As we stand here, I don’t think we could be any luckier. We have each other, our kids, the love and support of our family and friends, our beautiful home and our faith. What more could we truly ask for? Together, we have four amazing kids that I am so proud of. You are such an amazing mom and I promise to you and the kids that I will always support them, encourage them, protect them and provide for them. I promise to always love Alysa, Brody and Viv as my own. Blood hasn’t made us a family but love has. Julian and I are so grateful that you took us into your family with open arms and have loved us as family from the very beginning. Thank you for being such an amazing person to Julian. That truly means the world to me.
I truly believe God has a plan for everything. We may not always like it or understand it but He has a plan. A plan that has taught us lessons to make us ready for what is yet to come. I believe we were meant to meet at the park that morning. Things happen for a reason.
I know we have used our dining room table as a symbol for how we have coped with some challenges in our lives lately, but I feel it symbolizes our family more than anything. Like when I saw you across the park, past all the people there. We started talking like we have known each other for years. There was more than just how beautiful you are. Everything about you is amazing, words can’t even describe (or we would be here for a very long time), But I saw you, like when we saw the table, in pieces behind junk, we knew we could make something beautiful out of it. We knew it would be hard work and take dedication, like our relationship, but we were willing to give it our all and do it together. Like our relationship, as we worked at it, we sanded away the dark outer coating and those obvious scars and scratches from the past started disappearing. We then had something beautiful. The true natural wood or in our case, we were finally able to be us. I was me again and you were you. The kids are happy. But what really did it was when we pinned and glued those non-perfect pieces of wood together to make something so beautiful, something so perfect for us. A place where we will make millions of memories. It still has its scars from the past but those are the scars that have made it what it is today or who we are today. That’s what shapes us. Those scars from the past were part of God’s plan for us to become better people, parents, best friends and companions. But then we took the poly and protected the wood, like we, as a family, have embraced our religion and our love for God. The table may get scratched and dinged up now, but that’s what makes the table. It’s our story, but yet we know it’s protected, like we know our faith in each other and in God will protect us.
I can’t promise you that there won’t be bad days, arguments or disagreements. I can’t promise you that I won’t drive you crazy sometimes. But what I can promise you is that I will always love you, That no matter what, we are in this together. You are just as much my mountain as I am yours.
I look forward to 50 years from now when I wake to the sun shining off your beautiful face. At that moment, I will know that I have fallen in love with you all over again like I have every day before that. I won’t see grey hair or wrinkles, but I will see the beautiful woman that walked into the park that day we met or the gorgeous woman I have the privilege or marrying right now. Making millions of memories not only together but as a family. Coming home every morning from work to a wife and kids that love me just as much as I love you and the kids. That’s what I look forward to.
I would like to recite a quote from an unknown author that I think fits us well… “I come to this marriage, this glorious partnership with my full heart and mind and soul. It’s not the end of a search; it’s the beginning of a new adventure.”
I love you.
Thankful does not begin to convey the depths of my gratitude to be able to love a man like you. I am both honored and humbled to be able to call you my best friend, confidant, and soon, husband.
From the early days in our relationship it was clear you were a man who was willing to put your whole heart into loving me, regardless of what you got in return. You have continued to show me that love in a manner that is so unabashed, selfless, and consistent even when I don’t deserve it. I stand here before you today and I am so excited to return that great love to you for the rest of our lives. I will always work to be worthy of the love you have shown me.
I am committed to loving you unconditionally and without hesitation on your best days and even more on your worst.
These are my vows to you.
I promise to be the ears that always listen to you – even when we’re really old and can’t hear that well.
I promise to point out all your new gray hairs and wrinkles and put up with it when you point out mine, knowing that they signify time spent together and laughter shared.
I promise to keep your Dr. Pepper supply stocked – even if it means we have to install a tap for it.
I promise to pray for you and with you and to help keep our faith strong in Christ.
I promise to accept that we are different- that we will see the world differently and over the course of our marriage we will want different things. Though I don’t expect this to be easy, I will strive to be open-minded and loving about the way you see things. Failing this, I will do my best to be tolerant.
I promise to respect you, even when I disagree with you. I promise to remember in every disagreement that there is not a winner and a loser – that we are united in everything so we will either win together or lose together. I promise to look for a winning outcome in disagreements.
I will strive each and every day to demonstrate patience, forgiveness and grace in our marriage.
I promise to be quick to listen, slow to speak and to never go to bed angry – even if it means staying awake all night.
I promise to be the best mother possible to our children and to always be a team – even when our parenting styles differ.
I promise to affirm you in public and in private. I promise to remind you of your dreams and hold you accountable in pursuing them.
I promise to be true to you, to uplift and support you, to frustrate and challenge you (I’m already pretty good at that one).
I also promise to break some of these promises at some point….
Except this one.
I promise to love you faithfully, abundantly, and unconditionally for the rest of our lives.
I promise to walk hand in hand with you and stand proudly by your side in every stage of life. Not because I think it will always be easy but because with you I know that even on the most dreadful, wretched, worst days of our lives, our faith, marriage, and love will give us the strength to face the worst while holding hands with the best.
I promise to never leave you. Where you go, I will go and where you stay, I will stay. Your home will be my home, your Bugga will be my Bugga.
I vow to be your wife, your partner, your supporter, your biggest fan and your best friend until I breathe my last breath.
I love you with all my heart and soul.
9 • 2• 2017
3 Sentence Love Story
We met at a park one sunny, May morning; started talking as parents of similar aged children and ended up falling in love. Life has presented us with challenges but we decided that we would face those challenges together for the rest of our lives and became husband and wife on September 2, 2017. We enjoy working together to build different projects but without a doubt, the best project of our lives is working together to build a strong marriage.