Last Friday, Kim and I celebrated our sixteenth anniversary. For the special occasion we took the kids out for pizza. In the days leading up to August 1, I began to reflect on what has changed about our relationship in those years and how our vows have become a living breathing part of our marriage. Following are a few random thoughts in no specific order.
-On a daily basis we find ourselves thinking the same thing at the same time, or saying the same thing together. It is unbelievably weird, but I love it.
-There is great comfort in having one person who will laugh with you when no one else would.
-We meant what we said about the "richer or poorer" part of the vows, but are very content living in the poorer part and doubt seriously that we will see the richer. Which is fine with us.
-Feeling completely at home can be achieved just by being in the presence of one person no matter where you are.
-Loving someone unconditionally on your own is hard work. It can be done, but it is almost impossibly hard.
-Loving someone unconditionally through Christ and His grace is much easier and more fulfilling.
-The "in sickness and in health" part of the vows seemed very insignificant sixteen years ago, but I wouldn't trade a moment of the years we have together. The hard times have always been hard, but they have also been the times when our love and marriage have grown the most. As Browning wrote, "I walked a mile with Pleasure, She chattered all the way; But left me none the wiser, For all she had to say. I walked a mile with Sorrow And ne'er a word said she; But, oh, the things I learned from her When Sorrow walked with me."
-I could never have imagined having what we have.
-When I said "I do", I did, but I never knew how much more I would.
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