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Happy 8th Anniversary!

I distinctly remember going to bed eight years ago in complete disbelief that I would wake up the next morning and experience my dreams coming true. I couldn’t grasp that God had given me a funny, handsome, godly, wonderful man to be my husband.

But I am so, so, SO glad He did.

Luke, you are everything I ever wanted in a husband, best friend, and daddy to our children…and more. I love you!

♥ 12.20.2003 ♥

Seven years and still no itch…

As a child, my favorite game to play was “house.” I loved pretending to be a wife and mommy. Sure, I’m a nerd, so I loved to play “school,” too, but “house” was at the very top of the list.

I have always wanted to be a wife and mom. I’m confident that it’s a desire that God placed in my heart. And, praise Him, it’s a desire that He saw fit to fulfill.

I remember lying in bed the night before my wedding thinking, “This is too good to be true. Is this really going to happen tomorrow?” I wasn’t nervous, although I was stressed from doing so much of the planning myself (including making all the flower bouquets, etc. that night) and from misplacing a certain undergarment that sure seemed necessary for the big day.

I just didn’t understand how to process that my dreams were coming true.

Have you ever heard someone say that God’s plans for us are so much bigger than the plans we make for ourselves? Oh, it is so true in my life.

Growing up, I never really knew a guy my age who loved the Lord (besides my pastor’s son, who I’ve only heard say ten words in all my life – sorry, Daniel!), so my expectation was that I would marry a Christian. Certainly I would be able to hold out for someone who was a church-going Christian. Right?

But a man who loved the Lord? Did they really even exist?

So you can see why, on the eve of my wedding day, I would lie in bed and wonder how God had been so amazing to bless me with a man who truly loved and served Him with all his heart. A man who would take his God-given role as head of our family and encourage spiritual growth in our home. And it didn’t hurt that he’s handsome and funny, too. 😉

It’s been seven years today since the day we took our vows in front of family and friends, with my really great father-in-law officiating. (Did I mention that I got stuck with great in-laws, too? Really, God. SO thankful for that!)

That’s not to say that we haven’t had our ups and downs, our times of feeling really super close to one another, and our times where it feels like we’re in a rut. It’s a human relationship, and we have definitely had some unhappy moments along with the happy ones. But overall, I look back on our seven years and see the way that God has shaped our home and our lives, and I am so thankful.


What are some things we’ve accomplished in seven years?

1. Got married.

2. Got pregnant. (A picture would not be appropriate here, haha.)
3. Had a baby.

4. Built a house.

5. Joined a great church.
6. Had another baby.

7. Put our house on the market.
8. Had another baby.

9. Took our house off the market.

11. Put our house back on the market…Took our house back OFF the market…
12. Took a missions trip to Greece and Italy, leaving the kids for two weeks!

Ah, those are just the highlights. The milestones. There is much joy in the everyday moments, too.

I love you, Luke. I thank God for blessing me with you. Happy anniversary.

6 years of bliss


My dearest Luke,

Yesterday was our sixth anniversary. We are always so busy on Sunday mornings that it didn’t even occur to me that it was our anniversary until you were on stage playing bass! A quick, whispered “Happy anniversary!” during the sermon just doesn’t really cut it for how wonderful you are. So, I’m going to attempt a not-too-mushy, just-enough-honesty kind of letter. This is a public website after all! 😉

It struck me recently that we met when I was 17 years old. Seventeen! That’s practically a baby! And yet God knew that we were ready to begin the love story He’d prepared for us since before we were born. How faithful He is to us!

Six years ago, I was a senior in college. I’d finished final exams three days before our wedding. You were working at Steelcase. We’d rented a teeny apartment to live in after the wedding. I felt so ready to be your wife. I anticipated a beautiful life with you.

And I had no idea the amazing blessings God had in store!

Here we are now, with a house, a wonderful church family, and (more importantly) four beautiful children. Though many things have not gone as I would have planned them, God has a far better plan for us than I could dream up. I never would have thought He’d bless me with a man so amazing as you, and yet He’s given us so much more than I could’ve asked for.

You are a very gifted individual – so talented with music and computers and web design. You are a hard worker in every area. You are a good leader – willing to do what’s right and necessary and also skilled in interpersonal relationships. You have a superb sense of humor, which almost always makes me smile (and only sometimes annoys me). 🙂 You are so even-keeled and laid-back, which is a great balance for my high-strung nature.

You like to sleep in late with me, if ever the kids are willing to stay in bed, too.

You are my best friend.

You have dedicated your life to being all that God wants you to be, in every capacity, and that is why my life is so amazing. If you didn’t love the Lord with all your heart and encourage me to do the same, I know our marriage would not be what it is today. He is the *life* in our marriage, and I pray that it always stays that way.

Thank you for being my one and only.

I’m looking forward to the next sixty-ish years with you.

Yours always,

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