Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Letter to Myself of 9 years ago...

Dear Ruth,
Tonight as you celebrate your birthday and make the final preparations for your wedding tomorrow, here are some things to remember...

-The white runner is meaningless and unnecessary.
-Running across Holland in a frantic frenzy to pick up KFC for the rehearsal dinner is a good time to stop, take a deep breath and be present in the moment.
-Look deep into those blue, blue eyes that caught your attention 1 year ago and remember that no matter what you are in this together joined forever by God!
-Even when "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" is censored by the pastor, still enjoy the moment. :)
-Marriage isn't a journey for your happiness. It's a journey to be more like Jesus. That will mean a lot of things over the next 9 years, but know that very powerful and loving Hands are holding you tight through it all.
-FYI - your first night together is nothing compared to 9 years of learning each other! ;)
-Your convictions are not always a stiff as you think. Some are actually preferences. :)
-Savor the freedom of a childless midnight drift run in December as well as the quiet peace of camping together without 3 towheaded alarm clocks.
-Be ready to embrace the world through the eyes of a talkative 2 year old little girl! Be impressed with every "find" that little boys bring to show you - every bug, snake, and worm.
-You will find yourself shocked at how your heart will feel full to bursting with love for your man as he bends down to play and pretend with those little people.
-Encourage him and remind him how much you are thankful for what he does - not just on silly Hallmark holidays, but every single day of your life together.
-When you're looking for ministry advice, he has more to offer than you think. Following it will save you a buttload of trouble.
-Love and be present in every moment - no matter how loud or inconvenient. It will be gone in the blink of an eye.
-Your children will mirror your issues, but no amount of talking and lecturing will change them. They're looking for an example to follow - good or bad. Give them Jesus.

I know, it's a lot to remember... but the next 9 years will be easier if you do. :)

Now, get back to that rehearsal! Oh... and don't be surprised if your father and his father skip down the aisle during the ceremony. 

Yourself - a bit older and wiser.

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