She Said Yes

Fourteen years ago (yesterday), Miska said yes. I giggled my way through most of the ceremony, an annoying (and quite manly, I might add) nervous response. The first few minutes, Miska thought my giggles were endearing. Ten minutes later, not so much.

We had a morning wedding and couldn’t wait to get on the road. Off on our honeymoon. It’s been a long road from there to here. I’ve been surprised by some of the detours and cul-de-sacs. But I’m thankful for every mile, even the hard ones.

Fourteen years later, the moments I most crave are our Fridays together. Just the two of us, thanks to the City of Charlottesville’s generosity (via the public school system)┬áin watching our boys. We walk. We talk. Some Fridays, we grab Naan bread from the local bakery. We may watch a movie or take a nap. The day is a prayer. I love those Friday sabbaths, and I love the evenings on our balcony, after the boys are in bed. Tea in hand, Carter Mountain in full view. Sunlight fades, and love blooms.

There isn’t a person in this world I love more. There isn’t a person on this wide globe I respect more or believe in more. This I’m certain of: if you don’t know her, you are missing out on one of God’s good and beautiful gifts.

Over these years, we’ve had several stretches where love was hard, not easy. We had to say yes again and again. I plan on speaking that simple, powerful word ’til death do us part.

 

5 responses to She Said Yes

  1. love it! thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful!

  3. Congratulations on being courageous enough to "dance in the minefields" , as the song by Andrew Petterson says. The covenant between husband and wife is so powerful and I'm living as a direct product of God's love to me through my wife. We just celebrated 3 years at the beginning of this month. Sometimes it is difficult. We're limited in our resources,words,time,understanding. But we make it because God's perfect love is never lacking.He has taught me to live with grace and to see the beauty of Christs' relationship with the church in the relationship I have with my bride.I pray that you will continue to show me what life looks like at 14,15,20,30+ years in. I appreciate your example.

  4. thanks, all.

  5. Amen. I love your heart for Miska — you both continue to show Lauren and I how to love well.

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