To be standing here with you is a dream. I’m in awe of you and of God’s goodness. Today I choose to share the rest of my life—my greatest joys and my deepest sorrows with you.
It’s you who I want by my side for all life may bring, so I give you my word in these things.
I promise to be faithful.
I promise to trust you.
I promise to always encourage you to live in love as Christ taught us.
I promise to respect you and to put you first.
I promise to honor and adore you.
I promise you, Aaron, that when you’re on the top of the world I’ll be by your side to cheer you on. And whenever you are terribly discouraged I’ll cheer you on louder.
I promise to love you everyday into eternity.
God is good, and He surprises us. He surprised me with you, and I’m really glad. You make me stronger than I’ve ever been before. I need you and I want you in my life.
In the greatest decisions of my life—of choosing to follow Christ and of choosing to marry you—there is no turning back.
I love you, Aaron, and in all these things I’ll be true.
My dear Celia, my beautiful bride, you captivate me. You have my heart completely. I am constantly surprised by your kindness and joy regardless of the circumstances. I am humbled by your brilliance and perseverance. Your love for Jesus and others is visible and powerful. You have taught me so much about myself—gently empowering me to be a whole individual and to pursue my dreams. Your patience and thoughtful encouragement are extremely valuable to me. You are valuable to me. You are a precious gift, and I will always view you as such.
These are my promises to you. You are my priority. You will always come before work, school, and our future children—stress future children. I will always listen to you and esteem your worth and purpose. You will always be my standard of beauty. I only have eyes for you.
While called to lead, we are joint partners on this journey. I will always support your decisions and stand behind you. I will strive to maintain emotional intimacy. May I always be your safe place, your harbor. Celia, let us never stop learning and growing. I will still proof read your papers and I will always cut the onions in our home.
John 15 tells us that greater love has no man than this, than he who would lay down his life for his friend. Celia, you are my best friend. While I would gladly take a bullet for you and anyone here, I promise to lay down my life daily for you. I will sacrifice my desires and comforts so that you can thrive—so that you can be the best Celia that you can be because I’m all about Celia.
I relish adventure. I enjoy scaling mountains and rushing down rivers. I like exploring the wilderness and jumping off bridges. I like being pushed and challenged. However, I know my greatest adventure will be pursuing and loving you for a lifetime. So let’s live. Let’s live recklessly. Let’s run hard after a God who knows us and loves us and allows us to love others. Let’s live open handedly and selflessly. Most importantly, let’s always do life together. Celia, I’m in love with you. Sincerely, Aaron.
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Our 3 Sentence Love Story
While we might not remember how we first met, we know that bike rides and picnics transformed our friendship into a romance. Aaron proposed on a mountaintop after a year of living nearly one thousand miles apart. Celia trusted and followed Aaron back to Missouri where life and marriage are sweet.