This Sunday marks my very first wedding anniversary to Husband!! Married friends always forewarned me how the first year is always the toughest. I'm not going to lie, it definitely hasn't been easy. I have never been so stretched, challenged, and sanctified but I know I'm a better person for it! We have an amazing support system through our family and friends, especially our beloved small group!! :)
One thing I was adamant about for our wedding was not sharing personal vows. Call me a traditionalist but there's something about reciting vows that have been repeated by millions of brides and grooms around the world that speaks to my heart. However, since I chose not to say personal vows on our wedding day I thought I'd share a few of my thoughts about Husband today..
When I randomly bumped into Husband on that fateful day of January 1, 2009 at Starbucks, I never imagined he would one day steal my heart. For one, he was my friend's younger brother. Secondly, he was in seminary studying to be a pastor. Thirdly, he was in seminary studying to be a pastor. Humbled, God knew better and opened up my heart.
Fast forward a year and a half later, we were engaged on May 13, 2010. Our wedding date was set for August 21, 2010. However, prior to our engagement I was already committed to leaving for Cambodia for a three week missions trip with our church. I was hesitant in going with our date being pushed up and everyone thought I was crazy for going right before a wedding, let alone MY wedding. Everyone except Husband, that is. He was one of the very few encouraging me to go, to experience God's love for Cambodia, and spread the good news, all one month before our wedding. Who does that?? Needless to say, I don't regret going for one second!!
Everyone and anyone who is in the wedding industry knows how much it takes up your time. Countless meetings with brides, grooms, and vendors all start adding up but I love every single second of it!! I would have never realized my love for this business had it not been for our own wedding and I definitely would not be here today if it wasn't for my supportive and sacrificial husband who actually volunteers to be my assistant!
Husband, thank you for always leading me to love & know Him more, for being my best friend, and biggest supporter. I'm so honored to be called your wife and helper.