Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ten Years and Running...

Well…today is a special day. Today I celebrate the tenth anniversary of my marriage.  I can’t believe we’ve had a decade together…wow!

As we reach the age where we are watching a number of our friends’ marriages beginning to dissolve, I consider myself SO fortunate and blessed that after 10 years together, I am more in love with my wife than I was when we met. I fully understand that it’s not always that way – and I try to never take my relationship for granted.

The last 10 years have certainly been an adventure. I was 21 years old at our wedding and am a completely different person today than I was then. And Mandy is different too. But we have journeyed together through all of these changes, committed to the process of growing and maturing and transforming together.

We have lived in 3 different states. We have lived in a dorm and apartments and the big city and in community with other people. And now we own a home.

We, collectively, have 4 more degrees than we had when we started. We have continually been committed to the process of learning, and much sacrifice has occurred in order to make that happen – mainly by Mandy in allowing us to pack up everything and move to Seattle for seminary. I will always be grateful for her sacrificial and adventurous spirit – because moving to Seattle changed our lives in so many ways and I will always be grateful for our time there.

And now we are here in Bozeman with the two most amazing kids in the world – putting down roots, forming lifelong friendships, committing to the place where God has us. Life has changed so much – in some ways slowing down to a delightful crawl and in other ways speeding up to a hectic chaos. But life is good and I love every day.

I have no idea what the future holds for our little family, but I am so glad to have a partner for the journey. I’m sure there will be joy and pain, ease and struggle, hope and despair – but there’s no one I’d rather share this life with. Mandy continually challenges me and stretches me and encourages me and loves me. She is an incredible wife and mother and woman and I am so blessed to have her in my life.

Here’s to the next decade.