It was my honor to interview one of the most supportive men behind our blog. He has read every one of our posts since the beginning, proofread my writing, affirmed my work, and has given his honest opinion when things don’t make sense. He is my best friend and my greatest fan. Here are a few words from my wonderful husband, Dylan!
What is your favorite thing about your spouse?
Dylan: Everything that Abby does is intentional for our relationship. When we started dating, Abby was interested in getting to know who I was as a person and made me feel comfortable opening up. I love the life that we built together.
Abby: My favorite thing about Dylan is his calm demeanor. He is the most patient man I have ever met and remains calm during conflict. Because of his determination, I trust him to provide for our family. He is so good about affirming and encouraging me. I love that he is grounded and trustworthy!
What is your primary role within the marriage?
Dylan: I am the provider, the protector, and the spiritual leader.
Abby: I am fortunate to stay home with our daughter, Nora. My primary role in our marriage is caring for our home and family. I love turning our house into a home by selecting the decor, planning meals, and folding laundry. I admit that Dylan is a better cook…..so I will gladly do the dishes!
Share some of the blessings you have received within your marriage.
Dylan: The greatest blessing within our marriage is our daughter, Nora. We have grown together as we navigate the vocation of parenthood.
Abby: Just as Dylan said, our greatest blessing is our daughter! Parenthood has transformed our marriage! I thought I loved him before, but after watching him fill the fatherhood role, my love for him has exploded. I would also label Dylan’s new job as a huge blessing. He is no longer working odd hours. We have more time together as a family!
What are some of the things that you do to keep your marriage going?
Dylan: Our communication and commitment to one another keeps our marriage going. We have an evening routine of sharing our highs and lows. We make it a priority to keep the Lord at the center of our relationship.
Abby: We pray with and for one another. Nothing makes me feel more loved than Dylan praying a petition for whatever is weighing on my heart or praying in thanksgiving for the joys I experienced! Our communication is our greatest asset. We have built into our evening a time to reconnect by sharing our highest point of the day, the lowest point, a humor moment, one thing we are grateful for, and a God moment. I hope that our children can partake one day!
What unique role has your faith and God played within your marriage?
Dylan: God has loved me regardless of all of my imperfections. He has taught me to love Abby without an expectation of perfection.
Abby: God played a role in us finding one another and has written a beautiful love story for us. I am in awe of the small yet significant details God added to our love narrative. As I prayed for my future husband to grow in virtue, Dylan was reconnecting with his Catholic faith. The Lord has made room in our hearts to be the leader but also be led by the other.
What is your ideal date night?
Dylan: Some sort of outdoor adventure such as a walk or bike ride with ice cream and a homecooked meal.
Abby: My ideal date would be a day trip somewhere with walking or hiking trails. Or anything that involves ice cream!
My dear readers, I would like to leave you with a prayer for the man you love written by Marissa Donnelly.
God, I pray for this man I love. I pray that his mind stays centered, his burden stays light, his heart stays pure and our journey blooms as we grow together. But most of all, I pray that he never loses sight of my love, or of you.
Until next time, your sister in Christ,