I can’t tell you I’m an expert at love. Heck, I’ve only just celebrated my first wedding anniversary.
But there’s this unwavering feel, this utmost desire, in making someone else feel as loved, as whole, as I am.
But love, I’ve come to understand,
is more than three words mumbled before bedtime.
Love is sustained by action,
a pattern of devotion in
the things we do for each other
– Nicholas Sparks
When we were booking our photographer for the wedding, we were already married – legally. So the wonderful Ellie allowed us to switch the Engagement Shoot, for an Anniversary Shoot. And like with our wedding pictures, she delivered. Big time.
We aren’t a perfect couple to work with. We are dorky, and awkward, and it takes time to warm up in front of a camera. But she knows this. She knows us. And we are blessed to have found her.
I’m all for pictures. I’m all for having constant reminder of the great times, of a time when we were newlyweds, so young, and full of hopes and dreams. Maybe more than others. But Lord knows we fought for this. To be able to be together, and enjoy, and just be happy. Most couples don’t go through some of the trials we did, and we know we are also much more fortunate than others. But we each fight our battles, and I’m happy to know we won this one.
This first year came with so many amazing memories, but also with some bumps in the roads. Bumps I tried to avoid at all costs, bumps that sometimes took a lot to overcome. But this is what we promised we’d do. Every day of our lives. To go through all those bumps, together.
To learn, and to be patient, and to understand. I know God put him in my life for a reason. He knows we want each other, and knows we can grow that much more with one another. But most of all, He knows that we complete each other. You are my strength when I’m too weak, you are my rock when I fall apart. You taught me to stop worrying about what could have been, and to embrace the now. And I promise you I’m trying to learn.
My wish, is that what we feel now lasts throughout our marriage. That we may inspire our future kids to know that some things don’t come easily, but with perseverance, and courage, and strength, amazing things can happen to you. And when they do, you have to cherish them forever. With your heart and mind.