On this day in history, in 2004, Dave and I had been married for one day. I was coming down with strep, and we were surrounded by our wedding presents from the day before. Today, six years later, I am recovering from bronchitis and we are surrounded by laundry. But on both days we were/are sitting by our Christmas tree:
Our current Christmas tree stands 7.5' tall. It is not pre-lit, and I wrestled with the three strands of lights I put on it for quite a while yesterday afternoon-- after Dave had to make an emergency trip to buy more lights. I tripped over cats and baby toys and had to keep reminding the two-year-old that Christmas trees are for looking at and not touching. But later in the evening, after both children were finally in bed, we popped in old Bing and decorated our tree together. Earlier in the evening we watched the video of our wedding ceremony during which I realized three things: 1. Our pastor was long-winded in prayer. 2. I was gorgeous back then. And 3. My love for Dave was overflowing, just as it is now.
We had another Christmas tree in between that first one and our current:
Perhaps this was a remarkable turning point for us. It was here that we both knew our priorities would always include relationships at the top. We knew that time truly beat out money and that happiness could be found by instilling love and energy into friends, family and most importantly, each other.
Guess what? We are still painfully poor, but we are remarkably happy and love radiates from this house. It is seen in the smiles of my children, the hugs between Dave and his girls, and the late evenings talking with my husband. It is evident in the toys strewn about, the crayon marks on the cupboards, and a dinner table covered in crumbs. Our animals are content and our door is always open to welcome anyone in. I love this life, and I love my husband for deciding to head with me on this journey.
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