Phase 1 of Marriage is full of new exciting beginnings!
It lasts a relatively short time, but there are aspects of it that must remain in marriage for the entire journey!
After the honeymoon is over ... seeing your partner for who they really are is Phase 2. This is an important time of learning and growing.
This is the stage where a couple has joined forces for the greater good! Big dreams, big purchases, big families and big problems! Phase 3 is a time to "make hay while the sun shines" ... but don't forget your spouse in the process!
Phase 4 of marriage sees the couple graduating to new days. It's a time of children moving out .... and maybe moving back in! Aging parents to deal with and care for. The possibility of an "empty nest" and the time to get to know each other afresh.
Oh No! is not a specific phase. Oh No! can hit a marriage at anytime.
It is the life-altering challenges that happen sometime in every marriage.
Health, harm, emotions, loss, pain and many more ... they all create a crisis in the midst of your marriage.
OhWow! is the "Oh Happy Day" phase. It is the time in a marriage where things are beginning to slow down in a good way, habits are established and dreams of the future actually have a chance at being realized!