i remember our big day like it was yesterday. it was 70s, partly sunny, let's just say - an overall perfect day. it really was. of course i would remember the weather first as it is one of my major obsessions but really, the day was perfect. perfect weather. perfect husband. perfect bridal party. perfect guests. it was an overall, perfect wedding.
and here we are, two years later knocking on the door to parenthood and i couldn't be filled with more joy. i am so incredibly blessed with such a loving, encouraging, godly, selfless husband. seriously, i am so thankful for a husband that i continually fall more in love with everyday.
and while our marriage is a beautiful thing and this year for us has hit some amazing highs, we have also meet one another at some incredible dark lows. but, in all, the Lord was faithful. so faithful.
december was probably one of the hardest and most trialing months for us. both personally and in our marriage. from some very depressing circumstances that had arose in my life and uncertainty in our future, all where placing a major road block in our marriage and in my relationship with Christ. but through much prayer the Lord proved Himself True. :) Two weeks later on a friday (december 16) i found myself getting another job and the next morning (december 17) would be a morning that would change my life, joseph's life, and our marriage forever.
while i was "late" and didn't feel myself i really didn't think we could be expecting. so i nonchalantly took a pregnancy test only to come back a few minutes later and see two lines = pregnant. i was shocked. didn't believe it. but, yes, it was true joseph and i were going to be parents to a beautiful baby. and i was THRILLED.
God had a plan. a much bigger plan than i had ever thought. i kept thinking about the verse in proverbs... proverbs 16:9 - the heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. we might have been "planning" on when we wanted to start to have kids, where should i work now, and what should we do about this, and that, and this and that but God knew. and He established it. QUICK. he answered our many, many prayers and how THANKFUL i am of that.
so here i am today, entering into our third year knowing that our marriage is going to change. we are going to hit even more highs and lows. add another person to our family. decrease in our "income" as i go part-time. but in everything, we will give Him all the praise. i am truly looking forward to this next year of marriage with the events to come that will only grow us stronger in the Lord and together. here is to another year and many, many more (God-willing) to follow.
[jps - i love you with all of my heart and being. you are a blessing.]
here are some songs that i really have enjoyed over the year that always make me think of j and i. yes, they are country (no comments country haters...) but i think the words say a so much. take a little listen:
keith urban's "without you": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3TWpWf798s
miranda lambert's: "love song": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwvQcjWNiYw
miranda lambert's "makin' plans": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewg393qymRo