Today is our 4 year anniversary, and I can honestly attest to what other longstanding couples have said about what happens as the years go by in a marriage that was committed to God from the very beginning - it only gets better. I'll never forget that first day. Every time I look back I remember how beautiful Anna was, how my heart started beating so fast when I saw her face through the small window at the back of the church just before the doors opened and her father walked her down that aisle to meet me. I will never forget how he gave me more than a simple statement of permission or blessing. He gave me a challenge to lead and to love.
Since then, I've had days of frustration and triumph in doing my best to live up to that challenge and my commitment. Four years have gone by so fast and so many friends have come and gone. I keep learning, almost daily, how blessed I am to be married to Anna. She teaches me how to be a better man and how to be a more thoughtful, generous person. She encourages me to be confident and bold with the gifts God's given me. She reminds me of the promises I've made and the promises God has made to us. She shows me with her life that the most important thing you can ever do is invest in other people and love them sacrificially.
We're stronger than ever and more excited about the future together than we've been in a long time. We're learning how to dream together and make decisions together. God has bigger things for us than we can ever imagine.
Anna, thank you for saying yes to me. Thank you for your constant optimism and faith. Thank you for holding me to a higher standard than I often have for myself. Thank you for working so hard and pouring out so much of yourself for me and for others, even when you feel like you've got nothing left. Thank you for keeping your promises. Thank you for never settling for mediocrity or the mundane. Four years doesn't seem like such a long time, knowing this is still just the beginning. It will only get better. I love you so much. Happy Anniversary.