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Four Score and Seven Years Ago…

 Well maybe not four score, but 7 years ago today I was a nervous bride. 8 1/2 years ago today I went on my first date with a man, never even dreaming that he might one day be my husband. He brought me toothpaste and I was hooked. We married a year and a half after our first date. It was also the date of my grandparents anniversary.

I remember waking up that morning with butterflies in my stomach amazed that I was about to become someones wife. We met at the church first thing in the morning, just the two of us, and spent some time praying together. I will always treasure the memory of that hour, the last time we would see each other before the organist played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and I walked down the aisle on my dad’s arm.

I remember how sick you were. I remember the songs and the words that were sung. I remember you stumbling over the vows (“In sexness and in health”) and trying not to catch your eye cause I knew if we started laughing, we would never stop. I remember the pronouncement and hearing my name as “Mrs. Anderson” even though it would take me so many months to answer to it when someone called. I remember our first dance and you knocking off my veil. I remember the serenades by our friends. I remember singing to you and truly meaning every word.

I remember that I had no idea what “for better of worse” really means. How could I? We had only had “the better.” I probably still don’t fully know what it means, but I still mean it more than ever. I remember thinking several times over the years how awful it would be to be married to someone I couldn’t laugh with. I remember loving you even more the first time I saw you hold our baby in your arms.

Of course I remember being frustrated, unappreciated, annoyed and impatient. I remember that you have been the same with me. But I remember that every time you are, you have the grace to forgive me. I remember that you are almost always the person to say “I’m sorry” first. And I remember that way more often than not I am cherished, respected, appreciated and loved. I remember that too often I take that for granted.

And so today, I remember all the reasons I love you. All of the reasons that after 4 months I “knew.” All of the reasons that after 7 years…I still do. Thanks for the best 7 years of my life. Happy Anniversary babe.

Comments

  1. OMG I have tears! How sweet! Happy Anniversary!!!

  2. Happy Anniversary!

  3. not knowing what the worst is… what an understatement. It kills me when I know people in relationships who simply don’t begin to fathom what these vows mean… that they are more than words- more than we can ever truly know.

    So beautiful… Happy Anniversary!

  4. mytotalchaos says:

    Wow… that is great. Happy Anniversary!!

  5. Happy 7 years!!!

  6. Happy Anniversary!!! 7 years is a HUGE accomplishment. We just celebrated our 4 year anniversary, and you are so right on the for better or worse part. Who would’ve known how hard it could be? There’s a reason why we’re supposed to stick together during the worst though, because the worst is there to strengthen the bond between us. My husband too stumbled over his vows, and the everyone in the chapel giggled and it’s a sweet memory that we will always hold.

  7. adventuremom says:

    Happy Anniversary!!!!

  8. Oh no, I’m the eighth person to comment!

    Thanks so much for a beautiful post, a better seven years than I ever could have imagined, and for being both the world’s best wife and my best friend. Seven years is just the beginning!

    I love you!

  9. Cheers! To many more!

  10. What a great day that was!!! I remember you saying that you bring out the best in each other. I totally agree. God does good work!!

  11. chanelireli says:

    happy anniversary!

  12. Happy Anniversary! What a great post :)

  13. awww…loved it! congrats to you two crazy kids.

  14. The 18th was our 7 year anniversary! Also our daughters 1st birthday.

  15. Auntie N says:

    Happy, Happy Anniversary! The best is yet to come! What a beautiful tribute. It certainly brought back memories. Keep up the good work!

    Love to you both,
    Dan & Nancy

  16. How beatiful. We are getting close to 4 years. I so understand what you mean about laughing together!

    It sounds like you and your hubby are very lucky and special people.

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  17. Happy Anniversary!! And may the years ahead be filled with love, joy, growing, gas and lots of laughter.

  18. happy anniversary!

  19. Happy anniversary! we got married on my grandparents anniversary too (their 55th to be exact)! 6 years ago on June 1.

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