Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Walk To Remember

The first week in August is a big week for us.  It marks the 1 year anniversary of our arrival here in the Seattle/Tacoma area.  It marks the 2nd year of life for our sweet firstborn son.  And it marks 5 wonderful years of marriage.

If you knew me in my pre-Peter days you probably were subject to the horrible event of watching me watch A Walk To Remember.  Nicholas Sparks clearly tugs at the heartstrings of anyone and everyone who has ever fallen in love.  But you know who he REALLY gets to?  People who have just broken up with their boyfriend and are clearly never, ever, ever going to love again.

Yeah...I'm not dramatic or anything.

I'll never forget watching this for the first time.  My sister (who had been dating her boyfriend for oh, 7 years at the time) told me what a great movie it was and convinced me to watch it.  I had no idea what it was about.  I got to the end and sobbed for about 2 weeks straight because I was just sure no one would ever love me like Landon loves Jamie.  Seriously.  Weeks.  Buckets of tears.  Ridiculous.

At the time though it did seem rather traumatic.  There is a sense of "it's never going to happen for me" in lots of women and I even know a few men who feel the same way.  You watch your friends, siblings, people you used to babysit...and you do wonder if it will ever be you making that walk down the aisle.

I forced many people to watch this movie with me.  Actually I forced Gina and Rachel to watch it with me innumerable times.  They actually got great pleasure out of this event for 2 reasons.  One--I really did cry like a baby each and every time I watched this movie.  Two--I had the same dorky sweater that the main character gets as a gift.  The worst part?  My recent "ex" had given it to me for Christmas the first year we were dating.  I'm so glad I could be a source of entertainment for my friends.

Back to the real reason for this post.

For a few years whenever I would pray about finding a spouse God's answer was always "Please Wait".  I even printed out signs that said that and hung them up on my refrigerator and at my desk at work.  I needed a constant reminder that the Lord was asking me to wait.

When I went on my first day with Peter it was extremely clear to me that God had answered my prayers.  And now five years later I am so thankful for my partner in life.  We've faced unexpected challenges, moved from one coast to the other and supported one another during illnesses and deaths of family members.  We've grown, fought, made up, spent way too much time apart and eaten out way too much.

Our life together has been a walk to remember.  It is rich and full and my love for my dear husband grows deeper and stronger with each passing day.  I can't wait to see what the next 5 years have in store!


Rachel Riley said...

Is it sad that this brought tears to my eyes? I'll say that's on account of these baby hormones ;)

Happy upcoming anniversary to you and your sweet husband. You two have such a special love and are such an encouragement to others.

P.S. James refuses to watch this movie because then he will get paranoid and associate it with me getting some illness and says that Sparks is an awful man haha.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Happy Anniversary and I am with you, I cry every time with that movie! Here's to the next 50 years!

Amanda Thomasson said...

Aww, sweet post! Love you guys!

ilene said...

This is such a sweet post - what a beautiful love letter to your family!

Christine said...

What a sweet post! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

AudreyN said...

Happy Anniversary! I live near Seattle, how do you guys like it?

Julie said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope you don't mind I might stop by more!

Stopping by from Shell's PYHO :)

Adrienne said...

Happy anniversary! Marriage is a journey, that's for sure!

And I love that movie. :)

Shell said...

So very sweet! Happy anniversary!

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