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      From Kathleen, advice on your first year of marriage:

      For us, the first year of marriage flew by and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far. Before we got married, Karl and I spent a lot of our relationship apart because of the military. It definitely took a bit of adjusting at first, but being able to come home to each other every day has absolutely been the best feeling ever.

      My biggest advice for couples is to just have fun, enjoy every moment, and don’t take for granted the things you do together, whether it be something small like cuddling up on the couch watching your favorite tv show, or booking impulse plane tickets to a place you’ve never been before. That’s exactly what we did when we went to Oregon, and it turned out to be one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of life, but it’s important to make time for each other and most of all listen to what the other has to say without interruptions or distractions of technology.

      Also, never fail to tell the other person “I love you” every day and make them feel appreciated. Karl does a lot for me; every morning when I’m rushing in the morning for work, he wakes up early to make me an espresso and pack my lunch.  I make sure he knows how thankful I am to have him and how much I appreciate the little things he does for me on a daily basis.

      Lastly, don’t take yourself too seriously. Our so-called “arguments” always end with bursts of laughing at how ridiculous we sound and we question why it was even an argument to begin with. In a marriage you are not fighting against each other, but are on the same team. If you keep that in mind, your life and marriage will always be filled with happiness.

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      Stay tuned to catch Part II of the III part series with Karl & Kathleen and check out the feature on White Magazine.

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