Monday, October 6, 2008

Happy Anniversary!!!

What can I say about the man I love and have vowed to spend the rest of my life with. As many of you know Aaron can be a bit rough around the edges, but once you get past his honest displays of how he feels you will quickly see he is a wonderful man. I have never known love like we share. He truly wants what is best for me and always encourages me to seek God.
I remember the beginning of our relationship as if it happened yesterday. The deep connection I felt with him was overwhelming and amazing. My heart was overjoyed and I remember how my cheeks hurt from smiling all the time. At the time we met, Aaron was a swing manager at McDonald's and worked the am shift. I worked from about 4pm- 11pm as a telemarketing supervisor (don't hate me!) so obviously, we didn't have very compatible schedules. I would call him when I got home from work and we would talk until his alarm went off at like 3am. He won me over quickly with his crazy impressions, poetry, singing and the vulnerability he allowed me to see. He opened his heart to me, I graciously received it and in return I opened my heart to him.
We had been dating for about 14 months when Aaron proposed on Aug 29, 1999 and we were married Oct 7, 2000. I remember our wedding day. I was so excited. I somehow talked my folks into buying my wedding dress for me 8 months before Aaron actually proposed, I guess I just knew he was "it" for me. Crazy, looking back! Anyway, I felt like a princess when I put that dress on and Aaron looked so handsome in his tux. He wore tails at my request and he was reduced to tears when I walked through the doors of the sanctuary. I will never forget the look on his face. Pure love.
About 3 months shy of our first anniversary my back went out for the first time. Aaron was scared, even though I didn't know it at the time, but he was a rock for me. We didn't experience the typical first year of adjustment like many newly married couples do. We loved the closeness and being able to wake up in each others arms. We were so happy. When my back went out we went through a trying time. We felt alone in our suffering and unprepared to take care of all that was being placed in our laps. Somehow God saw us through. He carried us through beautifully and we came out of that time stronger than before.
In June 2002 we purchased our first home. It was a great time in our life and we quickly added a Pug to the mix, Miss Roxi. Things were going well and we were flying high.
In 2004 things came to a screeching halt. In March we lost our first baby. We grieved together, but in completely different ways. I will never forget the look on his face when he came home from work early after I called him to tell him the devastating news. He walked into the house, fell to his knee's and together we cried. It was a dark time in our lives, but it brought us closer by miles.
On March 9, 2005 we welcomed Noah Isaac into our family, 14 months later, May 22, 2006 Collin came along. The 2 new addition's made our love increase a million fold and the way I looked at him forever changed. The title of FATHER agreed with him and my love deepened.
As you know the last year has been crazy for us concerning my health. Aaron has been amazing through this. He has cared for our children, redirected me to God, gotten up with me throughout the night, cooked, cleaned and all without one complaint. I wish you could all see how well Aaron has done throughout this difficult time. I am grateful the Lord has given me the most amazing partner in life. I have no idea where he gets all of the energy to work all day, come home, play with the boys and then put them to bed. I am constantly impressed by his desire to do what is right and how he sincerely desires to serve God above all. He is a man of integrity, honor and truth. I love him and thank the Lord for him!!
Happy Anniversary Baby! I love you!!


Erin said...

Happy anniversary, guys. Your wedding day was a beautiful celebration, and it's so clear that God meant it about two becoming one in that moment. You've been on a rich journey together -- here's to the rest of it!

Jenny said...

Shew that was a long engagement. Seriously, never take the gift of having someone to walk with you through all of these joys and struggles for granted. It is not promised to us but is a gift from God. I am so glad GOd led you to each other.

Jen said...

Happy Anniversary! You two are a wonderful couple and God has blessed our lives in knowing you. Praying many more happy years for you!

Beck said...

Chris and I were blessed to be a part of that special day! We miss being a part of your lives now on a regular basis. But we're thankful for your friendship and rejoice in the blessing your marriage is.

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