We were barely more than teenagers when we stood together in front of our family and friends 14 years ago and vowed our lives to one another. We were so young and in love and probably pretty naive. But we meant what we said.
In the years after I wore that sparkly white dress, I’ve learned many a lesson about what it means to love someone.
It’s a whole lot harder than I realized it would be, but so much more satisfying, too.
I love that line in Andrew Peterson’s song Dancing in the Minefields: “And this is harder than we dreamed, but I believe that’s what the promise is for.” Thank you for keeping your promise.
Thank you for being faithful to me, despite seeing some of the worst of the yet-unsanctified places in my heart. For keeping your eyes on Jesus and directing my eyes there, too.
For coming home for dinner every night, and wrestling the boys, and juggling various utensils in the kitchen to make them all laugh. Thank you for choosing to love Kai and Li just as well as our first four.
Thank you for making me laugh all the time. We’ve had our fair share of tears together, and I treasure the laughter you bring to our home. I have so many memories of laughing until our faces hurt in our bed together at night. I know not everyone is blessed to have a spouse they can laugh with. I don’t take that for granted.
Thank you for being someone I can be proud of. At work and church, people know they can count on you to be a hard worker and to act with integrity. I don’t take that for granted, either.
I treasure you. You are a beautiful gift to me. Here we are, fourteen years (and six kids) in, and I feel like we’ve hardly begun this amazing life together. Happy anniversary, love.
Normally our pretty pictures are taken by our amazing friends at DaveTree Photography…but because of busy lives and cooling weather, these were actually taken by our dear daughter, Grace.