What a wonderful man my husband is! Tyler and I have been married for five years today! FIVE! I am so proud to call him my husband, best friend, and father of my children. When Tyler and I first started this journey nine years ago I'll be honest, I don't think either of us thought we would end up here end up where we are now.
We met in high school freshman year and ran in the same circle as each other. At the end of our junior year were pushed together by a mutual friend (thanks Louis) and I am so thankful for that! We continued to date throughout our senior year and the next fall we both started school but at different universities. I went down to Texas to go to Abilene Christian University and Tyler stayed in Virginia and attended George Mason University. We decided to try the long distance and stay together. At one point during that first semester I started to question if Tyler and I were really "meant to be" or not. After a lot of discussion and some hard conversations we ultimately decided that we wanted to make our relationship work. After the first semester, I transferred to George Mason University to be closer to my family and to Tyler.
|Toga party, 2007|
On Valentines Day in 2006 Tyler took me out to breakfast at the Silver Diner and afterward he took me down to Hurkamp Park, in Fredericksburg. While we were there he explained that he wanted me to see something from his past (Silver Diner), something from our past (Hurkamp Park), and that now he wanted to start our future. That was when he dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The funniest part of the whole morning was when he was on one knee there was a cable guy driving by and he rolled down his window and yelled "SAY YES" and I of course said yes (after I stopped crying!)
Fast forward a few years and we had gotten married, graduated from college, and settled down back in Fredericksburg, Virginia. We both started "big kid" jobs and were living the married life. When we were in college we attended Fairfax Community Church and both really enjoyed it but when we moved south we didn't take the time to find a church that we both connect with. Tyler wasn't happy with the church we were attending and at times I had to literally beg him to go with me which I wasn't happy about. I honestly did not understand why he couldn't make it work. I was stubborn and didn't want to change churches because I loved the people there. I prayed and prayed about it and realized that I wasn't allowing God to be the center of Tyler and I's marriage. I kept pushing and pushing Tyler to be the person I thought he was supposed to be rather than allowing God to shape my heart. When I stopped trying to control every thing and allowed God to work in my life and take control our marriage drastically changed for the better. We found a church that we both love and really connect with (Mount Ararat) and Tyler really became the spiritual leader of our family that I had always wanted him to be.
On Tuesday this week, Tyler sent me the following text:
He has been working on reading all the way through the Bible and he just finished it! Wow! What an awesome achievement. He continually amazes me with his love for God and how he is leading our family to be Christ centered.
I am so thankful for the journey that Tyler and I have had thus far and am so happy that we have each other.
I love you Tyler! :) Happy anniversary!