This past weekend we had the privilege of celebrating 5 years of marriage. I love to go back and see where we began. A hot, humid and sunny day. August 11, 2007.
I remember that day very vividly. I don’t know that I remember the actual ceremony but I can still feel all the emotions. Excitement, anxiety, nerves, and a lot of fear…fear of the unknown.
I very quickly realized that marriage although wonderful, is not easy. It’s a continual sanctifying process. Two people learning to live with each other…both sinners, both used to practicing selfish ways.
I love this picture from our 1st anniversary. We are so young looking…back in those days when we did things like sleep. Ah, sleep…
And then I faced one of the hardest years of my life. The transformation from wife, to wife and mother. My life owned by this tiny person. But God in his faithfulness pulled me through and I fell in love. Head-over-heels in love.
Anniversary number 3.
Year number 4…pregnant again.
And finally, our 5 year anniversary. Back when we were first married we always talked about doing something really special to celebrate 5 years. Funny how we thought we would have to time, the means…even the desire. Our families took our babies for us and we went to one of our favorite restaurants for a pretty low-key but perfect evening.
The Terminal serves the best organic/local food for the best prices. Then we went to a coffee shop, bought some dessert and walked around downtown until the rain forced us to leave.
The man I vowed to “have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”
May God in his faithfulness, give us the strength, the desire, the integrity, to keep these vows until “death do us part.” And I look forward the years God will give us because I can truly say, it just keeps getting better.