Here at Nitty Gritty Love, we get down to the nit and grit that is marriage. It isn’t easy, that’s for sure. It requires a infinite amount of grace, forgiveness, and giving up of pride.
We’re not here to feed you fluff, or pretend that we have perfect marriages. Because the truth is, marriage isn’t for sissies. It’s freaking hard work, and sometimes it feels like it downright sucks. We may look happy in that picture over there, but one of us had left in a fury that morning after a marital spat (we won’t tell you which one).
But even amongst the arguments and trials, marriage is one of life’s greatest blessings. It reveals the selfishness in our hearts, teaches us how to serve, and joins us with lifetime companions in this crazy-difficult life. It’s really an amazing picture of the gospel, and that’s worth every tough day.
So hang around, join the conversation, laugh, and be encouraged.
Hello! I’m Tayler, follower of Jesus, wife to Kyle, mama to Leo, and freelance marketer.
My husband and I have known each other since we were 14, began dating at 16, and got married at 19. During our second year of marriage we experienced amazing blessings and life-shaking challenges. In October of 2013, after months of headaches, sickness, and eventually vision loss, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. As someone who suffers from horrible medical anxiety, it was a challenge to say the least!
Then, in May of 2015, we faced the biggest challenge of our lives thus far—losing our baby at just shy of 11 weeks gestation.
Right now we’re just learning to lean into God on the hard days, praise him on the good days, and press forward no matter what. We know he has better days ahead, and that above all, he is faithful.
Nice to “meet” you! I’m Michelle: wife of Scott for twenty-two years, a mother to five (plus a baby kangaroo), and a homeschool mom.
I married my adorable husband at 19 and had our first daughter, Tayler, at 21. As soon as I laid eyes on her, I knew being a mother was going to be the most important and beautiful thing I could ever do. It came easy to me. Oddly, being a wife did not come so effortlessly. We stumbled our way through our first few years of marriage as we tried to figure it all out. We were blessed with four more children, and have had both glorious and gut-wrenching moments on our journey together.
Some days we feel like we are doing great, and others are a struggle just to get through. But God’s grace is always enough. It’s a process, and even though it’s difficult at times, it’s so worth fighting for.
I know it can be tough these days, struggling with comparisons and feelings of inadequacy, especially when viewing others through the window dressing of a computer screen. But we are all in this together. All of us have similar hurdles to clear. All of us feel we have missed the mark at times, but it’s actually okay to fail. That’s when God shines. Through our weaknesses, He gives strength. So, let’s give each other space to stumble and room to be real, and remember to be kind, because everyone is fighting a hard battle.
I want to use this space to share with you the good, the bad, and the ugly that is my life. Maybe it will encourage you. Maybe it will inspire you. Maybe it will simply amuse you. Whichever it is, I am thankful you are taking time to be here.