It’s hard to believe that one year of marriage has flown by so quickly. Timehop has been helping me relive my wedding planning process and preparation by reminding me of tweets, Facebook posts, and Foursquare check-ins I made exactly a year ago each day.
One year ago today, I woke up super early (maybe it was around 4 something) just because I couldn’t sleep anymore. The night before I tried sleeping earlier because we had an early wake up call for hair and makeup. I spent my last night as a single woman in my old room at my parents’ house. As I lay in bed, I cried. I wasn’t sad–I was excited and nervous–but I think it hit me that I was actually leaving my family (though not geographically) and beginning my own new family with Gerald. It made me miss the provision and care of my parents even though I’d already been living on my own for the past year. I guess the magnitude of what it means to leave your family and cleave to your spouse really hit home. Marriage is definitely a milestone and life-changing event in one’s life.
Thankfully, Gerald and I are blessed to live near both of our parents. They’ve been so supportive of us during this first year of marriage and we’re very grateful to them all. This year hasn’t been easy. It was full of its challenges, but also full of joys. I love doing life together with my husband and building a life together. We’ve had big career changes and adjustments this year (for both of us), looking at the possibility of purchasing a home (I still need to write a blog post on this journey), new fellowship groups and changing friendships. We’re still learning how to be the best husband and wife to each other and hopefully with each passing anniversary, our marriage looks a little more like Christ.
July 30 last year was one of the most wonderful days of my life. Everything was practically perfect and I love reliving the moments through the beautiful pictures our photographer took. As wonderful as our wedding day was, it was only the beginning. I’m looking forward to many more enjoyable days and years to come. 🙂
As a side note, we don’t always take tropical beach vacations. I just happen to like the pictures we have together in those locations. Maybe a goal for year two of marriage is to take more photos together. 🙂