It’s Sheena and Anthony aka HutchStew, and we’re back to talk about year two of marriage. This year, we wrote about each other’s growth, and we wanted to share our insight with our Coordinated Bride family. We’re not parents, but we think being someone’s spouse is a close second to witnessing the raw growth of an individual. Our parents give us so much of them, starting first with our mothers carrying us. They love, nurture and help mold us into the people we become. When you get married, you have the responsibility to love, nurture and help mold your partner.

Since we got engaged Anthony has transitioned to two different positions, and with those transitions came monetary increases. But, if you know me *in my Shania Twain voice* that don’t impress me much. Having the privilege to witness Anthony’s journey has been more inspiring than anything money can buy. Listen, that beard of his is SEXY AF, but nothing and I mean nothing compares to his ambition and drive. Anthony has to be the most driven person I know. This is a bit ironic because a few years ago I had to have some tough conversations with him about not selling himself short and reaching his full potential. It’s like one day the light came on and there’s been no turning back. It’s an amazing thing to watch someone believe so much in themselves and their ability that they are always looking for ways to improve, learn and evolve.What I’m most proud of is Anthony’s commitment to our marriage, mostly through his attention and genuine work towards bettering his communication. Listen, if you’re in any sort of relationship with me be prepared to communicate. I mean the type of communication where we work to find the root cause of things and not just treat the on the surface symptoms. Anthony has truly embraced this theory and has become an advocate of genuine meaningful communication. I laugh (if I’m not mad at the time) when he puts the tv on pause and says, “hey, we really need to talk about this. We need to find out what’s really going on”. I think wow, that’s sexy but then quickly think I’m mad, let me be mad right now lol.

So, for year two I’m thankful for Anthony’s

1. Beard  ||   2. Ambition/Drive  ||  3. Commitment to marriage through genuine work on communication

Hey, it’s Anthony aka Hutch, and now it’s my turn to talk about Sheena’s growth during this past year of marriage. If you’re in a relationship or have ever been in one, you know it’s not always filled with rainbows and butterflies. Our relationship has taken work and a lot of communication, and most of our communication progression can be attributed to Sheena. She is in tune with herself more than anyone I know. She is not only comfortable with expressing her emotions, but also possesses the ability to fully live in/experience them. She has the unique ability to feel what is going on and not hold it in. This is one of the many things I admire about my wife, and I’ve taken notes and tried to emulate.

She is one of the most compassionate people on the planet, and this truly inspires me. Her brain is constantly in “how can I help” mode. She is always thinking of a kind act or good deed to do for someone. Half of the things that she does for people she doesn’t tell the public about. Sheena has always been more of a finished product in our relationship, but I like to think she’s more finished than most of us. That’s due to her ability to really feel and truly experience things (even the bad). She is open to working things out and wanting to know the “root” cause. It used drive me crazy, but now I can say that I finally get it. Finding the root cause and then exploring how to fix it has helped our marriage so much!

So, for year two I am thankful for Sheena’s:

1. Ambition  ||  2. Kindness  ||  3. Patience

This is HutchStew signing off, but we’ll be back!

All images by Ivory Door Studio.   You can find more from Hutch & Stew via their lifestyle blog Love at Any Stage.  Sheena’s prior posts as a Guest Bride Blogger for the Coordinated Bride can be found {HERE}.  Happy Anniversary HutchStew!!