There are many love stories, but I love ours the best.

On this day…

On this day 14 years ago,

Emotions overcame me when I heard my dad say it was time.  I wore tennis shoes and a giant smile.  After months of planning and preparing the time had come. Time to go from single to married.  Time to make a commitment of a lifetime.  Time to start something new.  Something sacred. Something important. FullSizeRender (2)

 On this day 14 years ago,

I really didn’t have much of a clue about marriage.  That’s  the beautiful part of marrying young. At age 22, I had no expectations
of where we should live or what kind of car I should drive.  Living in an apartment, having food to eat, these small things made us successful.

On this day 14 years ago,

Selfishness and immaturity led much of my decision making. I wanted things my way, I wanted to be comfortable, and I wanted things to be easy.  I wanted Justin to make me happy.  And, when he couldn’t do this (because no person is responsible for another’s persons emotions), I would become angry at him.  My unrealistic expectations left me disappointed and frustrated.599097_10200194758365761_1463004479_n

On this day 14 years ago,

I could sleep as late as I wanted, go to bed as early or late as I wanted, eat when I wanted to, go shopping, go for walks, whatever.  With no kids, my schedule was my own.  How different things are when children were added into our lives. 

On this day 14 years ago,

I loved Justin.  But now 14 years later, our love has been polished and refined, much like a fine gem, through pressures and hardships.  I look back, and it wasn’t that I was weak, but I hadn’t endured the challenges that I would later face. Our love is much more understanding, more laid back and intentional all at the same time.1780649_10202457166244544_1571877016_n

On this day 14 years ago,

I made a commitment to love someone all the days of my life.  For richer and poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others.  We didn’t come up with personal vows.  For us, I am glad we stuck to these tried and true vows.  Because they encapsulate many relationship hardships and struggles.

On this day 14 years ago,

I started out on the grandest of grand adventures….marriage.  I have a constant companion, a fearless supporter, and unselfish partner loving me to reach the highest heights.  Loving me, catching me, and embracing me when I am in my lowest lows. 

On this day 14 years ago,

I had no idea that we would share the joy, privilege, and honor of raising two amazing children. I stand in awe of my life.  I am overcome with the goodness and grace of God for allowing me to take part in the transformational process of marriage.  Marriage is the most challenging of all relationships.  It requires a supernatural help because on my own, I would not be able to love the way I need to love, to be brave how I need to be brave by exposing my fears, my weaknesses, and my shortcomings.

Relationships are our greatest gifts requiring our greatest sacrifice.  I am so very grateful to the past 14 years and look forward to many, many more.

There are many love stories, but I love ours the best



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1 Comment

  • Vicki Shelton

    Congrats you two!!! Marriage is never what we expected in the beginning but through commitment, dedication & covenant with God and your spouse God can make all things beauriful

    March 9, 2016 at 12:06 pm

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