While COVID-19 brought a lot of unexpected challenges, it also brought some wonderful side effects! Sharing how it grew our relationship today!
Hey y’all! As things are slowly beginning to open back up, it’s gotten me all sorts of reflective about our time in quarantine & staying home. While it was a quick and sudden change to our “normal”- when are we ever going to get time like that again to be home and soak up our loved ones?? I jokingly say that COVID-19 showed me that I definitely hit the jackpot in a future hubby- spending all my time with Rob was so wonderful and really grew our relationship in so many ways! In it’s own crazy way it was a blessing to be spending all that time together heading into our wedding this month. I thought today it would be fun to share some of the things we learned & how this time really grew our relationship!
ONE: We love taking walks!
Who knew?! This is has been one of the things that we’ve learned and really enjoyed; with gyms closed for the past two months, Rob and I have made nightly walks our ritual. Whether exploring our new neighborhood (which is the cutest btw! Our neighbors are so fun!!) or walking along the waterfront downtown, we both have said that this is something we want to continue even when we get “back to normal.” Plus, we somehow always end up having the best chats while walking together- so we get are getting fresh air AND growing our relationship 🙂
TWO: We’ve learned how to keep each other laughing.
One of the things I love about Rob is how funny he is- I’m always laughing with him! But, throw in a global pandemic and the stress of postponing one wedding and planning a second one… well that’s a whole new level of stress. Yet, other than one or two breakdowns along the way (pointing the finger at myself!) we’ve learned how to keep each other laughing, having fun, and embracing the unexpected and the unplanned! It’s been a glimpse of what the future is going to look like, and I couldn’t be more excited to walk through life with Rob by my side.
THREE: There is a whole new meaning to “Team.”
We learned in our pre-marriage class, and have continued to reference, the idea that we are not just a couple but a team! When you keep that mindset, it helps to shift potential disagreements by reminding us that we are on the same team and working towards the same goal. With all the challenges that were thrown our way the past 3 months, we really came together as a team and strengthened our bond- and how we tackle life’s curveballs together! I’m proud of how we’ve navigated this time together.
FOUR: We defined and refined our priorities as a couple.
Have you ever stopped to think about what your priorities as a couple are? I don’t know that we really had, but with everything going on in the world it really forced us/helped us to stop and think what mattered most to us as a couple (and of course as individuals!). Defining those priorities gave us clear vision and a clear direction for not only how we wanted to handle our time in quarantine but also how we wanted to live out our relationship post-COVID.
FIVE: Anything can be fun when you’re with the one you love!
Alright y’all, this may be cheesy but it is so true!! Along with keeping each other laughing, we found so many ways to just have FUN together! Whether is was picking our new furniture for our house, finding a new series on Netflix, attending “pool school” to learn how to tend to our pool, taking blog photos, or planning a backyard wedding, we made anything and everything fun! There is truly no one I would rather spend time with or go through this with then Rob!
I hope this post was fun for you to read! If you’re in a relationship- what are somethings that quarantine has taught you about your relationship? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Engagement Photos by the talented Katie Hauburger Photography.