When I was growing up I loved puzzles. There's just something about putting everything in its proper place to make a bigger picture that has always attracted me. Marriage has become a little bit of a puzzle, but with higher stakes than the cupcake jigsaw I worked on a few summers ago. Becoming a Newlywed has introduced me to so many more "pieces" of life. There are the work pieces, school pieces, church pieces, family pieces, and spending time with your spouse pieces. Not to mention the cleaning the house pieces, trying to cook pieces, and getting the bills paid pieces. In looking at each piece, it's easy to get kind of overwhelmed. In looking at each piece it's easy to note my sweet husband still can't remember to turn off the lights when he leaves a room. In looking at just the pieces Jake reminds me I really could just have one alarm in the morning and actually get up when it goes off. But I'm learning that I'm happiest, we're happiest, when we see the big picture in the little things. Let me explain.
I worked a little later on Tuesday, I didn't get home until after Jake did, which never happens. Jake saw an opportunity in my late return. As I pulled into the driveway, I noticed something right away, There were only a few lights on in the house. As I came inside, Jake turned off the lights in the living room and led me to the kitchen. He had cleaned our little living room, and got all cute and ready for me. He had put some cologne on and made sure his hair looked good. In the kitchen on our table he had a date set up for us. Root beer floats by candle light. Sweet huh? Dates at home have become my very favorite. I saw the big picture in that little Tuesday night root beer float date with my best friend.
I spent a few minutes after work today looking at some of the pictures from our wedding day. Our talented photographer Karynn Elizabeth captured more of those little moments where I see the big picture. I look at our happy faces and I can't believe it has been 2 months since we got married. And I can't believe how much happier I have become since that day. So I think I'll put the puzzle pieces away, set one alarm for tomorrow morning, and focus on the big picture, little things. I love my sweet Jake, and I love my little happy wife life.
My name is Maddie Townsend Topham and I am a happy wife!