I'm Mary, some close friends call me Marebear. I'm from a lot of places, but home is Spotsylvania County, VA, and St. Mary's County, MD. Spotsylvania is known for Civil War battles and historic sites, and St. Mary's is known for having MD's first capitol, and America's first Catholic mass (and also blue crabs and stuffed ham!) I currently live in Arlington, VA, which is known for it's traffic jams.
My chief interest and goal is being a stay at home mom, and being active in my community. But I have a pretty extensive bucket list- you'd have to sit down to read it.
Hard to say what I like about the Catholic faith- I like how solid it is, I guess? I like that, being Byzantine, I have long-standing traditions and enjoy the varying aspects and the beauty of all the different rites.
Marriage is a safety net, there's no turning back, you have to make it work. You might have a best friend with whom you share everything one day, and down the road maybe they are just someone to sit quietly with. It's what you make of it. It is about not falling out of love with each other at the same time, and helping each other learn how to fall back in love when times are hard.
Random fact: I used to be a shopaholic, I'd drop $500 on clothes once or twice a month, had over 60pairs of shoes, bought artwork I never hung, wine I never drank, treated my friends or family to fancy out of town weekend trips every month- but now I dig thrifting and keeping my life downsized; I got rid of 2/3 of everything I owned. I didn't have any credit card debt through the years I was a shopaholic, but now I put the money to better use. I still go out of town a lot though, but I keep it real :)