"Marriage is intended to bring joy. The married life is meant to be the happiest, fullest, purest, richest life. It is God's own ideal of completeness."
Six years ago today, at exactly this time, I married my Ryan.
It makes me smile that same giddy smile six years later just thinking about it.
In six years we have already made a lifetime's worth of memories. Some of them rapturous, many of them ordinary, and a few of them heartbreaking.
We moved into our first apartment after we got married and for months felt like we were kids playing house. Truth is, we still feel that way.
We held hands as we marched at our college graduation, getting to walk across the platform one after the other because our last name was the same!
We bought our first house. Painted our first wall that really belonged to us. Unclogged our first toilet. Mowed our first lawn. We made it our home.
We have welcomed a son and buried a daughter. Loved each other through the stomach flu and poison ivy, bad haircuts and worse hair colors. We've been through 1 apartment, 3 homes, 5 cars and 1 motorcycle (and subsequently, one ambulance ride). We've eaten ramen some months and high off the hog others.
We've lived life.
And, just as we held each other's hands with giddy anticipation as we said our vows, and as we marched proudly hand in hand at our college graduation, and again as we stood in the paint aisle after we bought our first home, and we clung tightly to one another watching the screen during happy ultrasounds and sad ones, we are still hand in hand six years later - not because we have any idea of what is to come, but because we know who (and Who!) will be right there with us when it does.
It's true, a sixth anniversary isn't divisible by five or remarkable for any particular reason. But, it is the anniversary of the day our life together began - the day that makes all these days after it so incredibly remarkable!
Happy anniversary, baby!
"The wedding day is one that should ever be remembered and held sacred among life's anniversaries. It is the day whose benediction should fall on all other days to the end of life. It should stand out in the calendar bright with all the brightness of love and gratitude. The memory of the wedding-hour in a happy married life should shine like a star, even in old age."