Tuesday, May 3, 2011

You're Still The One


It's been 3 years since I walked down the aisle and vowed to love Sam for the rest of my life.  Three years since I stood before God Almighty and promised to love him, cherish him, honor him, and care for him all the days of my life.  It has been 3 years full of change, joy, frustration, LAUGHter, arguments, make-ups, growth, forgiveness, love, vulnerability, and friendship.  

As I wrote last year, Sam is a man of integrity.  A man who loves the Lord.  A man who loves his family.  A man who, when passionate about something, works harder than any person I know to achieve/conquer it.  I could go on and on sharing the good things about my husband.  Yes, like everyone, we have our challenging times and no, he is not perfect, but he is the perfect man for me.  

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, 
but through being the right mate.  
~Barnett R. Brickner

Of all the great things about my husband, I truly appreciate his willingness to change.  His willingness to address underlying issues that may be causing difficulty in our marriage.  His acknowledgment that, as individuals, we will change over the years, but we must work to remain united.  Being the right mate, often times, does not come naturally, but requires sacrifice, compromise, communication, work......  

I have shared THIS before, but I believe Andrew Peterson's song, Dancing In The Minefield's is as true a representation of marriage that can be achieved through song.  

We went dancing in the minefields
We went sailing in the storm
And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that's what the promise is for

"I do" are the two most famous last words
The beginning of the end
But to lose your life for another I've heard
Is a good place to begin 


'Cause the only way to find your life
Is to lay your own life down
And I believe it's an easy price

For the life that we have found 


Samuel, I am glad I am Dancing in the Minefield's with you.  You are a wonderful man.  I am glad I am losing my life with you, in good times and bad......I love you!!!

32 comments:

Heidi said...

congratulations! :)

LivingFree said...

Congrats on 3 years. My husband and I will be celebrating 17 years next month! Dancing in the minefields really sums it up well. Enjoyed reading your thoughts. Such a cute photo.

Stephanie Thigpen said...

Is it so crazy that I JUST saved a post as draft with the exact same video and talking about how great my husband is? We are now twins. :D

Kay K said...

Amber,
Congratulations !!!
I look at the pictures of you and Sam, I can see the love in each of your eyes ...A Godly man and woman how blessed you both are !

Ashley Sisk said...

Happy Anniversary - I'm loving this song. Thanks so much for sharing!

deb duty said...

This is a wonderful photo of you and your husband!

Allison Hoffman said...

beautiful photo - congrats on your anniversary!! thanks so much for sharing!! I love the song - i needed to hear this song. Hubby and I are walking through a mine field right now. I grew up in such a sheltered home I had no idea these mine fields existed, much less how to walk through them :) I needed to be reminded of God's promises in the storms, and to give Him my fear :)

Lora said...

BEAUTIFUL. Love the song. LOVE: "I am glad I am losing my life with you,"
Amen!
May your marriage be blessed again this year and may God show favor to you and your husband in your obedience and love for Him.
Happy Anniversary, Amber.
Precious.

Jessica said...

Awww, very cute photo! Hope you have years and years and years of happiness!!!

- Jessi - said...

Happy Anniversary! Love your photo, so sweet :)

Mandy said...

Happy anniversary to you two!!! He sounds like a wonderful man! :)

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Happy Anniversary! That photo is stunning! I love this song. My husband and I got married young... next month will be 13 years! We are still dancing in the minefield's. Stopping by from communal global today. Love your blog... my first time here! :)

Mom of M&Ms said...

congrats!

Sue said...

A very happy anniversary to both of you!

=)

Jennifer Bowen said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

dana said...

I´m glad I found your blog through communal global! I love love love you expression here for your husband. I know how hard a marriage can be, but I also know how much it is worth!! And thanks for sharing the song. I have never heard it before.
greetings from Sweden,
dana@ stuckintheclouds.com

Janell said...

Happy anniversary! Beautiful picture.

Ray said...

Happy anniversary!
Beautiful photo! Thanks for linking up!

Dixie Mom said...

What an awesome tribute to your anniversary and marriage. Great picture too!

karren said...

I realloy like your photo...and I voted for your photo in the contest...looks like you are winning! I like the words to this song and the analogy of the mine fields. We have just celebrated 45years in the trenches. LOL!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

How funny- we all seem to be on the same page today. My post today & several others I have read all are along these same lines. Must be hubby appreciation time :) Beautifully written & that shot is fantastic!

Keetha Broyles said...

Lovely post. Marriage does take continued attention to keep it good.

We're just a few short 33 years ahead of you - - - -

Kari said...

Beautiful post! Love the song too!

My Life said...

Congrats!!! It seems you have found the one that completes you, its a beautiful love story!

Shannan said...

Happy Anniversary! Love the Photo!

Michelle said...

Awe!! Happy Anniversary!!

This is so sweet! Love it when I hear/read women bragging and loving on their hubbies!

Beautiful shot, and beautiful words. And thanks for sharing that song... I've heard it once before but lost it... glad to have found it again!

Courtney said...

I just love this photo! The lighting and the conversion! Happy Anniversary!! Congrats!!

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

and many, many more

Kindra said...

Beautiful post friend. Marriage is not for the weak, but I haven't found anything else that God uses more to change us into more of who He desires we be. And I LOVE that song - we sing it most nights these days.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Hope y'all had a wonderful celebration! LOVE that photo.

katy said...

Happy Anniversary! Great photo, Amber!

Amanda said...

Oh girl, it makes me so happy to see you happy and in love! I was honored to be in your wedding. It is a true gift from God to watch him answer our prayers over the years!