Sunday, July 31, 2011

7 years

On this day, 7 years ago, Shane and I stood before God and before our family and friends and promised to love, honor, obey, and trust. We made our vows to be together living as one, loving each other through thick and thin.

As I stood, 7 years ago, a mere 20 years old, promising my life to a man just 2 years old than me, I don't think either of us could have ever imagined what our life would be like together. The joy we would experience. The sorrow. The ups and downs. Neither of us had a clue.

All we knew was that we loved each other and couldn't picture life without each other.

As I read my vows to the man that I couldn't wait to call my husband, I would have never guessed that by our 7th year of marriage we would have already faced life and death. I would have never imagined that he would be the backbone of our marriage, my pillar of strength, and the true head of our household that I had always dreamed of.

I knew that I loved him, but I would have never been able to fathom how deeply that love would run.

But here we are, July 31, 2011. We have given life to 4 children. We have said good bye to one. We have bought and lost a home . We have weathered financial strain, job loss, personal insecurities, raising small children, as well as growing up together (admit it or not- we both had a lot of growing up to do when we were first married).

But I wouldn't trade this life with him for anything in this world.

7 beautiful years.

Happy Anniversary Shane. I love you.

"Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 
It is not rude, it is not self seeking. 
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, 
always hopes, always perseveres. 
Love never fails."

1 Corinthians 13:4-8


Robin said...

what gorgeous photos and a beautiful post to your husband! Congrats on 7 years, and best of luck for many, many more wonderful years together on this Earth.

Christina said...

Hi Jill, I don't post often but read all the time. I wanted to wish you a Happy Anniversary!! 7 years is awesome,I know God will bless you with MANY more to come!! ( I remember our 7th, we just celebrated 19 years on the 29th)

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! Very sweet post. You guys definitely have been through a lot but 7 yrs means so much. In the bible, 7 yrs means completion so it's like your love has been tested, strengthened, and brought full circle. Congrats!

Ausmerican Housewife said...

Happy anniversary! Everybody has a lot of growing up to do when they first marry. ;) We were 24 1/2 and 25 3/4 when we married and both still pretty much kids at that point too! We've given life to 2 kids and watched life slip by them. We've moved twice and had our share of general craziness that life brings. (At one point, we had 3 deaths in the family. Our sister in law's mom, our sweet baby Julia and my husband's grandma all in 8 months!) Sheer craziness.

How is lil bub in the oven doing?

Joe said...

Happy Anniversary a little late!

You two are an amazing couple and an example to many. You are always in my prayers.

God Bless,


Peach said...

Aww!!! <3

Stefenie said...

Happy Anniversary!!

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