4 years ago today, we stood under a big white tent and shared our vows of commitment to each other. We wrote our own vows and they mean as much to me today as they did back then...
"We've already been through a lot together, and I believe that God has been preparing us for this moment for our future. Jon, I love you so much and there is nothing more comforting and assuring than knowing I am going to be spending the rest of my life by your side. You are a gift from God and every time I look at you I fall in love all over again. You inspire me with your calm spirit and genuine care for others. Just being with you makes me a better me. I want to spend the rest of my life showing you in both word and action the deep love and respect I have for you. You are my best friend and I promise to encourage you in the hard times, laugh with you in the good times, and trust God with you in the times when we are simply unsure. And when life feels like too much, I pray that we will find solace and comfort in the simplicity of each other's embrace. Jon, I promise to be faithful to you and you alone, and may my actions be a testimony to the unending love I have for you. I believe that two are better than one and I pray that we will grow together in one heart and mind. I am so thankful for you and the man that God has made you to be. I vow to treat each morning as a new day to love you, the gift I have been given. This is my promise to you."
"We've already been through a lot together, and I believe that God has been preparing us for this moment for our future. Bonnie, you are so incredibly gorgeous and talented, your humorous personality, your fun laugh and your bright smile draw people to you like I have never seen before. A look from your soft brown eyes can melt my heart to nothing. I find contentment in looking at your beauty. You encourage me, comfort me, make me laugh and affirm me at all the right times. There is no other person I would rather have as a companion. Today I vow to you that I will always love you. I vow that my love will not stop at an emotion, but will extend into the covenant that I make with you today. I will show my love in my attitude, my actions, my heart, and in my character. I promise to follow Phillipians 2:3-4 and to put your needs ahead of mine. I promise to lead with a Christ-like attitude and I promise to not allow unimportant details to overtake the importance of our relationship. I will love you by encouraging you, making quality time for you and by giving you those timely hugs. I vow to treat each morning as a new day to love you, the gift I have been given. This is my promise to you."
Happy Anniversary honey. I love you.