5.25.2014 The Day of Mike & Steph
My sweet husband. Can you believe that it has been two years since we were at the front of that church, looking over a picturesque waterfall in the background? That must have been a scene from a movie because it was the most perfect day. Tucked into the woods, we stood hand in hand in the Wilderness Chapel as we recited the vows we wrote to one another. I will always remember my dad telling me to slow down as we were walking down the aisle; I was running towards my husband, I love that. We were surrounded by our closest friends and family, in a venue that echoed nature and the Spirit of God. Remember how we timed the song I walked in to? At the absolute perfect harmony, those strong wooden doors opened, the angels sang and I saw my handsome groom waiting for me. Swoon. Afterwards, we left for our wedding night and honey, the fireworks! Not *that kind, but the real deal, July Fourth fireworks ;) That was the best surprise and neither of us had planned it. As we stood over our private balcony, I in my wedding dress and you in your suit, you held me as we watched our own personal firework show over the lake. It was the Disney-ist moment we have ever had and I will always cherish it.
That sweet wedding day of ours was only a breath of our two years together in marriage. It is easy to see how far that we have come and a little hilarious to think of how unprepared we were for this journey. The joy of that is no amount of prayer or studying can outsmart the transitions God uses to make us look more like Himself. We have learned how to work together as a team, and how to serve one another in ways that make us each feel loved. In wisdom, we have off limit subjects including loading the dishwasher and storage of electronic devices :) It's not an easy process, that of molding two separate people into one body under Christ. But my love, it has been so worth it. I'm proud of us for never going to bed angry, resolving our conflicts quickly and cherishing the sweet times we have had together.
We really have done a lot in our 730 days together, starting out with a honeymoon to Bora Bora. We got certified to Scuba Dive there, in the most idyllic location on the planet. Take me back there sometime, deal? We have been to the snowy mountains, the sandy beach. and just about every where in between. Some of my favorite moments have been going on our Dallas Farmers Market date, eating dinner in a peach orchard with some of our favorite friends, afternoons hiding away at a movie while everyone else is at work and lazy Sundays making breakfast in our pajamas. I can't wait for all of the other adventures that are ahead of us.
Michael, you are an incredible blessing to me. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world to be your wife. You have invested so much into me in the last few years, you make me feel beautiful every day. I can't count the amount of times that you have made me dinner (ahem, like every night), drawn me a hot bubble bath when I have had a rough day, and have just held me when I don't have the words to say about what is in my heart. You have a huge heart, integrity that is undeniable and a strength that I treasure. You are so unlike me, yet you compliment me in so many ways. God is awesome like that, pairing two different people and allowing them to walk through life together.
I know in a few years, we will be looking back on this letter realizing that we still had so much to learn about each other and about marriage. We are going to be shaped and transformed together and I'm so happy to be on this journey with you.
Happy Second Anniversary, Mi Amor. I love you!
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