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We were so young. We had our whole lives before us. We couldn't wait to start our new life together!
It was Saturday, May 18th, 1996. The church was filled with our closest family and friends. The service was great. She said, "I do." I said, "I do." And, before we knew it, we heard those words, "Mr. and Mrs!"
We were married. Husband and wife. Our lives were forever changed. We were no longer two young adults living separate lives; we were now one.
That first year was full of adventures, lessons, and fun. We were learning what it looked like to live together, to care for each other, and to honor each other.
That was twenty-five years ago.
As we walked around the property, we were trying to relive some of those moments. While not much had changed, we were a bit taken back of the surroundings, some things were different. The weird thing was, we couldn't remember entering the Inn. Jay couldn't remember the inside decor, mostly because our reception was outside.
What we do remember were the people; the family and friends who shared that day with us. We remember the things that didn't go the way we had planned; the cake not being cooked all the way through, the wedding dress that wasn't the initial wedding dress, the grooms mens jacket that didn't match the rest of the grooms men. Yeah, we have stories.
I don't think either of us would change a single thing. Everything we've experienced has added to who God is shaping us to be. And, taking the time to celebrate in short, memorable ways, is helping to remind us of just how important it is to take the time to care for our marriage. Whether it's the romantic get-aways, or a chance to see the place of our reception as we visit with family, the time together is super important.
And we're not done celebrating. Twenty-five years is a milestone, and one that deserves more that just one fancy dinner or get-away weekend. No, we're going to keep celebrating through the rest of the year.
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