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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

9 years with Mr. Stoltzfus

My stomach is a little nervous, excited-nervous, not scared-nervous.  I get like this when I think of the journey that my husband I share.  It is so deep and takes up so much of who I am.  And most of the time I feel completely undeserving of this amazing man that I call husband.  He brings me joy unmatched here on earth, (don't be fooled, we can tick each other off too)!  He takes me just as I am.  He encourages me to be more then I am today.  He believes in me. He loves me.

He is one of the most gracious humans I know.  He works like a lion and loves like a lamb.  I don't know how he does it all.  How can he keep loving me so?  And it's only been 9 years today, just a drop in the bucket of life I pray!    

I am so in love with my husband.
I'm not afraid to shout it out from the rooftops, (or computer monitors)!!  And Lord, my desire is to whisper it in the daily actions of life.  I've got a lot of growing up to do.  A lot of self left in me, so much at times it feels impossible to be the true me.  I want to bring him JOY all the days of his life.  I want to bless him.  Encourage him. Love him good.  But I'm just a woman and I can't do it alone.  I am not a good lover when I'm out of touch with my Lover.  There are attitudes and reactions and just yuk! that needs some attention.   Thank you Jake for not giving up on me, on us.  For loving me just the way I am.  You deserve all the good that life has to offer and I hope to be apart of that goodness......may the Lord watch over us, protect us from the arrows of life and sing songs of deliverance over us!!!!     
These pictures were taken last Sunday by my friend Michelle.  She had a homework assignment, (she's in photography school) in which she needed to interpret a poem.  She needed a couple and she called on us.  Jake is such a good sport and went right along with it.  I didn't "make" him do anything.  He's a man, not my child! (Just wanted to clarify that to any scoffers out there)! :) It was a special hour together to say the least.  She took some "real" pictures too, in addition to the more posed ones for her assignment, thank you for that Michelle.  I dressed in the same outfit I wore 10 years ago during our engagement shoot. You can click here if you'd like, to see the rest of the pictures and to meet Michelle.
"My greatest fortune
in a life of brilliant experiences
has been to find you,
and to lead my life with you...."

~Winston Churchill~

6 comments:

Jeane` said...

Happiest of Anniversaries to a wonderful couple!!! BEAUTIFUL pictures, and even more, beautiful intent behind the words written here!

And I belive Donny W. and rainy night go together....

Michelle said...

I love the love you have for your love! :) Happy Anniversary, my friends!

Sarah said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Love this post and beautiful pictures!!!

Lindsey said...

Happy Anniversary! The pictures are absolutely beautiful! What a cute couple!

Jena said...

*sigh*
right there with you.
:)
I remember that day like it was yesterday... Nellie and I handing out programs, 4 weeks and 2 weeks married respectively....
love you guys so so much!

beautifulpapercreations said...

Just wanted to say that the dedication to your husband was beautiful and moving.