Two years ago today, we were heading off to Kemper Lakes Golf Club to celebrate our marriage. So much has happened in that short amount of time. This second year of marriage was by far the most challenging so far (even though I know we don’t have much to compare it to, but it was hard for various reasons). Not only did we go through more major life changes (buying a house, getting a dog, getting pregnant, etc.), but we had some unexpected things come up that we had to deal with and begin to heal from. That’s a process in itself, but I believe we’re headed in the right direction.
If I could choose one word to mark this year of marriage, it would be grace.
We had to learn to give more grace to one another and we were reminded of and experienced God’s grace more deeply. Grace is a hard thing to give. You don’t want to give it because of the circumstances, but you know it’s what Christ calls us to if we’re to follow His example. That’s what makes grace and forgiveness so powerful. They’re both so undeserved.
So my prayer for this third year of marriage is that we will continue to grow in grace and forgiveness in our love for one another. I’m sure we’ll need it in many doses when Baby Stroud comes along later this year, but we’ll also need it as we continue to heal from the past. We’re grateful for the love and support of those who witnessed our marriage two years ago. We still covet your prayers as we journey in this life together and I’m looking forward to seeing how God will work in each of us individually and as a couple in the years to come.
So, happy anniversary, Gerald! I am blessed to be able to do life by your side. If we could get through this tough and stressful year together, we can get through anything! I love you!