Thursday, July 21, 2011

13 Years

This week is our 13th wedding anniversary. I am sometimes in awe at the life God has given us. When I met Hubby at 16 I could not have imagined what we would become.
I was 16, so of course it was all very romantic. He was close to perfect, I was a wonderful girlfriend (insert humble face here...or not) what else could we possibly ask for?

Try to contain your giggling when viewing this picture.

We dated for 6 years and even stayed together while we went to different colleges. I know, I know, true love.  We were married 2 weeks after I graduated and began our lives together.

This was my favorite wedding picture until Hubby pointed out it looks like he only has one leg. Thanks for that.

What I didn't know then was God's plans were much bigger than ours.
While I was focused on the wedding, thinking that was the greatest thing to ever happen to me, God was planning the truly wonderful for later.

It was after our wedding day...

that we truly found the Lord,
that we learned we are not in control, He is,
that we had some of the darkest days of our lives,
that we had the most wonderful times,
that we discovered what our marriage vows really meant, lived out,
that we were blessed with 4 beautiful children,
that we learned true love and grace.




I'm grateful for our history. We have a lot of shared memories, good and bad, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. I wouldn't trade the inside jokes and the nick names that sound ridiculous to everybody else. I'm grateful to know we are both in this for the long haul. It won't always be easy, but God and love will always be in the center.

Thanks for the wonderful 13 years Hubby.
I'm your biggest fan and I love you!

"God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8

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36 comments:

Ferial said...

Happy happy happy anniversary! Praise God for your marriage!

katie said...

Happy 13 years to you and your hubby!!! We started dating at 16 too and dated for 6 years before graduating from college and then got married. I love all the photos of the two of you, even the "one legged hubby" one!

gratefulmama said...

Happy Anniversary!! Congratulations on 13 wonderful years!

Rags to Stitches said...

I love this!! A true testament to true love and all that God can do in a marriage when he is in the center. You are an amazing person. Happy 13th Anniversary friend. Love you!

Jamie said...

Beautiful love story, great pictures! And that first pic is no laughing matter! You were beautiful then, and you are now. (PS: LOVE the one leg pic. SO MUCH!)

Vivian said...

Beautiful couple. Beautiful story. Congratulations on your anniversary and wishing you many more years together.

Melissa @MarriedWithKitties said...

So beautiful! Happy Anniversary! Totally reminds me of my hubster & our marriage. :-)

Breeann said...

Happy 13 years!! What a blessing :)

Marie said...

congrats! may the lord bless you with many many more:)

Heather from wearetheholdens.blogspot.com said...

Happy Anniversary!! What a sweet story/ a sweet life.. I luv to hear how God has worked in a marriage. Ya'll are a beautiful couple. :)

Wendy said...

Beautiful post and pics ~ missing leg and all :)
Happy Anniversary!

Alyss said...

Happy Anniversary! And I started busting up when I noticed the one legged husband.

theolivetree said...

happy anniversary!!

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

Jami, you could have basically written this for me(except the part about the 4 kids since we have only 2:)). We got married the month after I graduated college and we've been together since I was 16(he was 17). We hit 10 years while on our vacation a few weeks ago.That milestone was totally earned the hard way.
I think couples these days have no idea just how much hard work must go into a marriage to make it survive. Im learning that daily now.
Love you! And congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment my friend!

Kimberlee Haag said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to one of my favorite couples!

Lora said...

y'all are so cute :)

{cuppakim} said...

happy anniversary!
you had me laughing out loud with the one-legger picture. i'm DYING.

what a sweet story God has written, and is writing. i love getting a glimpse into it :)

Jessica said...

Happy Anniversary! So happy for you to be celebrating something so special.

Krista said...

What a wonderful post! Happy anniversary! I love all the pictures of the two of you. It's so great to see people loving each other more than ever and celebrating the true meaning of marriage.

the lowes said...

amazing, happy anniversary you two. so glad God put yall together!!

Stephanie said...

Loved reading abut y'alls love story! Happy Anniversary :) God is so awesome and He is such a great Author of our lives.

Jessica Johnson said...

yay for young love and awesome one legged photos! i am crying! but totally didn't notice until you said something. it IS a beautiful picture. as is your wonderful, Christ-centered marriage. happy anniversary!! <3

Erin said...

Happy Anniversary!! :) I haven't been with my hubby since highschool, but I have been friends with him since I was 14! What great history to have! :) Hope you have MANY more years!! Thanks for popping over to my blog too ;)

-erin
www.gracefilledblog.com

Olga said...

Congrats!! What a blessing... 13 years!!

Heart n Soul said...

Congratulations.... and I love that photo too. I didn't notice the one leg until it was pointed out. lol :)

chelsea {joy} said...

love this post friend! you guys are cute :) happy anniversary! God is so good :)

Ashley @ Life Is Beautiful said...

Happy Anniversary!! Such a blessing!! I was talking to the Lord last night on the way home, and my heart broke because it's so rare to see marriages not fail anymore... Like I said, this was a blessing!

The one legged picture made me chuckle! Thanks for sharing!!

-Many Smiles!

BARBIE said...

Happy anniversary!

Erin A said...

New to your blog, love it!

Congrats on your anniversary!! Beautiful story, and I hadn't noticed that about his leg until you pointed it out. But then it took me a while to figure out just where his other leg was, lol!

Thanks for your sweet comment too, I'm just trying to cherish these moments!

Have a great weekend!

XO
Erin

Emily said...

What A beautiful romance!!! Happy 13!!! Love u!!!!

Sarah Fontenot said...

I'm a new follower here. Happy Anniversary!

Nessa said...

Happy Anniversery! Love that wedding photo.

Leslie @ top of the page said...

yay! our 14th is in a couple weeks. crazy. and rough. and beautiful. who knew it would be like this when we were basically children with so many romanticized ideals!? i remember crying and crying the day i realized (when we were engaged) that he'd be at work all day and we would only spend a few hours together a day after getting married. funny to think about now. great job, you two.

Melanie said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!! We recently celebrated 11 years and my hubby turns 40 tomorrow! Where in the world does the time go?!?!

I'm new to your blog (from 'Along for the Ride') and am SO happy to meet you! I blog at 'Only A Breath' and love meeting other Christian writers! Following your blog and looking forward to reading more from you!

Hope you're having a wonderful week,
Melanie :)

Nikki said...

Okay, so when a person has been absent from blogging for a long time, you miss out on so much! Just catching up, and you've already celebrated an anniversary! Congratulations on 13 years!

Kathryn said...

so, so good!