Wedding Day


Today is the day I donned a white as snow dress of diamonds and covered my head with a veil of netting, and walked down an aisle to meet the man I would marry. Ten years...ten years  full of journey and adventure. Ten years full of unsure and surprise.

Ten years...

Marriage is a pledge. I've learned that in ten years. Every day doesn't feel like that first day, when it's all new and surprising and romantic.... 

There are days when the job is lost and you sit together at a table, hands wringing, heart pounding, because you have to figure out where the food and the lights and the gas and the everything is going to come from, and so you join wringing hands and beg God for an answer.

There are days when the pain of bringing a new life into the world rips through your belly and your screams rent the air, and he stands there, holding your hand, promising his love, his devotion.

There are days when you load your life into a yellow Penske truck and trek across the country because you see the hope in his eyes for this new place, this new adventure and so you follow.

There are days when you walk in and declare that you need counseling, that you will be a better wife, a better mom, if you go through this ugly, dark process and so he smiles and nods and says: "lets do it."

There are days when you stand together in a doctor's office, holding your sick baby, both helpless as to what to do, but still believing that God will give you an answer and you can weather the storm as long as you're together.

There are days when you rest together, laugh together, fight together. There are also days when you duke it out because you are two very different people wanting very different things. Those days become the memories of restoration, of love conquering, of the pledge that was made...

of learning to be selfless rather than selfish. 

Marriage is a pledge. I've learned that in ten years. Every day doesn't feel like that first day when it's all new and surprising and romantic...

but I wouldn't trade the days in between for that first day again. Life is rich, the love is deep and the friendship is lasting.

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life. I wouldn't trade a moment of this journey for any other kind of life. I've become a better version of me because of this relationship. Ten seemed to get her quickly, but they say time flies when you are having fun. So, here's to ten more, and ten more after that, and ten more after that...

let the journey continue.

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