Love, Juliebug: 19 Years and Counting

19 Years and Counting

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If you had told me when I was fourteen that the cute boy I met at the school bus stop would be my husband someday, I wouldn't have believed you. If you had told me we’d be celebrating our 19th anniversary this year, I would have thought you crazy. Thankfully, he is and we are.

I couldn’t have imagined my life at that point. Couldn’t see all the joy that was coming my way. We started out as two young kids and somehow today I love him more. That thrills and surprises me.

We’ve had our share of ups and downs. Loved ones dying. Infertility. Trips to exotic locations. The birth of our beautiful daughter. Anxiety. Moving many, many times. Job changes. Starting college. While I can’t say it has always been easy, I will say that I am thankful for even the hard times so far.

We are closer now than we have ever been and I know it’s because of those joys and sorrows. Living life together. And though I hate the unknown because I tend to be a control freak at times, I know that our future is bright because God is in control. He gave us this beautiful gift. You might think I’m a sap, and I am. You might think I’m foolish for loving someone so very much, but I do.

This man that I married when we were 20 years old, is a huge blessing to me. He has always worked so hard to take care of our family. His faith has been a shining example for me, despite both of our struggles at times. He knows me. This man knows me well and loves me, sometimes in spite of it. I remember when I was a teenager, I wanted that kind of love so much and yet, I was terrified of it. I’m not afraid now.

Thinking back over so many years I remember our struggle of infertility. It is still a tough subject for me at times, as I’ve wanted to have more than one child for as long as I can remember. But, it all dims when I see him with Abigail. She is our miracle. The answer to our prayers. And, he is a wonderful father. Oh, he wouldn’t tell you so but he is. The playful, fun relationship they have warms my heart.

I say all of this to say this: I am so thankful for these past 19 years. I’m thankful that God brought us together. I’m proud to be his wife.

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