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Today is my 4 year wedding anniversary.

My husband and I have been together for over 11 years, had 2 babies, bought 1 house and had a tonne of fun on the way.

It hasn’t always been roses. But show me a relationship where it is always sunny and I would be skeptical.

Relationships need light and dark. They need the good times and the bad. Steel is strengthened under extreme temperatures of hot and cold. Diamonds are made by intense pressure. Chocolate pudding is delicious after being baked at 180 degrees.

See the pattern?

The best relationships are ones where you have complete freedom to be yourself. Where the other person helps you up, supports you and encourages you to be more, grow more, dream bigger.

The best relationships are built on communication. Good, old fashioned, open and honest communication.

You need to be able to talk about your fears. You need to be able to ask for help. You need to be able to talk about money. You need to be able to talk about how you want to raise your children.

You won’t always agree. In fact, you might have drastically opposing ideas. But as long as you can communicate and have the same end goal, then all will be sweet.

And finally, know that a good relationship is a marathon. It requires focus, dedication and commitment each and every day to work on it. Sounds down right sexy, huh? But seriously – that is true passion. It won’t always been fireworks but there will be a sustained spark for a lifetime.

And to my husband – you are amazing. Thanks for your love, support, trust and faith in me. Thank you for being the most amazing father to our children. And thanks for being there when I need you.

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