Photo cred: Peter Thomsen Photography.
Photo cred: Peter Thomsen Photography.

We made it.  Another three years under our belt.

As I type that out, I think to myself, it’s only been three years?  But a million memories later, clutching the hope of seconds and minutes and hours and days to come, I celebrate three years of marriage with the best man I know.

There’s no one else I’d rather be tired with in life than you, Love!  

I love the text we got from our friend, Juvy, this morning: “Happy anniversary, you two love birds.  It was just like yesterday when me and Cara were on our way to Mexico for a missions’ trip and she FIRST referred to you as her boyfriend – and turned bright red when she realized it…”

Ain’t that the truth.

The HBH and I had only been dating for a month or or so at that point; I was just beginning to accept the fact that he liked me – this Hot Black Man actually thought I was the bee’s knee’s – and that he didn’t have a hopper full of ladies he was seeing in those rare moments we weren’t spending every waking moment together.  

And that trip – away from him, away from life on the Peninsula, away from friends and family and technology and the daily, delight-filled grind of ministry, showed me how much my heart was in.  

But I was so scared of love, so fearful of loving and not being loved in return – of a rejection of the heart – that I kept him at arm’s length for as long as was humanly possible (which, according to Juvy’s reminder text this morning, was a grand total of about five weeks).

I sure am glad I took the risk.

So, cheers: here’s to love and to loving and to being loved in return.  

May you love well whomever is in your path today: your spouse, your child, your parent; your friend, your co-worker, the stranger you walk past on the street.

And may fear – fear of the unknown, fear of rejection, fear of loss of control, fear of what others think of you – not stand in the way of the path that the Beloved has already laid out for you.

xo, c.

What about you?  What do you celebrate today? 

8 thoughts on “3.

  1. Cheers indeed, darling. So thrilled that you are running the marathon of marriage and life together! Couldn’t be more thrilled. Much love to Team Meredith from Team Haidle!

  2. Gah, I am so glad I came across this post. Found your blog a while back through Prodigal and I am so glad to have stumbled on it once more. This comes at a perfect time, thank you. The Lord is good.

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