This post is part of the Happy Wives Club Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with hundreds of inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!
It hardly seems like seven years ago today I was nervously waiting outside of First Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, waiting for the wedding coordinator to show up and let me in. Only a few short hours stood between us saying, “I do” and then whisking ourselves away to Maui and onwards towards this adventure called life. This adventure called marriage. It hardly seems like seven years ago today I was letting Ashley fix my hair, Sarah apply my makeup, and watching Lauren do some kind of crazy dance in the bridal suite. (Lauren, do you remember what you were doing now? I just remember laughing til I cried…)
It hardly seems like seven years ago I had the chance to watch all of my beautiful bridesmaids – Salah, Sarah, Chrissy, Lauren, Kristin, Kelsey – come together and laugh and primp together. It hardly seems like yesterday that I, for probably the first time ever, forgot to eat anything all day…until the reception anyway. It hardly seems like seven years ago today I actually fit into that wedding dress 🙂 It hardly seems like seven years ago today we stood in a room full of our friends and family and they all forgot to sit down after I walked down the aisle (true story, and we were too in the moment to notice)!
It hardly seems like seven years ago today I embarked on truly the most incredibly life-giving and God-honoring things I’ve ever done: I married Nate Disarro. I knew he was the one shortly after we started dating, and a little over two years after that first date (October 7, 2004 – we ate at Joe’s Crab Shack and went to Paradigm Bible Study afterwards) we tied the knot. Nate, for someone who loves words like myself I truly cannot find the ones to say that would ever express how much I love you. You have changed me, you have changed my heart, and you have changed my way of thinking – all for the better. You have shown me compassion and grace, true love and comfort, laughter that I’ve never known before, and you have made me a better woman through and through. Building this family and this life with you is the single greatest thing IN my life, next to Jesus, and I would never want it any other way.
I love you.
Coincidence (hey, that’s J-oincidence with a ‘C’ – name that show!) or not, today on our seven year anniversary I’m also linking up with hundreds of other women in anticipation of the book launch for The Happy Wives Club. Believe it y’all – happy marriages are alive and well, and this book is an inspiring look at just that. Women, all over the world, have contributed their stories to this amazing book that centers around the journey to find the secrets to a happy marriage.
I read the book in about a day because I couldn’t put it down. I felt encouraged beyond belief by Fawn’s spirit to find out what makes great couples work so well together, but even more I felt encouraged that our marriage is exactly as it should be. It’s hard and imperfect and frustrating sometimes (mainly because of me to be honest) but 98.7% of the time it’s fun. It’s beautiful. It’s a light. And I left the book feeling ever more in love with Nate than before, and with a desire to travel around the world. Together, of course 🙂
If you haven’t checked out The Happy Wives Club before, I highly suggest going there now. And the details of the next book you should read are below this silly, although much more accurate, photo of me and my love 🙂
Fawn Weaver, the founder of the Happy Wives Club wrote a book about the best marriage secrets the world has to offer. They say the book is like “Eat, Pray, Love meets The 5 Love Languages” and I couldn’t agree more. You can grab a copy HERE.