18 years ago, I was a child bride.
My dad (bless his heart) walked me, a mere 18-year-old girl, down the aisle toward the man who had captured my heart from afar.
Yeah, we, uh, met on the Internet.
A Christian teen chatroom, to be specific. (he wasn’t a teen anymore. Not sure why he was there…)
He was in North Carolina.
Me? I lived in Northern Minnesota.
It was crazy. INSANE really. As my own daughter gets ready to turn 17 next year, I can’t even fathom her announcing to me that she wants to marry some dude she’s only met twice and who lives halfway across the US.
Like, seriously. I can’t even!
But we were crazy in love.
We were both aware that we had a lot of growing up still to do. We’d just decided that growing up together would be super amazing.
And as much as I’m ready to lock my child in the closet if she even thinks about pulling a similar stunt, I look back over the last 18 years and see very clearly that we have done just that.
There have been lows, for sure. Every marriage has them.
But from the get-go, we determined to ride those out together. So when money was tight and we weren’t sure how to pay the mortgage that month, we walked through it together in trust. When a car broke down and we weren’t sure how we were going to get to work the next day, we walked through it together. When my husband announced that he wanted to move to a strange city and go back to school, I gulped and gave up all the security of the familiar and supported him 100% (okay, maybe more like 98%… but I tried really hard!) And two years later when I told my husband, who had finished school, that I wanted to move closer to family, he gulped and said let’s go–together. When doctors told us our second baby had died in the womb, we held to each other and wept–together. And when other doctors told us our fifth baby would be born with a broken heart and might die, we held each other yet again and wept–then walked through a few very difficult years as we fought for our child’s life–together.
Are you seeing a theme?
Together. We’ve always faced life’s celebrations and challenges the same way: Side-by-side, hand in hand.
But most importantly, we faced them together with Jesus, trusting in Him every step of the way, even when we stumbled and fell flat on our faces. (We did that together too!!)
So today, in honor of all things romance and love and flowers and kisses and marriage and hugs and anniversaries and LOVE, I just wanted to say to my hubby via this blog (cause it IS all about romance, right?!?):
I love you, Jason Scott Phillips. Thank you so much for walking this journey with me. It’s been a wild ride, baby, but I can’t wait to see what the next 18 years will bring us!! (Uh, we’ll probably be GRANDPARENTS by then… how weird is THAT!?!)
Let’s chat: What are some things you’ve done TOGETHER with you and your significant other? OR — What are some sweet things you’ve seen a couple in a book do together that totally pulled on your heartstrings?