Although I do consider myself a very independent woman, I will be the first to admit that I am who I am because of my marriage. I know who I am outside of my marriage but my life with Vincent is something I am very proud of.
I am incredibly proud to say that Vincent and I have built our life together from pretty much nothing. We come from amazing families but getting married at 18 doesn't leave much room for financial stability. We received a lot of help from our families in the beginning but we became finically independent after three years of marriage (mostly meaning, my grandma stopped paying for my car). We decided it was time to be adults and it stunk.
Things aren't perfect now and we still have our struggles but I look at our beautiful daughter, our amazing family and friends. in our amazing home, in a wonderful city and I am so grateful. I am grateful for a husband who, despite having crummy 80+ hour weeks during tax season, is a hard worker. I am grateful that we are both stubborn and are willing to fight for his marriage no matter what is thrown our way. I am grateful for the life WE have built together.