In light of today being my husband and I’s 6th anniversary, I thought I would share how I framed our vows! For our 5th anniversary I went the traditional route and bought something wood: an awesome white-washed frame from World Market. World Market has some great prices, but also great coupons! I used the $10 off a $30 purchase one on this frame. I probably could have just bought my husband a Lowes gift card to buy himself wood for all of his projects and he would have been equally happy, but instead I framed our wedding vows!
My husband wrote our vows and I never wanted to forget those unique and powerful words we committed to one another on July 3, 2011. I used various fonts and clipart to make this print and then had it printed at FedEx.
The frame sits conveniently in our living room, where we spend a lot of time. It serves as a reminder to us that our commitment to one another is a choice we have to make every day. Heck, every minute. It is not only for us, but also so our kids can see our priorities and our reason for our marriage. And truthfully, it’s refreshing to say these words out loud years later! It brings back memories and feelings of our wedding day, and even the planning leading up to our wedding. We knew we could each be better used for the kingdom of God if we left ourselves and devoted to one another. Little did we knew the sharpening and molding that would take place by serving one another. We chose to commit to love and serve God together, not knowing what exactly that would look like. We vowed to willingly accept the blessings and the trials, unaware that this would come so soon in the form of parenting. By making this commitment, we became one. And while we were fully joined together on July 3, 2011, the processing of becoming one is a journey. It’s a daily decision to consider one another’s needs, desires, and perspectives greater than our own. Over the past few years I have realized the importance and weight of this commitment. I’ve been challenged to hold fast to our vows because the gospel is at stake. Our marriage is to reflect Christ’s unconditional love, commitment and sacrifice to the world. And sacrifice, while it is hard, it is indeed where we find freedom. By giving ourselves away, we gain more of Christ.
“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
-Tim Keller: The Meaning of Marriage
And of course I can’t share an anniversary post without some of our wedding pictures! My dear friend Jill took our wedding pictures and captured every holy, special and fun moment!
THE FIRST LOOK
THE WEDDING PARTY
THE BEST PARTY THERE EVER WAS
This day was such a gift! My parents threw the best party, with the best band and the most dancing. I felt so loved and celebrated and encouraged. As much as I loved this day, I’m glad it’s not still where I am. I am thankful for the ways marriage has grown and sanctified me. I’m in awe of the blessings God has given us and I am so thankful for all the people who have come alongside us, supporting and encouraging us in our marriage!