Saturday, May 18, 2013

On: Vows

This is not a wedding post in the same sense as the other ones that I've written.  This one is all about my marriage. Remember how I differentiated between the two?  This post is really for my husband, but I don't mind sharing with the world.

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Dear Husband,
Happy First Anniversary!  We made it!  Seasoned married folks always told us that marriage is hard work.  They're right, but it's been so much fun along the way.  Keeping a marriage together in this day and age is no easy feat.  Despite how tough marriage can get, you always find a way to make me fall in love with you over and over again.   So today, I want to share my vows with you (and cyberspace), and I want to let everyone know I meant them a year ago, and I still mean EVERY. SINGLE. WORD.

I’ve waited to meet you in the circle for what seems like forever, and nothing I imagined describes what today feels like.

I believe being married in this circle was always supposed to be.  I
see it as God surrounding us with his unfailing love and our family
and friends encircling us with their care and support.

More than that, let it represent how I always want you to feel about my love - surrounded.  I always want to surround you with the purest and best love that I have to give.  Circles are made of infinite points, so there's always room for more love, more encouragement, more laughter, and more fun.

I didn’t wake up anxious or nervous this morning.  I hopped up bright and early filled with peace because I knew you'd be here waiting for me.  Uniting my life with yours makes me feel invincible.  You make me feel like I can do anything.  Your love makes it easier to face the world.

You’ve never asked me to stop being me.  I told one of my girlfriends that if I woke up and said "Shawn, I think want to go to the moon today," you'd go buy me a deluxe space suit.  You never put limits on me.  Your love feels freeing.  Marrying you is easy because you give me the space to become my very best person on my own terms.  That kind of freedom in loving someone is invaluable to me.

I'm excited and proud to be starting this new life with you.  You make my dreams bigger.  You make my life richer.  Even our tough times are better together.  Let's continue to dream big.  Let's use our friendship and marriage to fulfill our purposes in the world and to do God's work.

Love never fails.  Nope.  Never.  Even when we're tired. Even when we're unkind. Even when we're frustrated.  It just never does.  I thank God for you.  Here's to the next year and beyond. 

Loving you to infinity and without bound, 
Mrs. TJF

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