20 Years Today

Twenty years today.

It seems huge...and yet, as the years continued to pass, I didn't doubt that we'd get here...it was a steady reassurance...a constant "showing up"

His love produces a legacy in memories not monuments...

He picks up his cross everyday...and then shoulders the burdens of ours as well...because that's what he does...he gets up crazy early every morning so that he has time to spend with the One that gives Him the strength to do the leading in the first place... and even when he's dog-tired from a long day at work, he still comes home to play Wii with the youngest, fit in a quick game of tennis with our oldest before the sun goes down and take spin on the tractor and time with our middle...

Countless times he's jumped out of bed after midnight because one of them just can't sleep due to anxiety over something...late night talks over struggles that they can't overcome...it's not just about supporting them (or me) in bank deposits, but investment into our hearts in the highs and lows, in the everyday...

It's a very rare occurrence to find him napping on a weekend or even after work during the weekday...because he knows that time is fleeting...and he isn't about to waste a moment...

I remember while in Yosemite, earlier last month, we were on a rather arduous hike...and there was an unknown area up ahead...he was pushing his way to the front of our pack to check it out first...be the protector...and I grabbed him back... "NO!  You are not expendable!"

He is my constant.
He is my safe place.
He is my friend.

I think back over my years of growing and realize that he's the one that provided the safety net for me to be adventurous, to take risks, to be who I was meant to become...but for my own insecurities and fear, I often would hold back...he picked up my bundle of anxiety and carried it with me so that I not only wouldn't be alone, but would feel empowered to try something new...

It gave me confidence to start a photography business from scratch...someone without a business degree or background...a teacher turned stay at home mom...turned entrepreneur...

Lest you think we live a fairy tale life...there have been ups and downs...it's pretty nigh impossible to put two sinners in a house, create 3 more of them, add a crazy dog, and try to live "happily ever after"...there have been battles...there have been times of feeling lonely in the midst of the chaos of life...there have been times of calling on our friends to step in and walk alongside of us to mend things...none of escape some hurt in our lives...but, I'm so, so thankful that neither one of us has chosen to throw in the towel...it takes two to choose, everyday to love the other...

I'm watched my love grow for him as I've watched him with our girls...his patience, not concerned with their performance as much as their character...his sacrifice and desire to be with them, doing the things they enjoy, even if it has meant tea-parties or shopping...

the times he has given to them, it's as if the time was given to me, as their momma.

He loves me well as his wife, but he also loves me well when I see his care for our girls...

He's been my Superman since day one...
  (day of our wedding 1999)

And so, today we celebrate 20 years of marriage...
20 years of commitment, of memories, of creating a family...

Today, and everyday, I am thankful...


In case you've never read our 'story'...feel free to read it
HERE (part 1)
HERE (part 2) 

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