It struck me tonight that this amazing journey God has brought me on began in large part 10 years ago. Ari and I went to the movies tonight and found ourselves in Alpharetta. On the way we passed through a very familiar intersection (Kimball Bridge Rd & Northpoint Parkway)…half a mile to the right lay his old apartment, where he lived when our courtship began. This Summer, 10 years ago, he had just moved in, and we had only been dating a month or so. I remember visiting his new place and being amazed by how well put together it was, considering it was a bachelor pad. (Ari’s knack for a well-designed home is evident even today…I don’t even get to have much say in how the house looks! ;)) I was at this apartment and hung out quite a bit, and it was here that our relationship blossomed, and at times was put to the greatest tests. Neither of us had been in a serious relationship before…and there is nothing like giving your heart to someone to expose all the ugliness inside, that you never even knew existed. There were many wonderful times…studying as he graded papers…laughing over silly shows…attempting to cook (like the time we used canned chicken to recreate Chinese stir-fry – ugh!!)…and scores of late night conversations trying to understand each other, admit our faults, and seeking God’s wisdom and heart to nurture the bond between two very broken people.
I knew from the start he was a keeper 🙂 But I couldn’t have imagined where we would be today. (With 3 kids to boot!) Ten years ago, there was the thrill of new love…a fluttery feeling with each glance or touch, the excitement to learn all about this amazing new person, counting down the minutes till we saw each other again. While that romance is still there, I’m so thankful that our relationship has evolved into a sacred commitment to love each other, serve one another, and love and honor God above all else. Because without God’s hand, as the puppy love faded, our faults and sins would have overwhelmed any good intentions or good will.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5
First Anniversary, Lake Tahoe
New York City, 2008
2009 – pretend these are two babies instead of just one 🙂
2010, St. Simons Island