It's official. Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Celebrated is actually too big a word. I have the flu. We said, "Happy Anniversary" to each other, shared a quick kiss, and I gave him a gift. There is no denying that we haven't been having the easiest go of it lately. Our nearly yearlong stay in Italy, which is facing a far worse economic crisis than my native United States (government shutdown and all) combined with our son's difficulty in adjusting here have sucked the life out of us or at least me, which is affecting both of us. But we're trying to focus on the positives and hang onto the love, as I've mentioned before. So far, so good. Still, it helps to hear from other couples in similar situations, those going through the fire so to speak. Finally, I've found a fellow blogger, Krishann Briscoe, with similar sentiments, who wrote a lovely piece, pegged to a survey about the hardest years of marriage. (Year five is supposed to be akin to something Dante would have written about. Oh boy!) But Briscoe's personal story of love conquering the challenges will inspire you, and it might even help you get through those low points every person and every marriage faces.