Today is our ten year wedding anniversary.
Bryan and I met when we were just 17. We began dating seriously at 18, engaged at 21 and married at 22. You can read the details of those years(part 1, Part 2, part 3) in some posts I wrote last year around the time of our anniversary.
Now at the age of 32 and after being together for 14 years I can say two things for sure about marriage: it is wonderful and it is hard. HaHa... hopefully you weren't expecting something profound right there. I have no true actual words of great wisdom to pass on to anyone. Plus every marriage is so different. I am quite sure though that every marriage has both hard and joyful parts to it. We have made it this far because we eventually figured out how to fight through the hard parts together.
Just last week Bryan and I had our turn to share our life stories with our Life Group. We had never shared them together in a group setting before. I've told mine to small groups of women and him with men. He has even shared his in Uganda during a Sunday morning church service which is kinda crazy and awesome. Last week was different then other times we've shared. We sat side-by-side and took turns as we shared about our life's details from birth to present. We shared everything. And for us, everything has some real hard areas. Areas that aren't easy at all to share. Sharing everything for us has messy parts. We enjoy sharing our story though, even the messy parts. We are amazed at the gracious ways people respond to it. How they cry and celebrate with us as we share. God has redeemed so many things in our lives. He is so good.
The truth is, Bryan and I would most likely not be married today and we wouldn't have had our daughter Avery if God hadn't saved us and our marriage six years ago. Sharing our stories helps people see how good our God is. How He has worked in our lives. How loving and forgiving He is. Each and everyone of us has a story. They are all different so that we can speak into different lives. All of our stories are powerful and I believe they are meant to be shared.
I am thankful that we just happened to be scheduled to share ours just a week before our ten year anniversary. It was an unexpected but wonderful present for us. A wonderful reminder of the journey we've had and how thankful we are for every step of it.
Happy TEN YEARS to you and me Bryan.
I love you more today then I did ten years ago when I said "I do" and celebrated the beginning with you. The beginning was fun but right now is so much sweeter. Ten years is a great place to be but now I'm already looking forward to twenty-five and fifty. I'm looking forward to the rest of our lives together and if ten years has made things this much sweeter then I can only imagine what's to come. I love you.