Saturday, February 26, 2011

All Life Has to Offer


     We were finally able to take some couple photos (not leaving out the sweet baby bump) this past weekend (thanks to my sweet and talented sister-in-law). As I look through them, I am reminded of the beautiful love God has given us to share in our family.  
     I recently read our wedding vows and it is so amazing to see us living out the promises in our marriage. It is the promises God wanted us to make and not break. At the time, never did we think storms would actually come and we would be living out these words, but now it all makes sense. The minister's address stated, "The commitment of marriage is one of the most important decisions two people will make in their lives. The vow of marriage is a pledge of everlasting love uniting you in holy matrimony, whereby you commit to share all life has to offer, the good the adverse, with patience and understanding. For your marriage to remain strong, your faith in each other must never waiver because of the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Remember, the power of love can conquer all obstacles. A strong marriage is dependent upon many factors. Beyond the love and respect you share for one another, there must be a strong sense of commitment and loyalty that bonds you in one indivisible unit. Above all there must be true friendship and the willingness to communicate with one another. A genuine liking for each other, the willingness to accept and understand each other's strengths and weaknesses, is the foundation for a strong and successful marriage." 
     By no means am I saying our marriage is perfect, but we have certainly found an intimacy that some couples unfortunately never find.  In our situation, I believe it is how we handled what we have experienced that has helped us achieve this intimacy. This is also not to say that couples must go through challenging times to find this intimacy. However, whether big or small, we all go through something that can help us grow and make us stronger. I am not sure where I heard this, but it is not the actual trial that shapes us, it is what we choose to do with the circumstance (big or small) that is significant. 
     At one point we came to a cross road in our marriage and had to decide which path we wanted to take.  With His Grace, we have been given a second chance to commit to our marriage and fulfill our promises we made to each other five years ago.  
     Danny, I am so excited about walking with you as we partner up with God on this new journey. I cannot wait to be parents and continue to enjoy every precious gift He has given us. I am also looking forward to the many years, God willing, we will have together. Here we go! I love you...

In the morning it comes
Heaven sent a hurricane
Not a trace of the sun
But I don't even run from rain

Beating out of my chest
Heart is holding on to you
From the moment I knew
From the moment I knew

You were the air in my breath
Filling up my love soaked lungs
Such a beautiful mess
Intertwined and overrun

Nothing better than this
Ooh, and then the storm can come
You feel just like the sun
Just like the sun

And if you say we'll be alright
I'm gonna trust you, babe
I'm gonna look in your eyes
And if you say we'll be alright
I'll follow you into the light

Never mind what I knew
Nothing seems to matter now
Ooh, who I was without you
No one knows where it ends
How it may come tumbling down
But I'm here with you now
I'm with you now

And if you say we'll be alright
I'm gonna trust you, babe
I'm gonna look in your eyes
And if you say we'll be alright
I'll follow you into the light

Let the world come rushing
Come down hard, come crushing
All I need is right here beside me
And all the love I'm swearing
Take my love and wear it
Over your shoulders

And if you say we'll be alright
I'm gonna trust you, babe
I'm gonna look in your eyes
And if you say we'll be alright
I'll follow you into the light.

"The Light" by Sara Bareilles

Wedding Blessing

Now you will feel no rain, 
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold, 
For each of you will be warmth to each other.
Now there is no more loneliness for you,
For each of you will be comfort to the other.
Though you are two bodies,
There is but one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place, To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And, may the days of your life 
Be good and long upon the earth.  


  1. Girl ... I am so blessed to count you as a friend! You are so amazing.

    Those pictures are GORGEOUS!

  2. You are one amazing person - you and Danny both are. With all of my love to you, J