Today Peter and I celebrate 9 years of marriage. It feels impossible that it has been that long, but we've sure lived a lot and been on an adventure since that day.
We really were just two kids in love, with pretty much nothing! Peter was still in school and we were just so young! But our hearts were full of love and our heads full of dreams. We were prepared for it to be hard, for it to even feel like work. But I could have never imagined how great it would be! Silly me, I kind of thought our wedding day was the peak of our love, but boy was I wrong. It was just the beginning!
As I've thought about or 9th year together, I often find myself thinking about this song:
Link: It Did
Link: It Did
We've been on quite the journey. It seems we always have a new adventure in life, but things have remained somewhat calm lately. And it has been good! We've grown so much as a couple over this last year and I can honestly say, things are better than ever! We've grown a lot in vulnerability and communication. I think a lot of that can be attributed to Peter and his willingness to forgive me often, communicate honestly, and listen intently even if I am babbling in the middle of the night and he has to get up for work in just a couple hours. He is a good man.
We've had so much fun this year. We probably had our smoothest transition yet to the addition of a new family member. We've been on lots of fun short trips and even a trip to Disney World and the absolute highlight of this past year, 10 days in Ireland together! We find fun and laughter in the chaos of everyday life with 4 young children and we enjoy and always prioritize time together in the midst of it all. Marriage has never ever felt like work for us and I consider that a blessing! We've built ourselves a strong foundation from the beginning and now those roots seem to be digging in deeper and growing bigger and stronger as each year passes.
A year ago at a marriage class I was a part of, the speaker mentioned how her and her husband read through the chapter in psalms each year that correlates with their anniversary year. We started this last year and last night as we were reminiscing wedding memories (the few we still remember!) we read through Psalms 9 and picked our theme verse for this year. I might have had a different verse in mind but my husband our leader picked Psalms 9:1 and has declared this year a year of praise for our marriage.
Psalms 9:1 "I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart. I will tell of all your marvelous works."
God has guided us and helped us grow all these years, and our marriage is good! I think it is awesome to get to spend this year marveling and praising over what He has done through our marriage. And how fitting that we are already thinking and dreaming of the celebration we will go on for our 10 year anniversary so why not celebrate this whole year through!
We are going to have a wonderful day of celebration as my husband whisks me away for the night. A night away seriously sounds so refreshing at this moment and just what I need! So here's to us at 9 years! I love you Peter more than you can even know. I am so lucky to have you as a husband. You support us, you lead us, you work harder than you should have to, and you always at least consider all the crazy adventures I want to embark on! I couldn't ever ask for a better, more loving father for our children. You show our boys chivalry daily and teach our daughters what a tenderly loving, and devoted father is. You love others and have a Biblical passion for the orphans and widows in this world. You work 55 hour weeks consistently and yet never complain and still devote yourself fully to us in every spare moment. You embody love in everything you do. I feel so lucky that you chose to spend your life with me. You are a great man! Here's to loving you for all our remaining years together!