Jesse and I had our first date on July 25, 2007. He asked me to marry him on October 20, 2007. We said “I do” on this day 9 years ago. We were in love. We were excited to being our life together. I'm not entirely sure we knew what we were getting ourselves into. I mean, I know that we both understood that marriage was a lifetime commitment and all, but what exactly marriage is, I don't think we even could grasp that at all.
The last 9 years have brought us:
9 jobs between the two of us
7 years to build our marriage before we became parents
6 more nieces (& 1 more nephew!)
5 apartments to call home
5 years in North Carolina
4 years in Colorado
3 Church families
3 people to mourn the loss of, my grandfathers and our miscarriage.
2 cross country moves (one as a couple & one with a 5 m.o. baby!)
1 sweet growing boy
lots of joy
lots of sadness
lots of choices
lots of adventures
lot of asking or offering forgiveness.
more love than I thought was possible.
There have been more ups and downs that I ever would have imagine, like most of life. But I wouldn't trade a single day of it, because it’s made us who we are. Together. Plus, all those downs make the ups so much sweeter. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better match, partner, mate or father for our child. God has bestowed many blessings (and a ton of grace) on me throughout my life, but one of the greatest has been you, my sweet husband Jesse. I love you! Happy Anniversary!
"A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers." -Ruth Bell Graham