8 years ago today I said, “I do.” Well, I said a whole lot more than that because Adam insisted that we write our own vows. Adam is such a sap and was so excited to proclaim his love for me. I wanted to as well, but I preferred to just say ‘I do’ after the minister said all he needed to say. But, I reluctantly agreed and started writing my vows. I considered it an awesome experience to get to hear exactly what Adam was vowing to me and I to him. It was not something off the Internet or out of a book, but something truly from the heart. So, I began writing. I remember when I said my vows I was so nervous. I talked so quickly I’m not sure anyone in the congregation probably understood me. But he did…and that’s what matters.
Adam and I had recently talked about how we had no idea where our vows were and we could not exactly remember what we had said. So, as Christmas rolled around I thought he would love it if I could find them. Well, I couldn’t ever find the written form, but broke out the DVD and sentence by sentence, word by word, re-wrote our vows. My brother, who is a graphic designer, graciously offered to design them up for me so that I could print them and frame them.
Adam was so super excited and surprised about them as he opened them Christmas morning. His vows to me, my vows to him, and a song that was sung at our wedding vowing that we would seek God as the center of our marriage and for His help, provision, and direction.
I was excited to hang them in our bedroom in our new house (Please ignore the naked walls!). Just a simple reminder that through the trials of life we are soul mates…helpmates. We’ve faced a lot through the years….many years of medical school, me in grad school, 2 baby boys, losing our baby girl at 17 weeks this past summer, financial stresses, and just everyday stresses of life.
Adam, I thank God for you everyday. I love you more than you will every know. You uphold me when I’m weak and remind me that God is always in control. I love your relentless faith. I’m so glad I get to spend the rest of my life with you!!! I am a very lucky girl!!!