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Friday, July 5, 2013

5th Anniversary {2013}

For the past week, I have been trying to think of the right thing to post here on my blog to commemorate five years of marriage.  I had already posted a blog on a past anniversary which detailed our entire lives together.  You can read it here. (I just re-read it, and laughed. I didn't realize how much of a stickler I was for details!) Anyway, like I said, I've been racking my brain trying to come up with the perfect thing to post about on our anniversary. 

And then, a couple of days ago, I came across this blog post. You should go read it too.  Sometimes, when you don't have the words to say, someone else says it better.  I hope these words touch you like they did me:

By Darlene Schacht at Time Warp Wife

""I do," is one of the shortest sentences in our English language and yet it carries a promise that's too vast to be measured by man.

It's not one thing we do, but a thousand little things that make up the sum of our vows.

Long-lasting love doesn't happen by accident. We don't find ourselves holding hands after twenty-five years with the one that we love by pure chance. Love is deliberate, it's intentional, it's purposeful, and in the end it's worth every minute that we give of ourselves to another.

Marriage is a thousand little things. It's giving up your right to be right in the heat of an argument. It's forgiving another when they let you down. It's loving someone enough to step down so they can shine. It's friendship. It's being a cheerleader and trusted confidant. It's a place of forgiveness that welcomes one home, and arms they can run to in the midst of a storm. It's grace.

It's giving of yourself tirelessly down paths you'd never imagine to travel. Through sickness and pain, poverty and loss, it's carrying the weight of another. It's being the smile they see in the morning, and the body they hold close at night. It's pure love. It's standing together in the face of adversity. It's riding alongside each other in a battle that threatens to tear down your marriage and seeks to grab hold of your faith. It's strength under pressure.

It's listening to the heart of another and understanding their pain. It's offering words of encouragement when they need it most. It's walking hand-in-hand in the park, and a gentle kiss in the pouring rain. It's laughing together.

It's endless compassion.

Marriage is ordained by an almighty God, and when we live out our vows according to His incredible wisdom and never fails."

 This picture was taken on the eve of our wedding.  I was beyond excited to be marrying my best friend.  I had no idea, at that point in time, just how much life would affect our perfectly blissful relationship.  And it has! From having babies young, to moving around like crazy, to dealing with some crazy church folk (sorry!), we have been through so much in our five years together.  Not to mention the fact that God couldn't have put two creatures together who are more alike than us two.  Don't get me wrong, we have our differences.  But in the ways that we are alike, we are REALLY alike... Both of us passionate, head-strong, outspoken, and opinionated...we make a great team when we agree on things.  But when we disagree? Well, like I said, we are very passionate.  We have a hard time backing down when we feel strongly about something.

But you know what, there has not been one day that I have regretted marrying this man.  Even on our worse days, when we have selfishly hurt each other deeply, we always return to each other with arms wide open, full of forgiveness, grace and love.  You see, the Gospel affects every aspect of our lives.  That perfectly blissful life that we had in mind? We traded it in for a realistic one.  A life that is even better than what we could have imagined.  God covers us in forgiveness, grace, mercy and love.  And because He does, we are able to do the same for each other.

"Marriage is ordained by an almighty God, and when we live out our vows according to His incredible wisdom and never fails."

I love you Jordan.  Always.  

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