I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee.
2Kings 20:5

Friday, January 7, 2011

12 Years

It really has been an easy 12 years . . .except for all the hard times :) As I reflect back on my life 12 years exactly to January 7th at 11:15pm, I know I was about as awake as I am now. I don't remember getting much sleep at all from the excitement and anticipation of my wedding day! I was 19 yrs old, not quite 20. I had a few people who thought I was too young to marry. They thought perhaps I needed to "explore my life" more. However, of all the things I have done and all the decisions I have made in my lifetime getting married to Bryan was my best one.

Our life together has been many things but ordinary and boring are far from how I would describe it. I know I blog about how much I love my husband so I don't want to repeat myself again. But for the record, I love my husband more than anything in this world. . .more than myself. I used to write in my journal almost every night for a lot of years. (blogging has kinda taken over that role) But as I go back and read them I spent one year ending my journal entries with a reason I loved Bryan. I kept track and numbered each one. It's fun to go back and read those. Some of them were BIG reasons and some were small, but each one made up all the great qualities that make me fall in love with him over and over again every day.

12 years is how many years I spent total in school. Those 12 years seemed like an eternity. Crazy how 12 years with Bryan seems like it went by so fast. I must have not enjoyed school very much! Anyone reading my blog tomorrow will probably get sick of reading about why I love Bryan, cuz I might dig that journal out and list all the reasons.

A quote from one of my all time favorite movies (and soundtrack)
"Above all things I believe in love. Love is like oxygen. Love is a many-splendored thing, love lifts us up where we belong, all you need is love."
Moulin Rouge quote

Just a funny picture I did using Photoshop. . .our family. . .notice Bella in the background?

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