Three years and counting

Three years ago this morning, I woke up in a haze.

Mom and I packed up the car and set out for a Western Illinois winery, where in a matter of hours, life as I had known it for nearly 28 years was about to change.

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(photo by Danielle’s photography)

After months of planning, I was about to marry a man I had met less than a year before. Was I scared? Absolutely. Do I ever regret it? Absolutely not.

I married a man who loves me fiercely, who looks out for my best interests and places the utmost importance on what is best for us as a couple, who continues to strive to be the best husband — better than I deserve.

A man who keeps me in stitches with his unique sense of humor, who broadens my perspective on love, life and faith.

A man who selflessly loves me even when I’m at my worst and cheers me on when I’m at my best.

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The groom (sitting front and center) eventually came to terms with getting married the day of the Iowa/Michigan game. (photo by Emma Wroughton)

We’ve faced some challenges and made a few tough decisions so far, and I know there’s plenty more of those in store as the years progress. The dark times will only make us stronger, and they’ll make our best moments all the sweeter.

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Newlyweds (photo by Danielle’s Photography)

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(photo by Danielle’s Photography)

Regardless of what the future holds, neither of us are alone. We serve a God Who has ordained each day we’ve been given — past, present and future. With that in mind, why should we be afraid? (Romans 8:31).

 

We may not have memorized word for word the vows we wrote for our ceremony (so we’re totally failing at this marriage thing … ha!), but maybe once in a while we need to dig them out and read them again. I know I do, anyway. But I hope that, to the best of my ability and with God’s help, I have lived up so far to the vows I made. And I pray that as we continue this journey together, our commitment to the Lord and one another will grow stronger and deeper.

 

I love you with all my heart, Jared. Happy anniversary to you, too.

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(Photos by Danielle’s Photography)

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