Happy Anniversary to my wonderful Teddy! Truly and honestly, I cannot believe that it has already been three years since we got married. It is true what everyone says, life really does go by fast.
To reflect back on the year since my last anniversary post it would be dishonest to say that the year was perfect. This year, Teddy and I went through some challenges as husband and wife. Challenges that come from stresses in our careers, to emotional ups and downs with Ted’s health. This was the first year since we were married that I truly understood that marriage isn’t always going to be a honeymoon. The incredible thing about this year was that although we were thrown some curve balls, we handled them. We handled them together, with love, communication, support, patience, and the realization that although we are strong individuals, together we’re stronger and can handle whatever life throws us. Waking up to my handsome husband this morning solidified something that I thought I knew, but that I now know first hand. I know that we are going to have tough times in our life together but as long as we have each other we will always be able to handle it.
In keeping with tradition I want to remember and share a few of my favorite parts of our wedding day:
Today is happy and full of celebration. Your marriage will include all different kinds of days – some that are light and some that are dark, some that are exciting and some that are discouraging. Every marriage encounters the full range of human experience. When times are more challenging, always turn towards each other. Work together, grounded in your love for each other and your faith in God, as you find your way through the darker days. Protect your connection to each other with all your heart, and never stop learning the spiritual arts of forgiveness, patience, and compassion.
I, Ted, take you, Lauren, as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not know yet, in all the ways that life may find us.
I, Lauren, take you, Ted, as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquility, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not know yet, in all the ways that life may find us.
“These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes – tears of sorrow and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”
Happy 3rd Anniversary baby. You are my best friend, my support, my happy place. I don’t ever want to know a day of life without you and forever I appreciate the man and husband you are. Your ability to communicate with me and your endless love and support teaches me everyday how to be a better person. Thank you sharing your life with me. I adore you.