Lessons from Year 2 of Marriage

I started drafting a few posts like last year to share some of the lessons Kurtis and I have learned over our second year of marriage. There were some clever lines, a few cute pictures, but it wasn’t gelling.

I’ve even read back through last year’s posts and thought “Wow, I thought I was being so cute and original…” But really, it feels like I know nothing at times!

A lot of events have transpired this year (as I know they have for many families), even more so

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Lessons from Our First Year of Marriage

Nearly 365 days have passed since we became Mr. and Mrs. Hanni.
The year has flown by, and yet it feels like we’ve been married for years already (in a good way!) I thought I would share some favorite moments and lessons learned over our first year of marriage.

Lesson 1: A dish is not a “meal” unless it has meat.

Unless the dish is being served past 9:00 p.m., lighter fares are then accepted as a “meal.” This may not seem like a big deal to you, but it is BIG DEAL to someone-ahem Kurtis-who shall remain nameless.

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It Was the Last of Times, It Was the First of Times

Hello readers,

This is Samantha Hanni, the writer formerly known as Samantha Maloy. I would’ve blogged sooner, but it’s later…so whatever. In case you hadn’t heard…

I am now a wife!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a husband!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wedding photography featured in this post by Valerie Sebestyen.
Check out my or her FB page for the complete album.

And I couldn’t be more thrilled, contented, or excited.

Where do I begin? The week leading up to the wedding proceeded smoothly, all things considered. But nearly everyday brought the poignant thought of “This is the last time that…”

The week that never was close, never seemed like

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One year ago today, I asked God for something rather specific.

This request is written on a piece of wood and is from a sermon that our church does every year. It represents “staking your claim” in God’s promises and is a visual representation of what you have asked God for in faith. (Another story behind this…ask me some other time!) So here I was. I was getting ready to start my senior year. I was going back to teaching. I was in a very good place in my relationship with the Lord. I was really happy with where I was in life. But I wanted to ask God this one thing… There was no one I was interested in at the time and I was looking at finishing school in just nine short months. In my mind, it was a reasonable request that I at least meet the man who I would marry and begin to build a friendship that would eventually turn into something more. If that still wasn’t in God’s timing for this year, then ok. At least I’d asked. And of course I had been praying about who I would marry for years, thinking about qualities that I desired, and actually praying FOR whoever that man would be. But this time, it just felt different. Anyway, back to 7-19-11…. About two weeks from that day, my friend Claire Myers told me about “this guy” from her church. (Also another crazy story in and of itself!) Then on 8-18-11, I met Kurtis Hanni for the first time at the Starbucks by dance. Then one month from that first meeting, we were dating. Then nine months later, we got engaged. So here I am a year later, planning a wedding and preparing to become a wife to the most loving, intelligent, God-fearing, funny, handsome man I have EVER met.   I am thrilled beyond words. Yet I managed to find a few for this post 🙂 I share this because I am always encouraged when I hear or read about God answering prayers and working in the lives of fellow believers. My story…our story!… isn’t a formula or a blueprint, but yet another piece of unique evidence of a faithful God. And He is so very faithful…goodness…I can hardly articulate it. “…no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2:9