Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
When I first sat down to write this blog post, I was at a lost for words. I still don’t know how to fully articulate how much my husband Philip means to me. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and thankful for the marriage and partnership that I’ve been blessed with. Tomorrow I will celebrate five years of marriage. Seriously, where did the time go?! In five years we’ve purchased two homes, started a new career, lost one of our parents, had a baby and SO much more. When I look back at how much we’ve accomplished together and all that we’ve endured as a team, all I can say is, LOOK AT GOD!
Philip has watched me grow from a fifteen-year-old young lady, to a college graduate, business owner, wife and mother. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t be the woman that I am or the woman that I’m destined to be without him by my side. Not many people can say that their very best friend is their spouse. We are genuinely friends first. He is the ONLY person I know that can put up with my hectic schedule, uptight attitude (sometimes), corny jokes, group of girlfriends, crazy family members and our little diva.
Philip has watched me balance being a mom, daughter, business owner, sister, friend and wife, all while caring for my sick mother. In fact, my mother made a point to tell Philip she was sick before she even told me. At first I didn’t understand her reasoning but I now know why she made her decision. My mommy knew that Phil would be there to wipe away my tears, cheer me on, pray with me and love me for me, just as she did. She passed the baton on to him.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him. (Genesis 2:18)
What I Know For Sure:
With five years of marriage under my belt, here’s what I know for sure:
- Marriage is hard. Very, very hard…but, IT’S SO WORTH IT!! Some of us don’t get the luxury of having a positive example of a perfect marriage as our guide. The reality is, no one’s marriage is perfect.
- I do know that our perfect God created Philip just for me.
- Marriage is a partnership. In order to grow and to work towards individual and joint goals, it takes the support of your partner. The growth we’ve experienced over the last five years is due to us cheering each other on and lifting each other up.
- People change (and that is not always a bad thing). Circumstances, responsibilities and a child have made us the partners we are today. We are not the same people, nor do we have the same relationship or bond we had on August 31, 2008 and that is a great thing!
- My prayer for the next five years and beyond is that we continue to grow spiritually and continue to focus on what matters most.
To our family and friends: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to support our union.
To my husband, my best friend, my everything, THANK YOU! Thank you for being the epitome of a husband and a father.You are: A man that loves our daughter, Payton unconditionally and treats her like she is the most beautiful and smartest girl in the world. A man that has no problem playing dress-up and tea party on a regular basis. A man that spends his evenings working with our daughter on her numbers and reading skills. A man that throws a snack party every Wednesday to celebrate our daughter’s good behavior. A man that is an amazing friend and son.
A man that makes me feel like I’m blessed more than I deserves. A man that goes out of his way to surprise me with cake from the bakery I love, even if the bakery is clear across town. A man that is my biggest cheerleader and supporter. A man that lets me do what I love. A man that provides for our family and works seven days a week so that we may live the life we’ve always dreamed. A man that is driven and focused. But most important, a man who puts God first!
August 31, 2008, A trip down memory lane:
Happy 5th Anniversary, Baby! We’re just getting started!
With all my love,
Your shortcake, babe, honey, baby, “Ger-myra.”
P.S. I’m excited to finally have an excuse to dine at the Inn at Little Washington tomorrow!
Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. (Matthew 19:6)