Have you seen this photo yet?
It’s been making it’s social media rounds and it’s just wow. *sigh* Check out the full album here.
It’s especially sweet to see because today Scott and I are celebrating 14 years of marriage. It was a sweet day. A sweet, sweet, memorable day.
What I would say to that couple and me, 14 years ago would be this:
It’s gonna get hard. I know you’re nodding your head but it’s way harder than you think. You’re going to say mean things and think meaner things and want to get violent and walk away. You might love someone else and be just fine with not kissing him all day.
I know you can’t imagine that because right now because you’re saying We’re different. It couldn’t happen to us. But really, you’re going to wonder if you were feeling sane on your wedding day when you said I do and you’re going to wish you’d thought a little harder.
If you just do it God’s way and forgive and assume the best and follow the golden rule and kiss anyway, the joy on the other side is a love you can’t even imagine right now. It’s as beautiful as a groom crying over his bride but soul deep. It’s a different beautiful that can’t be manufactured because it’s not made of new, but of all the broken pieces taped and glued together.
And you’ll see all the pieces are really glimpses of God.
That one piece where you loved someone else and he kept loving you anyway.
That one piece where you were mad and yelled and he kept loving you anyway.
That one piece where you ignored him and he kept loving you anyway.
That one piece where you thought about walking away and he kept loving you anyway.
Marriage is forgiveness and faithfulness and love at its best and worst. I hope you experience every piece.
To Scott, thanks for loving me anyway.