Saturday, May 16, 2009

Happy Anniversary to us! 12 years of learning and growing

May 17th - Happy Anniversary!
It's been 12 years of an amazing journey!
(Sorry I don't have any wedding pictures on this computer to contribute.)

This picture shows some silliness, but all 12 years haven't been full of silliness and happiness. There has been tons of learning, growing, sacrificing, and striving to be the husband/wife that God would want us to be with fail and with accomplishment.

Many couples give up so quickly after things just don't go in the fairy style way that they had in their minds on their wedding day. We were there once. Then we entered the "hating marriage" time and things weren't ending in the happily ever after way we had planned. But with a determination to make it work and give up our selfish attitudes and become who God wanted us to be, we stuck it out, and couldn't be happier now.
Now look where we are the hospital waiting for our 4th child with me having a serious blood clot in my body and relying on the One who got us this far to get us out of this situation safely. Though I wouldn't want to go through the garbage again, I certainly wouldn't trade it for anything either. That time in our lives made us who we are today and taught us so much about serving one another and loving in a way that definitely isn't portrayed on TV or movies. It's a way that takes a great deal of work and sacrifice, and is much more rewarding in the end.

If you are struggling in your marriage, hang in there and look at your own heart. It always starts in yourself, and if you are doing what you should, then everything else will fall into place. It may not be easy, but totally worth it!

I have the best husband ever (I haven't always been able to say that)! I lay here in the hospital, and when I am feeling discouraged about my situation, I can express it and Jonathon is always so quick to encourage me with a smile like he knows exactly how it will all turn out and that it will all be just fine. I need his support right now, and he gives that to me above and beyond what I could ask for. It's not him....he couldn't be that way without the strength and peace from God. I am blessed to have a man who trusts and obeys and lets God guide our family in all that we do.


Amanda said...

I am so happy for the two of you! Ash & I have gone through some rough patches the past year but we have worked things out & are on the right path! There were many days all I could do was pray that God would work on Ash's heart & mine...& I met with our preacher & we also prayed about the situation. And God DOES answer prayers! He brought our family back together & we are better than we have been in a while! It's easy to get in a rut, but you need to work on your relationship daily & it will grow! Your partner needs to be your BEST FRIEND! That's the only way it can be!