Friday, September 2, 2011
Last week Jeremy and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary. Jeremy took off of work Wed-Fri, so we had a 5 day family staycation. It was perfect. Thanks to Jeremy's parents, Jeremy and I had a good amount of alone time for gym dates, a dinner date, and a trip to the mall. We also did some fun family activities including a trip to the aquarium, a trip to Pinkberry, and a family walk around the park. We tend to be really laid back and low key, and we love it that way. Our favorite things to do include taking walks, getting coffee or Pinkberry, working out together, and just being around each other. We don't need a lot of frills or excitement, just some good ole quality time. This was the best anniversary that we've had yet, and it was the one that we put the least effort into planning, and the one where we spent the least amount of money. We really do delight in the simple things, and I think we get increasingly that way the longer that we've been married.
Our fourth year of marriage was by far our best year yet. We have enjoyed every year, but we both are convinced that our marriage continues to get better and better with age. As time goes on, we get better at communicating with each other, better at serving each other, and better at understanding each other's needs and desires. As time goes on the Lord continues to strengthen our bond and unite us, making us more like Him. As time goes on we realize increasingly more in our hearts (rather than just in our heads) that marriage isn't about us, or about making us happy (although it does bring us joy)... but that it's about displaying Christ's character and covenant to the world.
I'm so thankful for marriage. Thankful for an AMAZING husband, who is a wonderful father. Thankful for the ways in which I experience Christ through our marriage. Thankful for the way marriage refines me, humbles me, and brings me to the foot of the cross, dependent on Christ. Thankful for having the privilege of using our marriage to proclaim His glory, forgiveness, grace, and love to the world. Prayerful that we would stay centered on Him, as individuals, and as a family.
It has been a great 4 years babe! Here's to 50 more...