Since day one I have been inspired by you, your kind heart and gentle words. I admire the childlike wonder you hold the world in. I have found someone I can be calm and rest in, the person I can call home. You have captivated my heart and stilled my gaze. Today I get to marry my best friend. I cherish the person you are; who you were when we first met and who you will become. It is incredible to me that we get to start this new journey through life together. I promise to be there for you for the rest of y days, the good and the bad. I will treasure you and cherish the life we will build together. Even when the seas are rough and times get tough, I want you to be by my side weathering the storm.
When you’ve been together as long as we have, people always ask when it was that I knew I would end up here with you today. If I am being honest, I have never really known how to answer that question. There was never a moment when the skies opened up and sunbeams rained down from heaven. There was never a moment with spotlights and angel voices. No neon signs with arrows declaring you were “The One”. No. It was in the middle of the ordinary and mundane. In the middle of a normal, small-town life, I found myself falling for you over and over again. And it was in those moments, small and simple, that I knew you were the one I wanted to love forever.
It was in the moments when you wiped my tears, when you held me close, when your smile lit up your face and when your eyes twinkled with delight as you talked about your passions. It was in the moments where I threw up my walls and with a single touch, you broke them all down. It was when your laugh echoed in my soul, when you worked hard to prepare a life for us, when you never gave up on me and the life we were building together.
You’ve taught me that there is strength in vulnerability, that there is beauty in letting my walls fall down, that there is overwhelming power in being loved for all that you are… and all that you’re not.
You are humble and kind. You work hard and love deeply. You are a protector, a provider, a comforter, an encourager. You are my best friend, my confidante, my partner in crime. There are a million things you are to me, but my favorite, by far, is “home”.
I wish I could promise you beautiful things and a life full of everything wonderful Unfortunately, I can only promise that I will fall short. I promise I will be stubborn, that I will leave hair in the drain, that I will let the dishes pile up. I promise that I will get angry, that I will be more blunt than you’d like, that I will complain. I promise to be overly competitive, to be extremely cynical, and to let my hanger get the best of me. I can only guarantee all of my faults, but by God’s great and glorious grace, I can promise you good and lovely things.
I promise that I will try, that when I feel like breaking down, I will stand my ground and fight.
I promise that I will love you the way you need to be loved, that I will continue to learn about you so that I can love you in new and creative ways.
I promise to come alongside, to be your help-mate, and to pray, hard, for you.
I promise to stand next to you in battle and to dance in the minefields with you.
I promise not to see you with broken eyes, but to see you, TRULY see you, and to love you still.
I promise to believe in your dreams, even when you don’t, to support you and encourage you, even when you feel like giving up.
I promise to be both your biggest fan and the greatest teammate you’ve ever known.
I promise to always pursue the Lord, to fix my heart on His will, and to always look heavenward so that I can be the best wife I can possibly be.
And when hard times come, as they inevitably will, I promise to let the Lord guide as I lean ever closer to you.
Today, I promise to you my whole heart for my whole life, from this moment to my very last.
Benjamin David Sabin, I choose you now, and I will keep choosing you for the rest of my life.
‘For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death separates me from you.’
Here’s to forever. I love you.
5 • 7• 2017
3 Sentence Love Story
We were neighbors as little kids, but lost touch after our families moved away from each other. We reconnected in high school and have been together ever since. We’ve only ever dated each other and we’re so thankful for the blessing that has been.