And MANY more to go!!
On September 19, 2015, Jon and I said our “I Do’s” in front of our amazing family and friends. And it truly was the Best. Day. Ever.
I relive it often in my mind, especially when looking back at all the pictures. I wouldn’t change a thing about it (even my flower girl being naked for the family pics LOL thanks for the laughs, Micah!). So much fun I could get married every single day honestly. Don’t judge, it was a blast.
And it would be to Jonathan every single time.
To say that this past year was a constant blessing would be such an understatement. I have learned so much about myself, about my husband, and about marriage in general. We have grown individually, and we have grown as a couple. The past year has been full of changes and challenges, but we have handled them like champs, in my opinion. From having a major surgery, to moving to a new state, to promoting in rank, to both starting a new job and me starting a new career field, we have grown stronger and God has remained faithful through it all.
One of my favorite things about the relationship between Jon and I is that above everything else, we are friends. We were friends in tenth grade when we met, and we are friends today as we enter our next year of marriage. No matter how much we fight, argue, laugh, or cry, we are friends and respect each other. We have a level of comfort that is hard to find in just anyone, and I think that comes from being friends.
We watch football together, we binge Netflix together, we workout together, we joke around and make fun of each other. But we also love each other, build each other up, serve each other, and at the end of the day, all we want in life is for the other to be happy. This first chapter of marriage has taught me that it doesn’t have to be romance and flowers and rainbows 24/7. It has to just be happiness. And happiness comes from a lot more than just whether or not he gets you flowers or does the dishes. What matters is how he makes you feel. And y’all… Jon makes me feel amazing. Like a princess. Or like a kid on Christmas. Or like a seagull with a french fry. You get the point.
I know I’m not always easy to live with, which is one of the biggest reasons I have so much respect for my dear husband. No matter how grumpy/sassy/hangry I get, he is SO SWEET. Sometimes I question how he even does it, but he is full of patience. I’m thankful. That is worth so so much more than any material thing he could ever give me.
I can’t imagine going through this life with anyone else, and I don’t know how we’d do it without the mercy and grace of our Savior. He has been so good to us, and my prayer for our upcoming years of marriage is that He helps us grow even closer together, and more importantly – even closer to Him.
So Jon, thank you for loving me, for loving Christ, and for showing me patience, respect, and kindness, even when I don’t deserve it.
Here’s to the many memories we’ve made, and to the millions we have ahead of us! In the words of Leslie Knope, I love you AND I like you.
If you’re a newly wed, or even just a fairly newly wed, I encourage you to focus on being your spouse’s best friend. Date your spouse. Talk to God. Thanks for reading, guys. I’m gonna go love on my hubby now🙂