Today (July 23, 2016) is my 11th wedding anniversary. I opted to blog rather than buy a Hallmark – after all, my husband deserves the spotlight!
I guess everyone always says the same thing – I can’t believe it has been 11 years, and I can’t believe it has ONLY been 11 years. It’s so hard to remember me before him…honestly, I like the me WITH him so much more (God played a big part in that)!
I met this incredible man in church. I quickly developed a huge crush on him (which I totally hid as if my life depended on it). I was drawn to him (not because I thought he was hot – even though I did think that) but more because he had the most gentle and sweetest spirit. He had a laugh that was contagious – it lit up not only his whole face but the entire room as well. He was intelligent. He had himself together – already owned a house and had begun a wonderful career as a teacher. I was very impressed…and I was very smitten too!
He asked me out, and to make a short story even shorter, we were married a little less than 7 months later. Ecclesiastes 3 pretty much sums up the past 11 years: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… Together we have experienced weeping, laughing, mourning and dancing. I hold in my heart all of these things…I wouldn’t change a thing. Even through the most painful times, Chuck was there for me and held my heart like no one other than God could have. He has let me cry with my face buried in his chest countless times, and his soothing and loving touch nursed my heart back to health. He lets me dance through the grocery store isles when I hear a song I love (uncontrollable urge on my part), and he loves me even more for doing it.
I love that with him I am raw and vulnerable. I love that I know how much he loves me always – even when we disagree…it’s an unconditional love like I’ve never known. I love that when I’m upset, he immediately prays for me out loud on the spot with such passion and fervor. I love his strength. I love his passion. I love his fight. I love his dedication and loyalty. I love his heart.
I’m so glad I waited for God’s best for me (even when I really didn’t want to wait). Chuck is the perfect man for me, and I’m so blessed that He was God’s choice for me (I prayed for God to arrange my marriage). I would marry him over and over and over again. I truly love him more with each passing day. I respect him more with each passing day. I’m more thankful for him with each passing day. I’m more in awe of God for bringing me him each passing day. I’m so proud to be his wife. I’m so proud of him – proud of the choices he makes, proud that he lets God lead him, proud of his noble character, proud of the man he is, period!
Happy Anniversary my Love! You are the greatest love I’ve ever known! This journey has been incredible, and I love that I get to walk out the rest of my days with you! I’m excited for each and every day of our lives together – love you always, your girl