“We are a family. You are my family.” In our 11 years of marriage, my husband has spoken these words to me more times than I can count. And every time he would say it, I’d roll my eyes and scoff. Because in my mind, we were not a family. A couple? Sure, but a family? Absolutely not. I mean, how could we be when we don’t have any children?
In my husband’s mind, the moment we spoke our vows, we instantly became a family. He has never wavered in his belief, and no one can convince him otherwise. He has told me numerous times that even if it’s just the two of us for the rest of our lives, his life is not missing anything; I’ll always be enough.
I have struggled with this concept for years because I’ve always believed that a family must consist of children and their parent(s). The idea that the two of us, independent of a child, could still be complete didn’t make sense to me. I never fathomed a future where there would only be the two of us, yet here we are.
It has taken time for me to come around to the idea that we are a family. I would be lying if I said I didn’t still struggle to completely agree with that notion. However, I am happy to tell you that I no longer cringe or roll my eyes when he calls me his family. Instead, I let those words penetrate my heart and remind me that I am enough.-By Donsurae Byrd for more go to https://naturallyunashamed.