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a decade

“Perhaps after all our worries and questions, we’ll discover that all along God had the right thing at the right time for us. Perhaps His plan is more wonderful than anything that we could create by ourselves- whether it comes with ‘pomp and blare,’ or quietly, ‘like an old friend.’ Perhaps…. perhaps…we should entrust our questions of ‘How?’ and ‘Who?’ and ‘When?’ into His tender care. ~ Joshua Harris

That quote was printed in our wedding program one decade ago; and even today it speaks immensely to my heart.
You see 10 years ago, I had really just begun to understand and take hold of His timetable.
And now, I’ve been married to the man of my dreams for 3,650 days!

It’s hard to believe that time has flown by so quickly.

It seems like just days ago my best friend Heather Ann was slipping on my Gran’s garter and praying with me. Just hours since my dad drove me to the church for my very own first look with my soon to be spouse. Minutes since Larry pronounced us husband and wife and we walked down the aisle as our bridal party and guests sang You are Holy. You see, that day, full of all the excitement and joy, in and of itself flew by, now just a precious collection of memories that are forever etched on my heart. But, they are memories that continually serve as a reminder of a covenant that was made before so many friends and family that day. Those memories take me back to a season of my life that was simply so sweet. A time when I can clearly see how God orchestrated details, brought me through heart ache and blessed me with a man who loves Jesus first and foremost. A man who has always desired to lead our family closer to Christ and who 10 years later only gets better at doing so.

On so many of our anniversaries, I stop and reflect on the beauty of that day and the sweetness of those hours celebrating what God had done in bringing us together. I look back at our wedding album and see dear family and friends who walked a journey with us, who stood by our sides, encouraged us and challenged us to live out the life God had called us to fulfill. I’m thankful for them. Even today, 10 years later, though distance separates most of us, my heart rejoices for their precious friendships and the impact they each made in our lives.

But mostly, on our anniversary, I thank God that he’s brought us through so much -good and bad- and that He’s given me a best friend with whom to travel life . In ten years we’ve experienced great joy and great loss, but we’ve seen the provision and protection of God in so many ways. I’m reminded of this passage:

For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
Psalm 96:4

Today, I praise the Lord greatly for His gift of salvation and for the amazing blessing of my husband. A man who I love deeply, admire greatly and respect immensely. A man who challenges me to be better, to grow deeper in my relationship with Christ, a man who patiently puts up with this crazy woman and who does so with extreme love and understanding. A man who has seen me at my worst and my best and who daily chooses to love me. I’m so very thankful to share this life with my best friend, someone who unexpectedly stole my heart all those years ago in Tallahassee. I so look forward to many more years of dreaming-serving-loving-trusting- growing….together!

Happy Anniversary Rahul. I love you the most!

Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down. Perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music; perhaps then…perhaps…love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath. ~ Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery

April 23, 2012 - 1:03 pm

hannah - so sweet!

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