So, we are officially married – a reality that I remember repeating several times during our honeymoon that I could not quite believe. It felt like a dream – even on the ride home – that I would quickly wake up from only to be his girlfriend. Yet there we were, joking and reflecting on the day that was and will forever will be etched in our minds as the day that two people became one.

The honeymoon was wonderful. Primarily because for the first time in months, him and I were able to just rest, travel, brush up on our American and African-American history without interruption. We could just be. We whimsically walked through gardens in Historic Londontown, took a random trip to Baltimore and DC. We tried Annapolis’ best crab cakes, swooning over it’s deliciousness and discussing our activities for the next day. We were uninterrupted by buzzing phones, obsessively checking Facebook, and concerning ourselves with life’s realities for just a few days. We laughed, we shared inside jokes, and obnoxiously sang Mariah Carey songs to each other.

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Not to mention, we had some delicious coffee at City Dock, which I am so excited to share in a post I’m brewing (HA – get it? Coffee? Brew? *baduntz tss*) about some of our favorite places we visited in Annapolis.

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It was perfect.

We returned from our honeymoon to quite a bit of not-so-good news, reminding us quickly that while for a brief moment in time as our worlds officially collided together things were blissful, life doesn’t stop throwing it’s darts our way just because we’ve committed to each other in the presence of our loved ones and God. Life doesn’t wait thirty days until after you’ve been husband and wife, so you can adjust to living with each other and each other’s routines before slamming you with responsibilities and unpleasant news.

Yet I recognize what a blessing it is to not be walking through these challenges alone. What a blessing it is to have a God that is walking alongside us and a spouse that can journey through the pain with you. What a blessing it is to have each other and have the support of others around you. What a blessing it is knowing that our hope is in Christ – who never fails, never forsakes, and is far greater than anything we can or cannot see. It doesn’t necessarily lessen the blow, but it does help provide some sort of comfort.

Here’s to prayerfully walking through this challenge, hand-in-hand with Christ.

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I cannot create it
I cannot sustain it
It’s Your love that’s keeping (captured) me

Please be my strength…

at my final breath
I hope that I can say
I’ve fought the good fight of faith

I pray your glory shines
through this doubting heart of mine
so my world would know that You

You are my strength
You and You alone
You and You alone
Keep bringing me back home