For many of you who follow my blog, I have in prior posts made mention of the fact that my marriage had been under a lot of stress for quite some time. I had kept mum about it in the beginning, only opening up to a very few close friends, but slowly over time the rosy veneer began to crack and the ugliness spilled out into and all over everything. Soon there wasn’t a day that went by that we weren’t fighting about something, anything, and everything…. We were existing on borrowed time. He hated the house we lived in – the one I had once shared with my ex-husband. He resented the fact that nothing was his, that we tripped over my ex on a daily basis, and that he was far from his work, his friends, his family. I resented him for resenting everything. I hated that it was like pulling teeth to get him to help me out with anything around the house. I hated that he didn’t contribute, participate, or want to be a part of our family. To make a long story short, he was miserable, I was miserable and together we were a mess.
Putting my house (because truthfully that was what it was) on the market was like taking an enormous leap of faith, if not throwing the proverbial Hail-Mary” if you will… I wasn’t ready to be done with my marriage and felt deep down that a change of venue might just be what we needed to reset our marriage and ourselves. Many around me questioned my thought process but I was adamant that I needed to make this move.
Fast forward a year and a few blog posts on the stressors of buying and selling a home and I am happy to report that we just celebrated one month in OUR new house. It was a very long road to get here but it truly seems to have been worth it. The difference I have noticed in my husband is huge. In general he is more relaxed, more at ease, and genuinely happier. He spends more time with the kids and has even made a very concerted effort to bridge the gap he created with my boys. He is vested in working on our house and takes pride in projects we have begun to undertake. And while we still have moments where we disagree and fight, our marriage for the first time in a long time is on much more solid ground.