We have spent 2190 days together as a married couple, but the truth is I committed to being with Rick long before we said our vows in front of our friends & family six years ago today.
I remember when I divulged to my best friend & her husband that I had a crush on Rick. I had agonized over it for weeks & as we were driving back from a work function, a feeling that I had to get something off my chest came over me. They were so excited, but I remember saying that I had to be extra careful & I had to be sure. I knew that if I were to tell Rick that I liked him & he, by some stretch of the imagination felt the same, we would be serious right away. Rick wasn't just the guy you hang out with & date. He was the guy you marry.
And I did. Lucky me!!!
I can't imagine what my life would be like if I hadn't met & married Rick. Our life hasn't been perfect. I mean, no marriage is. We fight & say unkind things to one another more often than I'd like to admit. We are sometimes selfish & put our own interests ahead of the other. We've gone through hard times & certain things in our marriage have not gone the way we dreamed they would on that beautiful day six years ago.
But the good times far outweigh the bad and God is using even the worst of times to make our relationship stronger. And the truth is that even if you would have asked me six years ago what my idea of the perfect marriage was, I wouldn't have ever dreamed it would be like our current marriage. I could never have dreamed up a more perfect person to spend my life with.
I get to be an aunt with this man (Uncle Beard & Aunt Roar, at your service). I get to go on adventures with this man. I get to create art alongside this man. I will never stop being thankful that he chose me 6 years ago & continues to choose every day since.
|Photo Credit: Betony Coons|