ok i know what you may be thinking...who even tracks this? what is 1000 days of marriage even mean? to be honest, i had NO IDEA we were anywhere near a 1000 days. it was one of those happenstance moments where you randomly open your countdown app & see that you are a couple days shy of 1000 days since your wedding date. super coincidental, i promise! being the nostalgic (insert: & little-to-do-while-on-maternity-leave) person that i am, i figured it would be fun (delicious) to order mini versions of the kara's cupcakes we served at our wedding, customized with this milestone for us to enjoy (& for me to occupy myself with a mini, uneducated photoshoot...remember, maternity leave). then i started thinking, 1000 days of marriage & look how far we've come, solely by the grace of God.
if you know me, you know i like numbers & patterns. so naturally i discovered that we are three months shy of our third anniversary, & we are three weeks shy of the birth of our third family member. also there are three zeroes in 1000. am i trying too hard now? :) one last thing: 2016 = 2+0+1+6 = 9 which is divisible by three. ok i'll stop.
actually, no i won't. here are three things i am thankful to God for in the past 1000 days of marriage...
(1) my husband's reflection of God's character & understanding of what it means to be a true husband. he leads our little family & casts vision for us. with that said, he does so with my partnership & actively seeks out my perspective. he provides for me. he prays for me. he encourages me. he loves me unconditionally.
(2) my personal growth on being a dependent wife. i would consider myself an independent person. i'm introverted & don't primarily seek out relationships to bring joy into my life. i'm usually content solo -- which can translate into my not-so-great quality of wanting control in situations. but when it comes to my marriage, i've learned to let that go. i've learned that it's acceptable to ask for help. that it's acceptable to be open & share what burdens you. i've learned that yes, you are called to be dependent & submissive. there is a difference between being submissive versus being inferior. submission comes out of respect. respect comes out of genuine love in a marriage which i am so thankful to have.
(3) how our love for one another is now something we can physically share with others - our son, eliott. how beautiful of a concept is that? God's timing is always perfect. although this is our second pregnancy, im grateful for what i've learned through my miscarriage last february & what is on the horizon with this little prince coming into our lives in a few short weeks.
i hope you are encouraged to celebrate the random (or numerically perfect) things in life. cheers!
& to clint, happy 1000 days of marriage. i love you!