Tuesday, April 29, 2014


  "You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So how old do you have to be before your love is real?"

  When I got engaged a lot of my family and friends were shocked.( For those of you that are wondering I'm now almost 19). People were polite and most of our family and friends were great about it! It meant so much to us everyone that was supportive and nurturing of our marriage. One friend I thought would absolutely flip out was actually really happy for us and proceeded to tell me that his grandparents had only been dating a few weeks when they got engaged. But even so some of our loved ones were taken aback.
  I had friends say things like "aren't you scared?" "are you really ready mentally for this?" and of course "you're so young!". When you make a huge life choice like the one I made everyone has something to say about it. But when does an opinion cross the line from concern to choice-shaming.
  Friends and strangers alike will tell you that you must be "this" age and have done "x,y, and z" to get married, have a baby, etc. and if you don't, well then you don't know the rules to life. You'll live a life of unhappiness and despair, you'll lose your mind, and end up on the news. Nothing but bad things will follow you if you don't use their step by step guide to life.  They all think they have it figured out.
   That's just it though. Sometimes they don't. There was a time when our world was thought to be flat. All it took was one person to challenge what that culture said to be true.
  I believe that it is detrimental to the next generation to constantly put down other women for their choices. You don't have to agree or make the same choice, but no one asked us to make their choices. Apparently I missed the memo that said there's only one path.
   It's also wrong to excuse yourself for criticizing someone by saying that person is a child. Calling someone else a child(just because they're 18 mind you) won't make you anymore adult or your opinion of anymore value. Of the people I have heard dismissing other people's choices most of them couldn't be more than 2 or 3 years older than the person they were criticizing. Unlike everything else people have put age requirements on, giving unhelpful opinions isn't one of them. Makes you think, huh?
  I'm not saying that people should get married young like I did. It's just as irresponsible to push my beliefs on others. But like the quote says, when is your love real? At 30? At 17?  I can't, and I won't  put a number on something so important. My love is real when I know it's real. When I decide it doesn't matter to me what the mixed messages have to say.

   Marriage is just one of those things that if it's truly meant to be no one can talk you into or out of it. As much as people want to believe they can.
   People will tell you, you're losing your freedom, say goodbye to dating, what about all the other fish in the sea? What is the point of dating if once you find someone you want to be with forever you pass him up for sardines.

 The truth of the matter is, people have become so involved in micro-managing the lives of others that they can't even see their own lives, the good and the bad. That says more about them than it does about us.
   Here's the secret no one wants you to know....age is just a number. It can't measure maturity, love,  stability, or anything of worth. It can't make your big life choices. And it can't keep you from getting your heart broken. I think that scares people to know that a choice you make at 18 can flourish just as much as a choice made at 38 can crash and burn.
  Whatever choice you make, make it for you. Not for anyone else. And not from fear of the unknown, but from the heart.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Love me, defend me.

   For better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, to defend? We make a promise to stand beside one person for the rest of our natural lives. We promise to be there when times are hard and to never stop loving them, but what about defending them?
   It can be especially tricky if it involves someone that has been more involved in your partner's life than they have been in your life. You feel like you want to protect them but you might be afraid to cross that boundary. While dealing with people from your life may also pose a challenge.
   I'd love to hear your thoughts about this. When do you defend your spouse? And with whom? Furthermore should you defend even when they are wrong?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Here I am!

  Hi I'm Robyn! Welcome to my blog! I've blogged in the past but never a blog quite as personal as this one. I plan to talk about all of the issues of being a young, Christian, stay-at-home wife in this day and age. But first a little bit of my back story.
   I have been happily married to my husband for 8 months. We met through my church in April of 2012. I was organizing a youth coffee house and he happened to be playing guitar with someone I had booked for that night. We realized that we knew a lot of the same people. Flash forward a few months and we were inseparable. I had no idea that night we met how much my life had and would change just by knowing him.
  Other than being a wife I'm also very active in my church, including teaching 3rd and 4th grade  Sunday School with my husband, and organizing various youth events. I love to read, cook, and am currently taking classes online. I was homeschooled my whole life and loved it!  I've been a dancer since I was 7, I also competed in dance about 3 years .  I love children and I'm looking forward to being a mom one day.
   I think I've covered the basics(for now).  If you'd like to get my blog updates straight to your email scroll all the way down and enter your email in the space provided.

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