today, six years ago, we got married. it was a sunday, it was both rainy & sunny … a simply stunning day. this time last year we were in Hong Kong celebrating five years (hence the walk down memory lane above!). as i look back through our photos i am stumped as to how fast the years go by … I mean seriously?!?! It feels like yesterday we were saying our vows, and now we have three kids, a house, a car, new careers, new hair styles & glasses and we are making memories like crazy !! Mark’s comment to me last night … “if we keep this going for the next twenty-five years, we’re going have sixty kids” … not quite, my love! but close <3
i’m not going to lie. it has not all been peaches & cream. we have had our struggles like any (and every!) couple. we have had bouts of sleep deprivation, concern over our kids, stresses at work and study, and working through things in our relationship that can only be explained by the fact that we’re both sinners & need & know the love and grace of Jesus. but, i treasure our marriage, our union, our oneness. i am forever thankful that God hand picked this man to be my husband and kept him for me until the perfect time. i treasure the life that we are making, the foundation that we are building, and the path we are carving. i treasure our three little children. i treasure our past and our future.
today we give thanks and celebrate! we look for inspiration from those who have gone before us and we hope to be an example to those who come after us of love, covenant, devotion, romance.
here’s to the next sixty years and more together !
we have been married for five years today ! woweeeeeee!!
thank you, my love for your love, your kindness, your patience, your respect, your fun, and for the memories that we have created together. i love you.
thank you, our family & friends who have loved, supported & encouraged us in our marriage in all your special & different ways.
thank you especially to Jesus – our third strand in a cord that will not be broken. we dedicate our lives to you & loving your people.
* also so thankful to all you wedding photographers out there & for our wedding photographer in particular who captured so many ‘us’ moments on the day … thank you kim ! i love looking at our wedding photos … it warms my heart
there MUST be something in the water. everyone is either engaged or getting married. i love it !!! this last week i have celebrated with two gorgeous girls at a hens and at a wedding. it is SO exciting ! hens nights are fun in anticipation of the big day … the bride always looks so innocent, a bit girly, and radiant … truly radiant. the wedding day, well, let’s just say i wish i could get married every single day of my life … especially to the man i married !
but let’s not beat around the bush. it is a hard time going to hens nights and weddings either in a relationship that is going nowhere, or not even in a relationship. i remember at 23 going to over 11 of my friends’ weddings after sorely breaking up with a boy i thought i would marry. it was so incredibly hard. possibly life long scars were made during that time. i remember thinking ‘would anyone ever love me?’ and ‘will i ever get married?’. lucky for me it was only two years later that i walked down that aisle to an unexpected but incredible gift … my husband. wow, what a man!
every time i go to a wedding now i can only think of the day when my baby will get married. i pray she marries an amazing man who not only loves her to bits but also loves … well, me just kidding ! i really hope i am an ok mother-in-love but i just don’t know what i will be like in 20 – 30 years’ time !! that day, i know mark will cry. his beloved baby being given to another man. i will hold his hand tight and when we go home we will hold each other. the day will come when we are empty nesters … i want to work at our marriage so much more now in the knowledge that we must be in a good space for then.