1 year ago today I walked down the aisle and married my best friend. 1 year ago today I put on my beautiful wedding dress, wrote my last letter to Josh before being married and rode that golf cart down to the gazebo ready to marry my handsome man! I remember every detail of our wedding! I remember having the biggest butterflies I’ve ever had in my life once I saw Josh standing at the alter. As my dad and I walked down I couldn’t tell you who was sitting where because I had my eyes on Josh and it stayed like that the whole way down. We even had “A thousand years” playing and I was so excited about that before the wedding but I couldn’t hear it because I was so focused on the man I was about to marry. Once I got up there with him I looked into his eyes and felt so comforted knowing we would always be together. I have never doubted if Josh was the one for me. I have never doubted if we would be married until the day we die. God made Josh and I for one another. We were made to support each other’s dreams, cheer each other on, love each other, raise beautiful kids together, and most of all be on this journey of life that God has set out for us together. We compliment each other in the best ways!
In the first year of marriage you find out what it’s like living with your spouse. Josh and I lived together but separately months before our wedding. Since we had Avery it worked out well because we could both be there for her day and night just not sleeping in the same bed until we were married. And with that arrangement we got to see what it would be like living together when we were married. Josh learned that I need everything to have a place and I learned that his clothes will never find their way into the laundry basket. He is happy working and I am happy being home with Avery and maintaining the house. I was not made to be away from my baby and I’m lucky I have a husband that’s ok with that.
Although we don’t yell at each other, we don’t agree on everything in the world. We admit to each other when we are wrong and NEVER EVER go to bed angry! When we have a disagreement we work it out because nothing we could ever argue about will be more important than our marriage.
I thank God every day for giving me such a funny, smart, talented, sweet, goofy, caring, forgiving and loving husband. I couldn’t have made a more amazing husband even in my dreams! And for those of you who weren’t at our wedding because with the amount of extended family we have we only had family there, here are our personal vows to each other:
Mine: I vow to always choose to love you and all that you are. I promise to love you when it’s easy and when it’s tough. I promise to stick by your side with whatever life throws at us. Every day is better because of you. You make me laugh on my worst days and you show me how wonderful life is. I promise to always make our family’s love and happiness my priority. I promise to respect you, encourage you, and experience every moment of life together. You complete me and make me the person I want to be. I promise to always support you and remind you of who you are. I won’t ever forget that this is a once-in-a-lifetime love and God has created me to be by your side forever. I vow to love every part of you for the rest of our lives.
Josh’s: I promise to always stand by your side. I promise to always care for you. I promise I will always support you in life. Every day is better because of you. I vow to give you my whole heart today and it will be yours forever. I promise to always encourage you to be the best you can be. I will be loyal to you and only you. You complete me and make me the person I want to be. I promise to always respect you. I promise I will never go to bed angry at you. I will forever love you Cassandra Lenore.
And there you have it! Gosh reading those again makes me tear up because I can feel the sincerity in Joshs voice as he said them all over again. I love that Josh and I got married when we did because now we get the chance to be married for so much longer!! 80 years of marriage here we come!