A year ago last Sunday (August 8), Steve and I stood in front of our close family and friends and married each other before God. Looking back on this past year, I can see how God has used Steve and I's marriage not only to help each other, but others around us. Here is our year in review, things we've learned, and where we're headed:
-Marriage is hard work and not what we expected! Everyday is not filled with roses and rainbows. It's how you get through those tough times that makes the good times all the better. It's rough when two sinners join their lives together -- but with God's unending love and grace, it is possible!
-One of our main draws to getting married in college is that we'd be able to be together in our home in between classes, student teaching, and senior projects. If we weren't married, we would have had to spend a whole lot of time planning times we could see each other.
-Steve is never allowed to go camping with Jared again, and if he does, they are not allowed to play with fire. (For those of you who don't know, just a few months after we got married, Steve was camping with a bunch of guys, playing with fire, and got a severe burn on his inner leg. This burn left him unable to walk and do basic tasks by himself. I had to become his personal nurse, secretary, and caretaker. What a blessing our marriage was during this time! Steve would never have been able to care for himself, and I would have run myself more ragged than I already did, trying to take care of him.
-Steve and I compliment each other in so many ways. When I'm going crazy with silly ideas, emotions, or planning something -- Steve is grounded and keeping me sane. I love to take care of the house and cook while Steve enjoys a clean house and eating. Steve goes to work and makes the money, while I stay at home and spend it :). (See-- complete compliments !)
- Every day that we make it a priority to seek God first, delve into the Word, and try to follow Christ's perfect example, we become closer as a couple. The Bible clearly explains that the foundation for a lasting marriage is through God, and let me tell you -- It's the TRUTH!!!
I can say that I'm more in love with Steve now than I was a year ago when we said "I Do". Back then, I would have said that my love for him couldn't grow, but it somehow seems to enhance every day. (This is an assumption, but I think Steve would agree with me on this).
Since we spent our real anniversary on Sunday driving back to Tennessee, we will be going away this weekend and celebrating. This morning, I woke up to this beautiful bouquet of flowers :) Tomorrow morning, we will be headed to Memphis for the rest of the weekend. I don't know what all Steve has in plan, so you'll have to stay tuned for the full weekend report. I know that he's been getting ideas from the technicians he's been working with recently, so hopefully the locals know all the good things to do!