“You don’t ever have anything bad to say about your husband, do you?” she asked me.

I froze. Because I wanted to support her. I know marriage can be hard and she was in a tough spot.

I lied.

“He gets on my nerves sometimes,” I said.

She smiled. I think she knew I was saying it just to make our conversation relatable.

But the truth? Husband of mine, you never annoy me.

I’m not a fan of your snoring or your massive shoes in the middle of the floor. We bicker sometimes. I’m stubborn and wild and too involved in my work. You like things your way and you play the safe card.

We’re not perfect, of course. We’re both sinful, selfish humans.

But our marriage? It’s just easy.

They all tell me marriage is hard, but it’s never been that way with you.

I’ve never doubted.

I’ve always known.

You’re my best friend. You are the person I have to talk to every single day. You’re my guy.

And sometimes, it feels like I need to lie, or keep my mouth shut around the general population, because our marriage? It’s just really, really good. And I know that’s not common.

I don’t say this to brag or act like someone who is better than the rest. Marriage is difficult for the vast majority of people and maybe there will be tough spots in the future for us.

But for now, I speak the truth. Our marriage has made me blissfully happy.

Sometimes a good love story doesn’t want to be heard. It’s easier to read and acknowledge the bad stuff. But there needs to be a voice for the happy, too. Couples everywhere need to know that it’s possible. It’s exists. Not just in the movies—but in reality.

“What’s the secret?” they ask. I’m not sure. Faith, patience, respect? Maybe I just got lucky.

What I do know? I don’t take this relationship for granted. You’re so good to me and our kids. You love me well. You respect me.

I do the same for you.

And so, I don’t speak badly about you. I pray that’s how our story will always be.

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Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.