5 Years

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 there is our 2 year anniversary.  Me all pregnant and puffy…two weeks away from my due date.

Carrying our precious first born.

I love this picture.  I remember exactly what it was like to hold Cora.  Perfection.  A tiny, warm, beautiful bundle.  A gift from God.

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.

Just the two of us for one night. Suddenly a date night became a very precious commodity.  Rare and definitely not taken for granted!

Year number 4…pregnant again.

Carrying our precious Elinor.

And in between then and now…this little one was born.

Our beautiful 2nd born.

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.

And every time I look at the beautiful tulips on our kitchen table, I think about my husband.

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.

 

7 Responses to 5 Years

  1. Justin says:

    Love you Sweetheart! We have been blessed.

  2. Happy Anniversary! Glad you were able to enjoy a quiet night out with the two of you. Dinner with no little ones interrupting is a huge blessing!

  3. Kendra B. says:

    Happy Anniversary! You guys are so sweet, and so photogenic might I add! ;) So glad you were able to have a wonderful little anniversary date!

  4. maryanne helms says:

    It is so sweet, seeing the tulips. Even with Cora trying to lop their tops off constantly. So glad it was a refreshing couple of days.

    Don’t forget to show us all your beautiful new chairs:)!

  5. Betty says:

    ooh new chairs?? and Happy Anniversary! Y’all (and we) have had such a blessed and wonderful five years. It was so nice to see a recap through pictures!

  6. bchallies says:

    Love the photo journey

  7. LeAnna says:

    Happy Anniversary (late)! Time flies, huh? I guess I’ve been reading your blog for 2+ years??? Somewhere close, because I think I remember that 3rd anniversary picture when you posted it. :)

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