We're fortunate in that what we went through with Ethan has strengthened our relationship. There are, of course, stressful times and the past seven years haven't always been a walk in the park. It's easy to focus on Ethan (special needs, or not) - or anyone else, for that matter - and put each other on the back burner. But, when we take a step back to focus on our marriage, it's obvious that everyone benefits.
In an effort to help with this, I created something I found on Pinterest. "I love you" can turn into a common, everyday phrase - which isn't necessarily a bad thing - but sometimes it's nice to know why. It's fun to sneak into the bathroom and leave a message for him to find later, and I thoroughly enjoy reading his notes to me.
It's the little things - and this sweet little project has made a difference in our day-to-day, I think. I'm sure there will come a day when the cute reasons will fade and it will simply state, "because God tells me to" - but, I guess it doesn't get much more truer than that, does it? Now, to be intentional about those date nights!
I love you, Jeramie! Here's to seven more - and seven more after that, and after that...