I slept better than I thought I would last night. I anticipated that I would be up all night thinking about today. I guess I was exhausted enough from all the last minute preparations. Last night I spent at the church with my friends, Ashley, Magevs and Scott finishing up the food prep for the reception. We balled fruit, rolled lunch meat and cubed cheese. It was fun for all. I was tired, my feet hurt and I was getting married in less than 24 hours. The whole week has been filled with wedding work. My best friend Ashley is here with me to help share the burden....she's the best! We have decorated, shopped, dumpster dove, and shared a lot of good times this week. So here we are, the day of my wedding. I'm marrying the man I know God has intended for me. I have no doubts, no fears and no worries. Really. I am not even all that nervous. So hair and makeup are priority and once they were done, to the church we went--a few pictures beforehand. We were traditional and did not see each other before the wedding. BJ sent me a beautiful card via a bridesmaid on the morning of our wedding, telling me how excited he was for me to be his wife, it was so sweet.
So we did it, the wedding went off with no blunders and it was beautiful. The reception was brief, as we were anxious to get on with the show :-). We were married at 4:00pm and we left the church at around 5:30pm. We drove to our townhouse and changed out of our wedding garb and then drove to Branson, MO. We stayed at a cute bed and breakfast on the lake. It was quiet and peaceful. We had a hot tub on our porch and the lake was within spitting distance. We were there four days and we stayed in a lot. Saw a show or two, but mostly we just hung out on the lake and in the hot tub.
3 years....it seems like so much longer. I could say that it has been wonderful and glorious, but I would be lying. While there have been many wonderful and glorious times, the road to here has been rocky and paved with splinters. We have had our share of turmoil and tribulation. But, by God's Grace, we have made it, and I know we will be married forever. He is the love of my life and I cannot even begin to fathom my life without him. I still get butterflies in the pit of my stomach when we kiss. We are far from perfect and we have many many things to learn, but we will learn them together and we are committed to one another. The first year was the hardest year of my life, the second was less hard and this last year, well, we had a baby and that was wonderful, but it does have an impact on your marriage and what you are used to. I think the fourth year will be the best yet! I'm ready!
To my husband...
Thank you for putting up with me, I know I can be difficult to live with, but thank you for loving me. You are the love of my life, and I cannot begin to imagine what my life would be life if you were not in it. I look forward to the rest of our lives together and the things we will do and the things we will learn together. Happy Anniversary, I love you!