Today is a very special momentous day for Nate & me. It’s our 10th wedding anniversary.
We’ve been married for a decade now. Wow.
I never doubted we’d make it this far, but I’m pretty sure there were plenty of people who did when we got married in 2002. I was just 19 and Nate was 20. We were practically still kids. And we were definitely pretty naive. We’re still pretty young at 29 and 30, but I think it’s safe to say we’ve matured a lot. Having four kids will certainly do that to you. (Or at least it should!)
We met when I was almost 16. We’re one of those somewhat-rare couples where there’s only ever been each other. Neither of us has ever had another boyfriend or girlfriend. Not even a single date with someone else. It’s kinda cool to have that special bond.
When I was a teenager, I used to pray that the Lord would send me the man he wanted me to be with. My heart was already broken in so many pieces, from other situations, and I was desperately afraid of being hurt in pursuit of love. I honestly didn’t think I could handle one more hurt. So I handed that burden over to God. Not that I didn’t ever try to take it back from time to time, but I prayed everyday that He would send me that man.
God answered that prayer when He sent Nate. I wasn’t always sure of it. I had my doubts at times. (Not from Nate, but from my own insecurities.) But, now, as we are celebrating 10 years together, I see how awe-inspiring God’s plan is. When I see Nate, I see my beautiful children, how much love there is in my family, I’m reminded of this powerful verse:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
My husband is amazing. I’ve sometimes held back on sharing just how awesome he is because I don’t want to be one of those people who are always bragging about their perfect kids, perfect family, their perfectness. But I’ve realized that’s not what I want to do. And for Pete’s sake, Nate deserves some credit for everything he has to deal with. He patiently puts up with a lot from me. All my issues that are taking two therapists to work through. Trust me, that’s not easy!
Nate, thank you for everything you do. For making me a nice breakfast and coffee each morning so I can get my day started with a good meal. You know I’m not a morning person and would just grab a protein bar otherwise. For emptying the dishwasher because you know it means a lot to me. For offering to fold laundry, even though I never take you up on it because you still don’t seem to know how to fold even a towel! Lol! (See made you laugh!) For leaving me sweet notes, telling me how wonderful you think I am and that you love me.
Thank you for taking the time to ask, “What can I do to help you, honey?” For changing diapers when you’re home so I can have a break. For realizing how much I love animals and doing thoughtful things like getting me a cockatiel for Mother’s Day. For changing the cat litter. For taking out the trash every week, even though it’s so early and you’re rushing to work. For helping with the kids even when you’re exhausted. For doing the dinner dishes without me asking.
Thank you for tackling the never-ending to do list on the fridge. For being so willing to let me get out with my girlfriends for an evening. For cleaning out the dishwasher because you know I hate doing that job. For taking the kids on many a Saturday so I can get caught up on blogging. (Ever wonder how I do it? I couldn’t without him.) For always encouraging me with blogging and telling me how great a job I do – you’re my biggest fan! For the beautiful new diamond ring set you bought me a month ago. For the old diamond ring set you gave me 10 years ago.
Thank you for being so patient with me in so many ways that I can’t even begin to describe. For being my best friend. For trying to understand me. For telling me “You’re beautiful!” a million times and still not stopping. For never being to busy to call me or stop and say “I love you.”
I’m really beginning to see how the Lord is using you, Nate, to help heal my broken and wounded heart. To remind me that there is good in this world. There is happiness. There is love. Oh so much love.
We’ve come so far these past 10 years. We’ve learned and grown a lot. And I’m excited to see where the Lord is going to take us this nex decade.
Nate, I hope this post will allow you to see just a glimpse of how much you mean to me.
Thank you for marrying me 10 years ago.
Happy Anniversary, honey.
I love you.