Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thankful...a year and a half


Today marks a year and a half of marriage for us. We feel like we've been married for much longer than that though. I guess we've grown up a lot since our wedding day. I am so thankful that the Lord saw fit to bring us together. I was thinking back on when we were "getting to know each other" and dating. It was such a giddy time for me. Jonathan was my first everything. He treated me like a treasure. He pursed my heart with gentlemanlike valor...and he won it.


I cherish those memories of being young and in love. Still, you know what? Today's memories are better. Though our dating years were sweet, the past year and a half has shown me the depth and meaning of sacrificial love. I tear up just thinking about how blessed I am. I have seen my husband's love for Christ and for me in a new way these past few months. He has supported me ever since the Lord led me to quit my job and start something new. He has taken on the full burden of providing for us and given up so much. He has helped me build and given me the tools I needed. All of this has been without a single complaint. I sometimes feel like I've become a burden, but then I see just how much he loves me and my worries melt into nothing in his arms. Marriage is such a beautiful thing.


Still, I won't pretend that we feel lovey-dovey all the time. We are two very different people and those differences get annoying sometimes. We are just a pair of sinful, imperfect souls, but love covers that. It has been a blessing to learn all these things in the past year and a half. I look forward to the rest of my life with my wonderful husband. I look forward to building a home, pouring our lives into ministry, teaching our children to love Jesus and walking together hand in hand on this journey. There isn't anyone else I'd rather be with. I only pray that I can be as much of a blessing to him as he is to me.

"An excellent wife is the crown of her husband." - Proverbs 12:4

When my husband looks back on our marriage I hope he can say that I have been a crown to him. I want to bring him honor and never shame. I want to be of great worth. I want to be a blessing. I'm excited about learning to do just that in the years to come!

I'm more in love with you today than ever babe!





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33 comments:

Jenni Austria Germany said...

such a sweet post. i like that verse.

and i love how blue your eyes are (esp when you're wearing blue!).

Brooke said...

Aw this is so sweet! I love how you do your hair by the way.. I'm thinking tutorial!

It's A Love Story said...

COngrats!!! your pixs are amazing!

Relevant Notes Blog said...

"We are just a pair of sinful, imperfect souls, but love covers that." --This line really stuck out at me; it's beautifully worded. Jotting it down for help & inspiration in my future marriage :)

Petchie said...

Aw happy 1 and a half years! You two make such a cute couple, great pictures!

xoxo
Petchie
http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

Hannah said...

So sweet! Love the colorfulness of the photo of you two.

Leslie said...

Aw congratulations! I wish we could hang out some time haha! I swear we would be such great "real life" friends! It's so neat to hear you speak about marriage so highly :)

kimberly said...

Aw, this is so sweet and true. Your example of a God-honoring marriage is so encouraging to me! :)

Lisa @ MMT said...

What a sweet post! Happy year and a half. May you have many, many more years together :)

Purposely at Home said...

yay! congrats on a year and a half!!

a girl with a smile said...

Jen, I'm inspired by this post. You're def a godly lady/wife to look up!

May God continue to bind you both.

Meredith Sledge said...

You are the most gorgeous person ever. Really. You just radiate in every way. And your husband just looks precious.

Romance In A Glance said...

Such a beautiful and heartfelt post! I love your happiness and love for one another and Christ. Your pictures are stunning. Wish I lived there, LOL!

Mckenzie Jean Lund said...

this was beautiful : )
Congratulations on a year and a half!

Emily Joyce said...

Congratulations on a year and a half! My husband and I are only a month behind you!

Lost&Found said...

This is beautiful. It still amazes me everyday how powerful love can really be.

Gorgeous photos!

gina said...

Beautiful post Jennifer, and lovely pics as usual! What timing with Thanksgiving! Congrats sweet girl!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Happy year and a half anniversary!!! You are a beautiful couple!

Laura Nelson said...

yay for anniversaries :) It's so awesome to see a couple who knows what real love is :)
xoxo

Annie said...

happy eighteen months, Jennifer and Jonathan! i love that picture of your rings - and love that it's right above the opening line of pride and prejudice.

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

Aaawwww big sweet factor. Love the truth with it all and knowing it'll only get better over the years. :)

Heather said...

I LOVE THIS. Praise Jesus for your beautiful marriage!!!

And from another "first everything" girl... it gets even better. Girl, we are so blessed. xo

The Arizona Russums said...

Love this post. Happy 1.5! :)

Erin said...

Lovely pictures! You and the Mr. are the cutest. God is amazing. He knows who we are destined to spend our lives with...and how amazing when we finally find them! :)

meme-and-he said...

beautiful photos, you guys are such a cute couple. Our husband's rings are very similar!

annie said...

happy anniversary! :) God is so good to give us who we need... praise Him for excellent marriages!

Karrie said...

Lovely!
The pictures of you two are just so vibrant and beautiful!
I enjoy reading about your fresh newlywed love and the joy that marriage brings you! Also about the learning experience. I think that's number 1 in marriage, learning how to love even when you bug one another :)

Natalie @ NS Pottery said...

You are such an inspiration! Ah, marriage... can't wait!

mai said...

Beautiful post. I love the vibrant colors in the photographs.

Christina said...

Congrats! Our year and a half will be on Valentine's day :) I love all of your photos and wished we lived closer so we could do a session with you. Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. I'm doing my very first giveaway on my blog :)

http://brandonandchristinabrown.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-very-first-giveaway.html

Erin said...

just found your lovely blog, i'm your newest follower!

xo
erin

come visit me at sweetnessitself.blogspot.com

Alexis Kaye said...

Congratulations! Clint and I just had our half-iversary on Monday! :) It's so special to find someone you love more than life itself! And It's so true. My husband and I are incredibly different, but I'm so glad. It gets irritating, but I think because I love him to much those things annoy me much less coming from him. Wishing you a million more happy years! :)

el.vi. said...

Yay Congrats! You are sure blessed! <3

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