Monday, June 15, 2009

8 Years, 3 States and 2 Kids

Wow, I can't believe that 8 years ago (or rather 10 if you count our courtship...or more like 20 if you count our Junior High crush that didn't materialize...but who's counting?) we stepped forward and promised to spend forever together! All I can say is I solely believe in the term 'wedded bliss,' because that's what God has blessed me with!
We have grown so much from the two 22-year-olds who met each other at the altar of Avondale Baptist Church June 16th 2001 at 2pm. We've lived in 3 different states, allowed God to stretch us beyond our comfort levels, experienced grief, joy, love and uncertainty, and have even served in ministry together. I honestly wouldn't change a thing.
Well, maybe I would change a few things...
I will strive to not be so nit-picky, or grumpy in the morning. I should also work on treating each day like tomorrow will not come, then maybe I will remember to capture each moment. I want to memorize his smile lines, and the little bits of gray forming on his temples (he's not a fan, but I find the gray incredibly sexy) and take a mental photo of the way he sleeps with this sort of half-smile on his lips.
I want to be more compassionate, and more forgiving. I want to strive to hug him more and let him hold me for as long as he wants. I want to remember how he unashamedly teared up at the birth of our children, exclaiming their gender excitedly to me.
I want to tell him more how thankful I am that he is such a spiritual leader and amazing provider for our family. I want to slow down, listen more, and sit more.
I just want to be by his side always and ever striving to be a better wife, friend and love to him.
I'll never understand how God took two very imperfect people and made them perfect together...but, I am so glad he did.


Craig said...

Congrats on 8 years you guys, that's awesome! On Thursday we'll be celebrating 4 years, 3 states and, well.... one cat...

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Happy anniversary, Nik! That's a great picture of you guys - and I love this post. I feel like, after 10 years, I'm a completely different person than the one who married Mark - but mostly in a good way! :) Learning those things that you mention - and realizing that we'll ALWAYS be learning more - is one of the best parts of marriage, I think.

Chanell said...

Congratulations on your relationship and family!! That is very inspiring! I continue to hope and pray that, if God's will is for me to meet someone, God will bring me together with a Godly man. You have always been a great testimony to the rest of us. Thank you for allowing us all to be a part of your life...whether we're in the same state or not...via Facebook and your blog. Good luck and God bless you and your family in all that you do.