Five years ago we said our vows in front of about one hundred friends and family members. In some ways, it seems like it was forever ago, and in others its hard to believe its already been five years. Looking back at pictures of our wedding day, I have to laugh, because we seem like such babies. We were barely out of college, I had just turned 22 years old. We were totally clueless, and literally living on love and lunch money. We moved to Winston Salem where I started working night shift as a nurse and we began our journey on this road called marriage.
I think as we hit this five year mark we look back, let out a big sigh of relief, and can say with confidence “We made it.” We made it to the first big milestone in a marriage, the five year mark. We’ve made it through a lot of tough stuff over the past five years. We made it through unemployment, moves, job changes, and hard decisions. We made it through our first pregnancy, and the first two years of parenthood (which deserves a medal in itself!). We’ve celebrated, laughed, and shared a lot of love in these five years. We’ve traveled and seen new places, and at the same time we’ve made some roots in this small town. And here we are on the other side. In some ways we are still those two kids who love baseball, road trips, and are perfectly content to just be in each others company. But looking back, we are so different now.
I think that until you are in a marriage, you really have no idea how much changes in such a short amount of time. You become adults together and navigate this crazy world, doing your best to work hard, plan for the future, and have a little bit of fun all at the same time. Five years ago we didn’t’ have a care in the world other than finally being together and living in the same town under the same roof after being in a long distance relationship for a couple of years. We were worried about paying $100 for Josie because John was unemployed and we weren’t sure we could afford it. I laugh at it now, because here we are. We have a son, we are parents, we have two great jobs, and we are getting ready to start building our dream home. Our conversations used to revolve around college sports, and our plans for the weekend, and who knows what else. Now our conversations are about housework and house plans, and finances, and Landon’s day at preschool, and who’s turn it is to change the poopy diaper.
If anything over the past five years, I’ve learned how strong we really are, how hard life can be sometimes, but how lucky I am to walk through it all with my best friend by my side. We’ve overcome a lot, and we have so much to be thankful for. When we were in need, the Lord provided. His Hand has been on our marriage from day one, and we are fully aware of how he has perfectly planned and guided our steps.
I can’t help but get excited as we start this next chapter of our marriage together. These past five years have taught us so much about faith, and love, and what a marriage truly is. I can only imagine what the next five hold, and the five after that, and after that until we are old and gray and he calls me his crazy old woman and I call him my grumpy old man.
Happy Five Year Anniversary John, we made it! I am so incredibly thankful that I get to share this life with you- I love you and can’t wait to see what else God has in store for us!