Two years ago today on a hot summer Sunday in Athens, GA, I got dressed up in a chocolate colored tuxedo and stood in front of a couple hundred of my closest friends and said “I do” to my wonderful wife Aubrey.
Looking back on that day it was quite a blur. I was trying so hard to take it all in and remember every detail, but it just flew by and was over before I knew it. I remember the ceremony, I remember the pictures (and the humidity) and I remember a few conversations at the reception. But I remember this above all, that it was wonderful. If I said it was beautiful, magical, breathtaking, emotional, and exciting, I’d be telling the truth; but then again everyone must say that about their wedding so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
It’s hard to believe that was two years ago. Truthfully, it feels like it’s been much longer than that. Not in an exhausted way, but I’m surprised that it hasn’t been longer. It seems like Aubrey and I have known each other our whole lives, and it’s hard to think about life without her. In a way, my life didn’t really start until that day two years ago.
Marriage is like going to college. It’s full of excitement, changes, challenges, and lots of growing up. It is hard work that is very rewarding and worth the effort. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. But there is always more to learn, and (unfortunately) you never get your diploma and become an expert!
What amazes me still is the level of unconditional love and safety that marriage brings. Regardless of my faults and shortcomings, I’m loved by my wife completely. Our commitment to each other allows us to be honest even when it hurts. It is the true meaning of love, something that I never really understood until two years ago. I have no doubt that God designed marriage to teach us about Himself and to grow us up to maturity in Christ.
I am so thankful for you, Aubrey, and I love you more today than that day two years ago when it all began. Thanks for being my closest friend, my biggest fan, and my encouraging companion on this journey of life. I’m ecstatic about many more years with you, and all that God has for us!