5 Of The Best Years

Today marks our 5th year wedding anniversary.
It’s hard to believe it has been 5 years since we stood before our family, friends, and God and exchanged our vowels.

I remember the day we first met (in the photo below), which was January 9, 2003 and I had no idea the woman I met would forever change my life.

We dated for a little over 2 years before getting married on September 10, 2005 and I discovered the most amazing woman God had created just for me.
Our first year of marriage was really tough and if it weren’t for God, I’m not sure we would’ve made it.  But looking back, I realize we would’ve been very foolish to have given up because through the years I discovered something much greater …. my best friend.

I’ve learned so much about marriage and relationships just from my wife and listening to God.  By doing so, I’ve found one of life’s greatest treasures, someone who is always there for me, who will be there when no one else is, who embraces me when times are tough, someone who even cries with me when life just sucks. 
I have a spouse who always believes in me even when I doubt myself, who loves me even when I fail.  She’s my companion, the person who goes through it all with me and is always by my side through the good times and the bad.

And just when I think it couldn’t have gotten any better, she gave birth to two of the most beautiful and amazing little girls that’s ever lived.  She is such a great mommy to them and what joy they have brought us over the years.   She’s there for them when they’re sick and even there for me too when I’m ill.

Of all of the people God could have chosen for me, I thank Him for picking my wife.  She gets more and more beautiful as time goes on.  I often wonder how a guy like me ended up with a gal like her, but I don’t ask her that since she may start asking the same question and realize what a mess she married.  (Just Kidding)

5 Years
The really neat thing about the number 5 in my life is it’s repetition in so many occasions.  If you’ve been around me long enough, you’ve probably heard me mention how numbers have Biblical significance and meaning.  5 means Grace; God’s goodness; Pentateuch (first five books). Visit http://www.asis.com/users/stag/godcount.html for a good explanation of what I mean.

When my wife was asking me what day we should set as our wedding day, I told her I really didn’t care just as long as it was on a Saturday.  She ended up picking September 10.  Well, within about 2 weeks of our wedding day, I manage to come across my baptism video and had completely forgotten what day I was baptized on.  Turns out, it was September 10, 2000, exactly 5 years to the date prior to our wedding day. 
Today is our 5 year anniversary, which also is the 10 year anniversary of my baptism.  What’s significant about that?  Well, my first name is 5 letters and so is my last.  10.
There’s other examples I could give, but this is indeed a special year.

I do look forward to the day we put a 0 after the 5 because I know I will look at my wife, me bald and her more beautiful than ever, and really know how sacred a lifetime with my wife has been like.  I also know I will love her even more by then (as if that were possible) and be the cute old people slowing everyone down in the grocery store while holding hands and enjoying our lives.

Thank you God for giving us our marriage and for holding it together and putting the pieces back together when we’ve gone and screwed it up.

I love you so much Amanda and thank YOU for marrying me on this day 5 years ago.  I wouldn’t know how great love can be if it weren’t for you and thank you for spending your life with me.  I’ll never be able to express how much you mean to me, but God will when we are one day with Him.

Here’s a few photos of some of our times together over the past 7 years.

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