Five Years & Counting!
We have been married since June 10, 2016. Marriage changes things in delightful and unexpected ways. The easiest part about being married is being confident in our dedication, support and love for one another. Living together and sharing a home is simple, as we make a great team. We took a risk and moved in together after dating for only six months, and very quickly realized that it was one of the best decisions we made in our relationship. We are each others’ biggest fans, and even though we are very different, at the end of the day, it is amazing to go to bed knowing someone truly has your back. The best part about being married is being able to be completely honest and have any emotion around your wife while knowing you are safe. After we said our vows and said “I do,” our family officially started. We merged our last names to Martin Salvo, and as puzzling as that has been for people to understand that a person can have two names that are not hyphenated (it’s very confusing for some), we are proud of it and it symbolizes our commitment and bond. Ten days after our wedding we moved from Massachusetts to South Carolina and started a new chapter in our lives. This year has had a lot of ups and downs, but also some really exciting beginnings. We are living on a beautiful farm in our dream home, with our horses and dogs, and every day is a new adventure. The biggest challenge of being married for us is financial. We didn’t really get in each others’ finances or business while we were dating or engaged, but once we were married that changed. When you have to file your taxes together, start budgeting, and begin saving for the future, you realize that life isn’t all fun and games, and sometimes you need to sit down and have the hard conversations. Jahna started nursing school, which has been exciting, but that means Megan has become the breadwinner and at times that can be stressful. Before we got married, we heard that the first year is the hardest. Our friends actually sent us a $150 check on our one year anniversary with a card that said “I wanted to congratulate you on “surviving” the first year of marriage. The first year is undoubtedly the most challenging and you made it.” We broke down crying when we got this “well-earned first year of marriage gift” (as our friend stated), and we will definitely be continuing that tradition. Our advice is be patient and be kind. Life can be demanding and everybody fights. When you are married, forever is involved, and that can get intense. But it truly is the most wonderful thing in the world. Take time to be individuals. We are complete opposites, one introverted and one extroverted, and it has been great to keep up our own hobbies, passions, and begin new friendships, both together and apart. We had to spend four months long distance this winter because of Megan’s job, and as hard as it was to be away from one another, being independent and being married got us through. Trust one another, change together, grow together, and don’t forget to laugh.