Believe it or not: from the first time I saw you, I pictured this moment. In the time that we’ve been together, you have brightened my life in ways I couldn’t have ever imagined. You have supported me and been at my side no matter the circumstance. I have grown to love everything about you and can never get enough of who you are as a person. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a smile on your face or hearing you laugh. Marriage is a commitment I do not take lightly and to enter this covenant with you is truly a blessing from God. I promise to always love you and cherish you. I promise to faithfully lead you and our family through the good times and bad. I promise to always be at your side and continually support you through all of your dreams and aspirations. I promise to always be forgiving and patient with you. I’m so happy that this is what God has for us and I’m excited for what lies ahead as we partner in marriage.
I love you.
I have come to terms with the fact that I have a terrible memory. But I knew right away that I didn’t want to forget any detail of our story. So on February 2, 2016 – 3 days even before our first date – I created a Word document titled “Ben” where I wrote every detail I could think of so that I could look back and remember. It starts like this:
Late at night on Thursday, January 28 th (technically Friday morning…1:05am…who’s really keeping
track?), he told me he liked me. (And I told him I liked him too.) By Friday, he was coming to my ministry events (Jr. High movie night), and I had the first questions of if he was my boyfriend. It took all of my willpower to not get giddy at the thought and say “no, we’re just friends.” By Saturday, he held my hand through his first panic attack and told me I was beautiful. We told ourselves we were going to take it slow. We still barely knew each other, really. But I was in love. With his kindness and sense of humor and his desire to be the best he could be.
There are more entries about our first date, the first time we said I love you, our first big fight, and others. Then our relationship got less new and more normal and, naturally, I forgot about my Word doc, and we just lived our lives together. So I don’t remember every detail of the last year and half, but I know that I’ve loved every moment, because it has brought us here to this one. You have been my best friend, my greatest encourager, and today you become my husband. As your wife, I promise to honor you above myself. I promise to remain loyal to you physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I promise to always strive to forgive you as we have been forgiven by Jesus Christ. I promise to try to remember to laugh at your jokes, even if I don’t think they’re funny. 😉 I promise to always be your #1 fan.
I love you.
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3 Sentence Love Story
I’m pretty sure the minute we went from acquaintances to friends, we both knew this was the beginning of our lifelong story. I finally caved on my wanting-to-wait-a-year-to-get-