Four years ago today Adam and I said our "vowels" in front of our family and friends. We then said our "vows" pledging our lives to grow together as one in front of family, friends and most importantly God. Boy we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into then. :)
Marriage has been a challenging but wonderful journey for us. Having dated for 5 years before getting married we wondered how different marriage could really be (besides the obvious things). And we were surprised. But it was a lovely transition (now looking back at it) and we fall more and more in love everyday (and still continue to).
Almost just as importantly- that day we said, "goodbye," to our family and friends and moved 1000 miles from our homes to Dallas to begin seminary training. Even more so, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.
Seminary was a tougher transition than marriage. The amount of work that was required of both of us for the long haul made the first few years tough (compounded by me teaching school). But realizing that life is too short to just trudge through life made all the difference to me and the last two years have been a great joy and growing experience. Learning to lean on the Lord for everything, and I mean everything in life allowed a lot of the stressors to fade away.
Now as I sit here four years later, feeding a baby and packing up our stuff once again, I wonder what we have in store for the near future. There are still so many unknowns but we are looking forward to it, and as always have to trust in the Lord to provide (and He has over and over and over again!) and trust we are living our lives for Him and that it will not return void.
If someone would have told me that today I would be where I am, and have had all these experiences, I would not have believed it. And yet more has happened (good and bad) than we could have ever imagined. And I definitely like myself more now than I did then.
So while today is the day Adam and I celebrate our marriage, we also celebrate a lot more.
One year ago today we had a wonderful miracle enter our life. Our niece Ella was born to share our big day with us! Happy Birthday Baby Ella! You are such a joy to all those who know you!
He got all worn out making the picture!