Thursday, July 1, 2010

10 years ago...

Some called us crazy. Others said it wouldn't last. (Wait, does this sound like a song?) Yes, it's true. Ten years ago today I, a 19 year old bride, said I do to the most wonderful (23 year old) man in the world. Were we crazy? Probably. 19 doesn't look nearly as old as it did back then. But here we are a decade later, and I have absolutely no doubt we're in this thing till the end.

Our wedding day,
July 1, 2000

Our life together has definitely taken some twists and turns, some planned and others unexpected. I've heard it said that if you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans for the future. Well, I'm sure He's had a great big chuckle over me. I always thought we would have moved somewhere more exotic, that we'd have uber-cool careers, and be world travelers. I guess we're 1 for 3. We've definitely done our share of traveling, though not all of it has been recreational based. We still live in the same zip code I grew up in, and as for uber cool careers? I guess it's up to how you define cool. Ten years ago I would have said that for me it involves wearing a suit, working in a high rise building, and being so important you'd get called anytime, day or night.

My college graduation,
May 2004

You know what I learned? My mistake was thinking that this life was all about us. Because it's not. God has much more planned for us, and it's really only just beginning. And that is what I treasure most in my husband. Although he only came to believe in Christ a little over ten years ago, he is one of the most devoted and serious Christians I know. And I'm sure he would be embarrassed to read this and would even argue why that isn't true, but that's really all part of his humble spirit. He is the spiritual leader of our house (a job that I wouldn't want to try to fill), and I know that I am truly blessed with this man. It doesn't hurt either that he's handsome, makes me laugh, loves me and our daughter to pieces and would walk though fire for us.

Paris, May 2005
Five Year Anniversary European Tour

Sedona, AZ, June 2008
Navajo Mission Trip

I love you Travis. You are an amazing husband and partner in this life. God has richly blessed you and your ministry, and I'm excited to see where He takes us next. Thank you for an awesome first 10 years; I wouldn't trade one single minute.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
August 17, 2009


Annie said...

Your post and reflections are beautiful Sarah... congratulations on your 10 years!

Julia said...

Great post. You need to post some pics with the bridesmaids. I want to see how I looked. I LOVE the pictures you posted on here :)

Julia said...

LOVE THIS. I need to see pics of the bridesmaids :) I mentioned my TINY anniversary in my blog post yesterday :)

Anne said...

Haha. I can't believe you spared me the wedding pics after you teased them yesterday on the phone. I was ready to see some 18-year-old hissy fit best friend getting married Goodbye Earl singing Maid of Honor pics! I did give a good toast, though.

IUgirl78 said...

Happy 10th Anniversary, Sarah and Travis! This was such a great post, Sarah. You included two of my favorite pics of you guys: the one of the two of you in Sedona and the one with you guys holding Mia. You guys have to be one of the cutest, most spiritual couples I know!! Congrats again!

Pigtail Momma said...

Congratulations, Sarah and Travis! This beautiful post made me teary-eyed. I do agree that telling God what our plans are makes him laugh! I think we all have hopes and dreams of what our lives will become, but God knows what's best (and that is why they rarely turn out exactly like we think they will, right?). I don't know Travis, but I would have never guessed that he just found Christ a decade ago. It really speaks to the work God has done in his life! You are a beautiful couple and family. Congratulations!!