Thirteen years of marriage today. I was 23 and Dan had just celebrated his 26th birthday earlier that month.
We were young and in love and so ready to take that next step into our forever. This photo captures a funny moment during our vows when Dan was reciting his portion and he repeated the vows “for richer or poorer” and he said:
“For richer and much much poorer.”
Ha!!! And our pastor laughed and told him “You can’t get much poorer than you are now!”
I think, in the course of 13 years, we have learned a lot during our time in our marriage.
13 years of constantly growing.
13 years of saying I am sorry.
13 years of I love you.
13 years of extending grace to one another when disappointments or failed expectations are evident.
13 years of constantly learning how to love one another in our love language (I am acts of service and words of affirmation. Dan is physical touch and gifts..and we still get these wrong!!!!)
We have seen extreme valleys and hardships. We have experienced incredible blessing on mountaintops. God has gifted us with two incredible human beings that we love to death and would do anything for.
We have had to learn, over and over again, to fight for each other, because no one else will. No one outside of our marriage will fight for us.
That doesn’t mean they don’t love us. Others want good for us.
But when the hard times have come on us, we have had to learn how to lay down our weapons and not fight against each other, as though we were one opposing teams.
We fight side by side. We carry each other’s burdens. We go through hard times together.
And we celebrate in victory together. Because of the ONE who has bonded us together.
We are going through a valley right now, but I know the end is on the other side.
And even if it is not, He is still good.
And I will still have him by my side.
Happy anniversary to my love.