Three years ago today, I stood under a tree on a beautiful, cloudy day and told Josh I'd belong to him forever.
Marriage is so much different than I would have expected. More challenging and deeper than I would have expected. More internal and less external. Before Josh and I got married, our relationship was so easy. We never argued and hardly disagreed. Since the day we got married, all of that has changed. And it wasn't that one or the other changed, we just got to know the real version of each other (and ourselves). Looking back now, our relationship back then seems so surface level compared to our relationship now. Some of our hardest conflicts are a result of the best thing that we could have ever done, and that's becoming vulnerable with each other. Opening up about our thoughts, insecurities, goals, dreams, failures, past, idea of future, all of it. I know, three years seems so trivial when you look at the large spectrum of life, and I don't want to be one of those people who act like they know the ins and outs of making a relationship work when we've barely made a dent in our marriage. But to see how much we've grown and how far we've come in such a short period of time gives me so much hope and excitement for the future. We're far from perfect and still drive each other mad some days, but we are one. I get to choose you, and I want to choose you. Not because it's easy or convenient, not because we're the perfect match, but because you're worth it. You're my person. Happy three years, my darling.
“..I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.” ―Lisa Kleypas
*first photo taken by our talented friend, Colby Moore.