Laura and I celebrate our tenth anniversary today. Wow, how a decade has flown by!
The last ten years have been such a crazy cool adventure. We’ve learned so much about merging two lives into one–about each other, about life, about parenting, about marriage, and mostly about following God’s lead. We’ve learned a lot of lessons (some that we’re still trying to learn): how to communicate, how to speak your mind, how to argue and fight fairly (we’re still working on this one), how to love each other in the ways that mean the most, how to love each other sacrificially, and how to honor Christ through our marriage.
As we start our second ten years, it’s feeling a lot like the start of the first ten–a lot of excitement, expectation, and wondering about our future. Ten years ago, we were preparing to move to Harrisonburg to plant a new church, which we did nearly two years later. Now, as year eleven begins, we find ourselves exploring the possibility that God is calling us to leave here and go south to NC to extend our network of microchurches. It’s the most exciting and scary thing we’ve considered since, well, moving here. Exploring this new future has definitely improved so many aspects of our marriage. I newly appreciate and love my wife so much for all the sacrifices she made to come here to my old stomping grounds. Now, eight years later, I may be doing the same… and if that’s what God says to do, I’ll do it in a heartbeat.
Babe, thank you so much for loving me so much that you overlook my faults and my quirks (which are many). Thank you for all you’ve done and sacrificed these last ten years. Thank you for being my cheerleader through this church planting experience (especially during the times when I was ready to give up). Thank you even more for being the mom of our two wild and crazy daughters. Thank you for allowing me the chance to win your heart (we both have Bee to thank for that as he wandered aimlessly around Wal-Mart, giving us a chance to talk in the music section). And thank you for saying “I need to go home” two months ago. It has opened us up to a big, risky, faith-testing, faith-strengthening possibility; it has opened even more lines of communication between us; it has allowed our love for each other to grow even more. I can’t wait to start our next ten years (and beyond).
Love ya, Buttercup.