This past Monday was our very first wedding anniversary. It’s weird because in doesn’t seem like a year and in other ways I have a hard time remembering what it was like to not be married to Brandon.
I am so incredibly blessed to have Brandon as my husband. I don’t think I can express in words how much I love him. He makes me feel so loved and cherished even when I am not treating him with the respect that he deserves. I thank God every day for bringing us together and allowing us to love each other like he does. God is so good to allow us as sinners to have such a wonderful thing as marriage.
Brandon surprised me by having the whole day planned. First, he got me a clock to go on the gallery wall that I am working on (more to come on that in a following blog post). Next he wrote me this incredible letter that was so filled with love that I almost cried reading it. Then he had a day filled with many of the places that we had gone to in our dating relationship.
The first stop on the agenda (yes, he made an agenda with time slots) was Niabi Zoo. This place was a special location because it was there on our third date that he asked my permission to hold my hand. Brandon has always been a man whom respected my purity. I know that hand holding might not seem very intimate, but each step of affection leads to the next level of intimacy. I felt very respected that Brandon took care to respect me enough to always ask before he did anything.
Next, we went to the Putnam museum. I don’t think there was anything particularly special about this place, but it was fun. They had a new hands-on science exhibit. So, Brandon and I had fun creating energy with magnets and trying to beat a robot at a maze. Even though many of the things were meant for children, we had a blast and learned a few things at the same time. I think it’s important to just have fun some times.
Then, we went to Eagle Point Park which is where we went on our very first date. We walked around the park and visited the castle that the park is famous for. We climbed to the top and enjoyed the view of the Mississippi river and a few kisses.
Finally, we finished the day by going to Rastrelli’s Italian restaurant. This is the restaurant that we went to on our first date. The only funny thing about our first date was that Brandon put a large grape tomato in his mouth and juice squirted out and almost hit me in the face. I just tried to act like I didn’t notice, so he wouldn’t feel embarrassed.
Brandon is a wonderful husband (I know I say this a lot), but not because he is perfect. He is a human being living in a fallen world that same as me. And yes, sometimes he does or says stupid things, but he is always quick to ask for forgiveness.
This past year has been the happiest and the hardest year of my life thus far. God has taught me so much about patience, compassion, and selflessness. God has also taught us so much about each other and how we relate and respond to things differently and how to live together and glorify Him.
I can’t wait for what this next year of marriage will bring us. And I praise God for being with us through it all.