Friday, June 11, 2010

Love, Me

"Who will love me for me?
Not for what I have done or what I will become.
Who will love me for me?"
LOVE ME - by JJ Heller

The sun shone bright in blue skies. The day began with a bustle, running here and there. Last minute this...shower, hair, make-up, dress. I'm guessing most wedding days start out that way. An afternoon wedding, we said "I do". Did we really know what all of that meant?

We agreed to a dream. An expectation. An idea of what it might be like, would be like. We came with our own baggage, acquired from years apart and years together, from childhood, teen years, and college. We had dated for six years. This was a natural next step. And it felt like it was about time.

We remember the big events. Weddings are definitely one of them. Looking back on eleven years of marriage, seventeen years of being "a couple", and twenty-nine years of knowing each other (we met in first grade). Wow! We had a lot of time. A lot of history. None of it could prepare us for all that life would throw at us. But we are no different then anyone else. We all have our valleys and mountains. That's why the vows spell it out so clearly. We aren't in it solely for the good, successful, rich, healthy times.

Would you do it all over again? This is an unfair question. Why even consider an answer. Of course. This was The Plan. This was the one chosen for me. This was the story God was telling. Willing characters. The story isn't over. There is still more to be told. Yes, He knows the ending. But for now, we will just have to wait and trust.
"We might not be able to see the end of the story. But we can trust the Storyteller."
(JOANNA WEAVER "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World")
Thank you, Adam, for being my husband for better or worse. Thank you for allowing God to work in your life. Thank you for surrendering to the story He was writing. It's much better then anything we could have come up with on our own! Thank you for your love today, for striving to be the man God calls you to be, and for fighting for our marriage. Thank you for the many times you leave "the other thing" to make our family a priority. Thank you for wanting to be the man I need. Thank you for being patient with me. Thank you for loving me for me.

Happy Anniversary!
Love, your forever wife,


Megan said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Unknown said...

Celebrating with you with thankfulness to our Lord for all He's done and will continue to do in your marriage. You guys are a blessing to so many.

Caytie said...

Hi Christy, Happy Anniversary!
I am Megan's sister, Caytie. I grew up with Adam and his family at our church which we still go to. I have so enjoyed checking your blog and love your heart and your vulnerability in sharing. Many are encouraged when we can openly share our joy and struggles in our Christian walk. Life is hard, but to have the body of Christ to uphold one another is a powerful tool in a fallen world. Thank you and if you don't mind I would like to mark your blog one that "I like" on my blog...please let me know.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your encouragement, Caytie! I actually remember you...we ran into you at that Sanctus Real concert a couple years ago, right? And I'm sure I saw your family at the beach when we used to go with Adam's sisters. Anyway...of course you may mark my blog on your blog. Thank you for reading and commenting! It's always nice to get feedback. I don't know how much you remember about Adam back in the day, but God has done an amazing work in his life...still is. It is hard to not tell everyone of the amazing things God has done in our life and his faithfulness every day. Please, come again soon! :)

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