Lucky #13

Brian & Jenni ClayvilleToday is Brian and my 13th anniversary.

YAY for us. Considering the devastation and destruction of our marriage 5 years ago… YAY us!

When we first got married, we thought we would be in marital bliss forever. We both truly loved each other. We didn’t fight in the wedding planning (like many couples do) and we didn’t fight during our honeymoon (which is when a couple often experiences their FIRST big fight). We thought we had it made.

What we learned quickly was that complacency and bitterness naturally sneaks in when we’re not intentional with our relationship. Intentional not just with things that matter… but things that seem like they don’t matter at the time. For example (and I’m gonna need you not to judge me):

I HATE crumbs. Those who know me, know I have some OCD tendencies. Crumbs are one. I like love clean surfaces. SPOTLESS surfaces. Brian doesn’t mind the “occasional” crumb. His “occasional” crumb offends every sense I have… because his “occasional” crumb seems as if he’s borrowed 14 toasters from our neighbors and emptied them all out on my counter. Seriously… how do you get that many crumbs on my counter from 2 pieces of toast and not realize it’s there. I digress.

Our first giant fight was over crumbs…

Read the rest here at Leading and Loving It.

4 Responses to “Lucky #13”

  1. Dr. Diana May 28, 2014 at 11:49 pm #


    Its good to know that you loved truly each other. It happened all because of God. He is an ultimate matchmaker. Thanks for sharing these beautiful words with us.


  2. Brandon August 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    This is so great, I hope our marriage can make it this long as well after our big destruction over a year ago.

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