gambling + love

"Marriage is life's greatest gamble. Are you ready to make take that bet, Ben?" - Courtney's dad This was a quote from last night's previews for the Bachelor. Ok, yes. I admit it. I watch the Bachelor in all its horrors. And I love it. But last night when I heard that little quote from one of the fathers about marriage, both Ry and I looked at each other, and were like, seriously? I know life can feel like a gamble sometimes. We make choices in life, and we really never know what we're going to get. But I think there are two different types of choices we make. Some are gambles. For example, the last bag of chips I bought for a camp-out was a flavour I had never tried! But it sounded soooo good, so I had to try it! And to my dismay, it was awful! It tasted like bbq gone bad with a side of old crusty mayo. Yes, that gross. I wish I could tell you the name, but I seem to have blocked the memory from my mind.

But then there are 'decisions'. Things that you feel confident in. You know what you are choosing and why. And this is the category I feel great marriages fit into. When Ryan asked me to marry him, I knew how I felt, and I knew how he felt. He was the love of my life, and I knew I did not want to live another day without him being a part of it. And in the deepest part of my heart, I knew he felt the same. So we married, and I will never feel like that decision was a risky one. Yes, we do not know what life will bring us. Some people have to go through some extremely difficult situations with their families, and I only hope and pray that whatever comes our way, we can come out on the other side. But these 'things'…. these 'situations' would happen whether I was doing them beside the love of my life or not. People get cancer. People lose their jobs. We lose money, we earn money. We buy homes. We make all sorts of choices that don't always go our way, and sometimes they do. But when it comes to love. When it comes to the person I want to raise a family with. When it comes to matters of my heart, that choice to say YES when he asked me to marry him, was because I KNEW he was the one. Not because I was 'hoping' he was a good flavour.

Ryan is my big bag of sour cream and onion chips. Rippled or plain. Love it every time! No gamble there!

Happy Valentine's Day to my husband, Ryan. You make me so very happy.