EST 12.29.10

our conclusion about marriage:

it's hard :)

That's all! Thanks for coming!

Just kidding. But, man, I don't think either of us could have seen life the way it is now. I don't mean an amputee living life with his wife and children (because we definitely didn't see that coming). I mean the day-to-day, regular life stuff that can tear your marriage apart if you ignore it. Ironically, we kind of knew we were going to survive Josh's injury. The only rule was don't give up. But when we got into the real world, the rules became keep the kids alive, don't be late for work, mandatory attendance for (a lot of) work trips, and paying bills. This stuff tempted us with giving up more than once.

It's so confusing how the daily stuff can make you question everything.

How did we get here?

Is this all there is to life?

I just didn't think it would be like this...

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Paige's Top 3

After 10 years of marriage, here are my top 3 "I didn't think it would be like this" categories

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Josh's Top 3

After 10 years of marriage, here are the three things that most surprised Josh.

MOST SURPRISING THINGS ABOUT MARRIAGE

Wetzel Fam Laws of Marriage

The truth we've discovered-- no loopholes, no shortcuts

1. Apply the Golden Rule--meaning treat them the way you want to be treated even if they don't do the same

2. Cruise control doesn't exist-- don't allow yourself to believe there is a formula or routine that you can copy and paste from now until you die. Life changes and your marriage must adapt and grow!

3. Marriage is a completely faith-based decision-- You hardly knew anything about yourself when you you said those vows, much less your partner. Grace will get you far!

4. A great marriage is built on the cornerstone of forgiveness-- The ability to say "I'm sorry" is the key to learning and appreciating who your spouse is. 

5. No one should be praying for your spouse like you do-- We spent years not knowing how to pray for each other because we either didn't think about it or we just assumed we knew where prayer was needed. Don't forget, don't assume, ASK!

PODCAST EPISODES:

THE STORYTELLERS PODCAST

LOOSENING YOUR GRIP: A MARRIAGE STORY

Let’s face it, marriage can be hard, especially when life hits you with an unexpected, tragic event. Paige, from in Auburn, Alabama, expresses how she and her husband got through the battle of a lifetime after her husband lost both of his legs serving our country, only to find themselves back in the trenches to save their marriage. Paige is raw as she shares about her insecurities, her control issues, and the healing that only God could orchestrate in her marriage.

THE TRAVIS MILLS PODCAST

RECALIBRATED WARRIOR AND AUBURN ATHLETICS

"Josh Wetzel met Travis at Walter Reed while they were both recovering from injuries sustained in the war in Afghanistan. Josh lost both legs when he stepped on an IED during patrol with his unit in 2012.  Having met in college, Josh and Paige married and now live with their two daughters in Alabama where they are both working for the Auburn University athletic department.  Relying on their strong faith and a strong family support system, Paige and Josh have not only persevered in the face of adversity, but taken it to the point where they are now reaching out to help others with similar circumstances.  Be sure to look for Paige's upcoming book!!

AS A COUPLE, WE WANT TO PASS THE TEST

There's nothing that evil wants more than to tear apart the most important union between two people...

...and we know this first hand. In hindsight, it is so easy to see how even things that were meant to be blessings quickly turned into areas of hostility. In our ten years of marriage we have learned so much about God's Will for our relationship as well as what God permits in our relationship-- two very different things! We love to encourage other couples with the truth of our story by helping people be leaders in their homes.

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