Monday, May 17, 2010

Two Sweet Years

I married my best friend two short years ago today. I cannot believe how fast it has flown by! It feels like yesterday that we were just engaged and planning the whole wedding! And yet, here we are… two years later.

I would love to say it that everyday has been the best, but as most of you know, it has been a stressful two years. Nathan has been through two of the hardest years of school that you can imagine! There has hardly been a moment in two years that Nathan has felt comfortable just relaxing. In the back of his mind, he is constantly thinking of what he should be studying or what schoolwork he should be doing. During these two years, I have been the financial provider of our family. Knowing that all of our financial needs rest on my shoulders has not been very fun for me (especially on a teacher’s salary! Haha!) I have also completely changed career paths and have changed jobs (will be) three times in two and a half years. We have lived in Hernando, Flowood (right outside of Jackson), and are about to move to Memphis. Three places in two years… STRESS!!!

The bright side to all of this is that I got to spend two very stressful years of my life with the best person I know. And I wouldn't change a thing!

I could write a book on reasons why I love my husband, and I still couldn’t express how I truly feel. To start though…

  • He is the most loving person I know. How easy is it to love someone that you know fully and completely loves you back!
  • He is quick to forgive--and I am daily thankful for that.
  • He is slow to anger- most of the time J
  • He does not hold records of alllll my wrongs--Praise the Lord!
  • And he is so very kind--he makes my lunch EVERYDAY before he goes to bed so I will not have to rush and do it in the morning. He takes Bella out 90% of the time. I have never-ever taken the trash out in two years. He still opens my car door. He always packs up the car on the weekends we go home without making me carry a thing. And after a grocery trip- all he asks of me is that I get the door for him while he carries up all the groceries and makes many trips back to the car (he insists on this- even though I am more than willing to help). Most days, he has my snack ready and waiting for me when I walk in the door from work (washed and cut up celery and a small bowl of Ranch). He does the dishes probably more than me. He has listened to me daily complain about hardships at work, and he has been extremely supportive of me this year. I could seriously go on and on and on with all the sweet things he does for me. I will stop here though. J
  • His love is not self-seeking--out of everything he does for me, he never asks for anything in return--which makes me fully enjoy doing things for him!
  • Most importantly, he follows after God’s heart and God’s desires for our family. Before I married, someone (whose opinion I greatly value) told me to marry the man that is the protector of my soul. Without a doubt, Nathan is that man! Every morning, he is on the couch, reading his Bible and praying for me. I know this because I see him and he has shown me a paper with the specific prayers he prays for me everyday. That is just dear to my heart. I have a man who loves me but loves God first and foremost and trusts me to Him.
  • Also, I think he is just adorable! AND… he makes me laugh. He is so so so funny! There is hardly a serious moment in our household! I love the fun he brings to our little family.
  • Last one for today…. He adores Bella. He is so good with her. I know dogs cannot compare to people, but I do get a small glimpse of how wonderful he will be with our kids someday. If he is that crazy over a dog- he will amazing with our real babies J

Even though parts of these two years have been stressful, that is not to say they haven’t been wonderful. Every day I have spent with Nathan has been better than any day I have ever spent without him. I always say, the room is better when he is in it. Always.

Over the past two years, our relationship has become stronger and our faith and trust in the Lord has grown so much. And as stressful as it has been, being with Nathan has just been fun!

Thank you Lord for blessing our marriage and bringing me a life partner perfectly matched for me!

Happy Anniversary Love!!!

I love my wedding pictures... can you tell? :)

This picture is from our weekend trip to a BnB in Natchez for our anniversary


  1. Happy Anniversary!!! What a sweet, sweet post!! Anna, It has been such a blessing to watch you become a wife. You are so encouraging to me, and even though you are younger and more newlywed, you set such a great example to me in how you love your hubby! Nathan, I love how happy you make my sister. And I have adored the past two years with you in the family. I feel so grateful to have you as you a brother-in-law :) I hope yall have a great time celebrating. I love you!!

  2. wow...your anniversary post was WAY better than mine! lol And I really did have something in my eye when I was done reading it--geez...gimme a break. I love you so much, Annie! The past two years have been a blast, and yet there's still so much "married stuff" that we haven't even gotten to experience yet! Looking forward to many, many more anniversaries with you!

  3. Love it! Happy Anniversary! I can't wait to read what you guys write about each other in 10 years, 20 years, 50 years--it will just keep getting better and better! :)

  4. Happy Anniversary! Your wedding photos are gorgeous!

  5. Loved the post, Anna! You guys are so perfect for each other and I love watching you both grow in the Lord and closer to each other. I agree with Sarah--sure will be fun to read those future posts as well! That means you can never stop blogging, haha!
    So glad that you make my brother so happy! You are a blessing to Nathan, our family, and a great sister-in-law!!

  6. I'll just say, I have to hand it to myself. I am world class. Nobody acquires better son-in-laws than I do. Definately in a league by myself. No other Dad comes close, I've got the best.

  7. I left you girls an award over at my blog if you feel like playing along. Have a great day!

  8. Am I the only one who gagged reading this post??? Haha kidding, honestly.

    This is very late..but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! I'm glad my best friend has such an amazing guy. Hurry up & finish school Nathan so Anna & I can spend all your money!