Happy Anniversary

by Hope Sewell on January 5, 2011

in faith, family

January 5, 2002 was a cold and beautiful sunny day.  It was my wedding day.  I was busy with all the things that brides are busy doing; hair, make-up, dress, etc.  My dating relationship with Keith was not like most dating relationships.  We had to overcome many obstacles and hardships to stay together.  Because of all of that, on my wedding day, I had to ask myself, “Am I doing this to get out of a difficult situation or am I doing this because I truly love this man?”  In that quiet moment before I saw my groom peace washed over me like a flood and I was able to step through the double doors of the church in full confidence that this was the man God had chosen for me.  It was a happy day.  I know that is a simple sentence but I can’t think of any other word to describe it other than happy.

This picture was taken the very first time I saw Keith on our wedding day.  As you can see it was a tear filled greeting!  😉  We chose to do all the pictures before the wedding.  I loved having those few minutes before all the craziness just me, him and the photographer.

 Nine years and three children later, I am still confident that at 19 years old I did the right thing.  Each year has been full of love, new adventures and lots of laughter.  Nobody can say that we don’t have a good time here at the Sewell house.     

We have always celebrated very simply.  I’m not a “large” jewelry person.  I’d rather have fresh picked wild flowers than a bouquet of roses.  I really prefer simple heartfelt moments over extravagant gifts….however, I’ll never turn an extravagant gift down!!  😉  My favorite anniversary celebration was 2 years ago.  Lilly had just been born on December 10, 2008.  We had a quiet night at home with a candlelit dinner from my favorite restaurant….right at our own kitchen table.  With three small children that was an accomplishment.  But it was also a moment that I’ll never forget.

This past year has been one of our toughest years yet.  Not because we’ve had marital issues but because of the season of life we are in.  God is teaching us many things and I’ll write more about those at a later time.  But through this tough year I’ve been reminded that God is faithful, He is who He says He is.  And I’ve also been reminded that my marriage isn’t based solely on love but on trust, commitment and respect.  I love my husband.  I’m committed to stand by him til death do us part.  And I trust and know that he is a godly man seeking God’s face as he leads our family.  He makes me want to be more like the Jesus I see in him.  And I’m very thankful that I have been able to walk in and out of the seasons of life with Keith Sewell for these past nine years and I look forward to many more!

                                                              I love you babe!!!

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