Still running for the cheese (or why this blog still exists)

As my regular readers can tell, this has been a dry year for me. Just look at the number of posts this year vs. 2008! Awhile back, I had considered either shutting down the Maze, or starting a new blog that would more accurately reflect where I am in life now. Truth be told, sometimes I come here, look around, and feel distinctly hypocrytical about the things I want to write. I'm sure I'm not the only one to ever be in that kind of place.
As the time in between posts has grown longer, I came to realize something. Without the past years' material, where I am now makes very little sense. What good is the destination without the journey? As Christians, so much of the best stuff that happens to us is in the times God is molding us to His image. To throw away the evidence of that process would somehow cheapen the result, I think.
So, here we are, dear friends. I think my little mousie may just have rounded a corner finally. Some things will change around here to reflect the changes in my heart. And you know what? That's ok. As much as I typically rage against anything changed in my life, I'm learning to accept the God-given ones. My prayer is that some of you may be encouraged by what you read here. Hey, you may even be challenged. And of course, if you know me, then you know you always stand a good chance of being offended too. Not intentionally, to be sure! Just know that what you find as you wander this Maze with me may surprise you as much as it does me.

All that to say this:

Welcome to

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Feelin' sentimental, or maybe that was just mental?

After reading a lovely post of Mrs. Anna T's, I've been feeling rather sentimental all week.
Today, Mr. P. and I celebrate 6 years of marriage. While it hasn't always been tea and roses, it has been the best years of my life. Hands down! One thing we've been talking about lately has been that our years together (9 years as a couple! Yowsa!) have created in us a bond that truly cannot be broken. We've been through so much, and come out the other end. Mr. P. and I both have always had this image in our heads during the hard times. The 2 of us, back to back, against whatever may come. Honestly, we wouldn't have gotten this far if that weren't a true picture of our marriage.
No marriage is perfect, and our's perhaps less than others. I think only by the grace of God are we still getting stronger each day. Well that, and He smacked us both upside the head when we really needed it the most. Smile
The thing that often amazes me about us is the very simple fact that we have been married for 6 years and are only in our late twenties. I was 21 and Mr. P. was 22 when we married. That's awfully young in this day and age. When we look at those we know who either married around when we did, or at least moved in together, as far as we know, we are the only ones still married and growing in love.
Because we married so young, we have had the chance to grow together as people, not just as a couple. We celebrated our 21st birthdays together. We laughed and rejoiced over new jobs and promotions. We teased each other and cried a bit over first gray hairs. (gasp!) We've grieved together and healed from our pasts together. We've gone from silly teenagers to slightly less silly adults.
Marriage is so much more than just sharing a name or a home. It's the bonding of lives and hearts. Really, if that bond is to last and mean something, you've gotta be willing to fight for it, and to forgive when the hurt seems insurmountable.
To Mr. P.~ After these 6 years as your bride, I can honestly say I will always fight for what we have. I promise to try my best not to screw up like I have in the past. I will love you no matter what we face, and we will forever face it all together.

"This is my lover, this is my friend."
- taken from Song of Solomon 5:16

Til next squeak,

2 Squeaks from the Maze:

Mr P said...

LOL just call me da KARATE KID i always got yo back..and uh hush on that grey hairthing cause i am still YOUNG lol!

Mrs. P. said...

~rolls eyes~
Did I say slightly less silly adults? Oy.
Love ya babe.

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