Friday, June 22, 2007

In Sickness and in Health

June 21, 1997.

I, Wendy, take you, Aaron, to be my husband. Relying upon the strength of Christ, I promise before God and all who are present here to be a loving and faithful wife, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. I will love you, serve you, and encourage you according to God's holy Word until death parts us. I pledge you my life.

Best promise I ever made. Even though I didn't really know what I was saying. Does anyone ever? The correct answer to "Are you ready to get married?" is not "Yes" but "Ready as we'll ever be." That's when you're ready: when you know it's a bigger promise than you can live up to on your own but you're humbly, wholeheartedly dedicated to making it work by faith, commitment, learning, and grace.

We've had our share of sickness to go with the health. I started us off by getting food poisoning at the end of our honeymoon and spending a week unable to keep anything down. There is no good place to be that sick, but I can testify that airplane seat narrowly beats out airplane bathroom, airport bathroom, hotel room, and home as Worst Place to Vomit. And no, genius in front of me on the plane, it's not motion sickness since we're not moving yet.

We did pretty well from then until this year's eye surgery and open heart surgery for Aaron. In year ten of our marriage I have driven to appointments, argued insurance coverage, administered eye drops and narcotics, put on a brave face, scrubbed rashes, fluffed pillows, fetched water, and held hands. In year ten I have been scared, nurturing, angry, steady, and exhausted.

In year ten I have loved like never before.

And for ten years, I have been loved like no one deserves.

And that, my friends, is what it's all about.

Thank you, God, for this man I love.

Thank you, Aaron, for sharing it all. I pledge you my life.

6 comments:

Your favorite Pulaski said...

Beautiful! Congrats to both of you. You are two of my favorite people ever and I am proud to call you friends.

Carrie said...

Wendy-

That was a beautiful post. I can't wait to meet Anna next week. I hope I can get lots of pictures and video for you two. I am glad Aaron is getting stronger every day.

Carrie

Chuck and Jenny said...

Wendy, what you said is absolutely true. Did we have any idea whatsoever what we were getting into when we got married?? Um, no. But we'll celebrate our 10 year in December, and it just keeps getting better!

~Hippie~ said...

Crackers.
Some punks beat me to the first post.
Curse you all... in the best way possible, of course.
That was beautiful by the way.
Absolutely amazing.
I was well aware that the both of you loved each other like nothing else...
but that's really makes the power and meaning behind it stand out.
Thanks for letting the rest of us see a piece of that Wendy.

<333 always,
Josh ~Hippie~

Kendra said...

Congrats to you two! How beautiful; thanks for sharing such touching thoughts, Wendy; you made me cry!

Love & blessings,
Kendra

~Hippie~ said...

Oh yea...
And just to rub it in more...
That picture is freaking everywhere now.
Including in my pictures folder.
Nice.

Josh ~Hippie~