Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary.
Most couples go on a big trip or have a fancy dinner, and believe me I rejoice for those who get to do that, but, #budgetprobz, we chose something simpler.
Well, I guess I chose something simpler.
Sundays are for after church naps, and while my sweetest hubs was napping I packed us up a picnic and loaded the car with a quilt, cute little plates I snagged at a warehouse sale last week, and two PB&J sandwiches.
Cody woke up to me blindfolding him with the tie he wore on our wedding day.
I took the long way to where we were going just to try to confused him, it worked. 🙂
And we made it just in time…
to the Oaks Plantation Home, the venue where we wed, AND at 5:30 on the dot, when our wedding would have began.
We sat down on the quilt that supported our picnic and Cody prayed over us.
Emotions ran so deep in that moment and we recognized the most spectacular thing…
As we sat outside, we remembered the beauty of our wedding day, the prayers that the rain would stop (and it did!!!), the flowers, the music, the friends, the food…
as we stared into the empty field that was once filled with all of those beautiful things just merely a year ago, we realized that we were all thats left.
Our marriage, our puny little year of marriage, is all that’s left of our wedding.
I work for a wedding planner and watch the wedding planning process from start to finish. I see brides debate over colors, flowers, food, decor, and I remember how stressful it was to make that day the one I had always dreamed of.
But with weddings comes a marriage. The wedding is about the marriage, it’s about creating a heavenly bond that the Lord created FOR US.
The wedding is about vowing to fight for the best when it really feels like the worst.
The wedding is about vowing to honor one another’s ideas.
The wedding is about vowing to love one another when money just isn’t in your bank account.
The wedding is about vowing to accept the flaws of the person standing in front of you and love them REGARDLESS of their short comings.
The wedding is about promising to care for your person when they’re sick and can’t get out of the bed.
The wedding is vowing to love your person when they don’t know how to love themselves.
The wedding is about vowing to take on your partner’s family, their traditions, their hearts, and training your own heart to become accustomed to it.
The wedding is about CELEBRATING the fact that you just made a forever vow before God to love, cherish, respect, honor, laugh, cry, and journey for the rest of your life.
Because when the day is over, when the flowers are dead, when the chairs are put up, and the pictures are printed, all that you have left is your marriage.
And marriage is hard, it’s challenging, it’s exciting, it’s unending,
and it is the best decision you’ll ever make.