last.

This is why I am so honored to partner with a writer who has influenced me a lot:

I have read Darlene’s book “The Good Wife’s Guide” and it had a great impact on my marriage.

I know that Messy Beautiful Love will not disappoint!



Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her Bosnian hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.

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2 Responses

  1. bluecottonmemory says:

    I think it takes at least 10 years to get on the same page with expectations. We still haven’t worked out who’s taking the garbage out to my satisfaction (LOL) – but we never give up – 31 years later:)

  2. Yes – I think you must be right. And yes – never give up!

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