Stu and I celebrated our 6th anniversary on Friday. Our actual “wedding” anniversary is today. The day we were legally married in a courthouse in Ellicott City was the 16th. It’s very confusing. And that part really wasn’t public information until the last few years. Basically, we weren’t going to be in Texas long enough before the wedding to obtain a license and have it signed (you have to wait 3 days in TX-or 2? whatever) and I didn’t want to have to wait until we were back from our honeymoon for things to be legal. So, these 2 Texans took our lunch break the Wednesday before our wedding and got hitched in front of a judge right here in Maryland. Stu went through most of the courthouse ceremony feeling the need to inform everyone that this was not, in fact, a shotgun wedding. The witnesses to this top secret matrimony are friends of our whom we have sadly lost touch with and they took the only pictures in existence of this occasion. We didn’t tell everyone at the wedding festivities a few days later that we were already hitched, because we didn’t want to spoil the fun, but man, did it ever take the pressure off! Ha.
Our wedding and reception took place on The Spirit of Texas, a paddlewheeler that took us on a 3 hour tour of Kemah, TX (right near the Gulf of Mexico). What fond memories we have of that party and the people who celebrated with us!
The newlyweds (in “party” attire-no way I was dancing the night away in that big dress):
And… the end:
Stu, I cherish you more than I did that day. As we’ve said so many times (sometimes in humor, sometimes not, ha): We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Look at us, we were so clueless. I had no idea the good times would be so good, I had no idea that my love for you would change from that butterfly romantic love to this deep love that runs through my veins like a part of me. And we have been through some hard times that we didn’t know would be so hard. I’m overwhelmingly grateful that God persistantly brought us together and I know that it is because of our love for Him that we have been able to love each other so deeply. What an unspeakable joy to be able to share life with you!! Sometimes I joke that it’s like getting to have a slumber party with my best friend all the time, but it still feels like that. And now that we have brought a son into this, well, words can’t describe how blessed I feel. I look forward to filling up this house with children. I look forward to seeing how God wants to use us to help others. I look forward to 6 more years. And 6 after that, and 6 after that. You get it.