Wednesday, June 13, 2012

2 Years of Marriage!

Today Ryan and I are celebrating and praising God for 2 years of marriage!  Sheesh we just resolved a major fight last night so don't take us for experts anytime soon :)  All I know is that being married has been such a fulfilling, refining, and thrilling decision.  There is no other relationship that has been such a catalyst for change in our lives.  I honestly believe the Lord set me up with the coolest, hunkiest, most amazing man who I just adore and love!

In 2 years of marriage Ryan and I have walked together through:
  • An international move to the Middle East
  • Two graduations: Ryan with his Masters in Environmental Engineering, me with my Bachelor's in Psychology
  • Move back to the USA and starting two new jobs
  • Buying a home and renovating it
  • Adventures all over the world and daily blessings beyond measure!
  • Being diagnosed/learning to manage a chronic, lifetime illness and a season of immense sickness for Ryan
Marriage hasn't been easy by any stretch of the imagination and it has far exceeded what I thought in every amazing way possible.

We were 21 and 24 on June 13 2010--devoting ourselves to serving God and each other.  In our vows we declared before everyone we know and love that we would walk together through everything, including in sickness and in health.  Those specific vows are so meaningful and real because of our last 12 weeks of life.  Ryan being chronically ill, experiencing so much pain, the ups and down of feeling better and regressing to unimaginable sick.  Traveling to ER's, hospitals all over Colorado, specialists, surgeons, getting scans, getting surgery, running tests, trying medications, waiting for biopsies, and figuring out the rest of life in such an unpredictable season.  Those vows, rooted in the Lord, were foundational to trials that inevitably came and will surely visit again.

Does it make any sense to me why our vows and Ryan's health seem to be heavily and unrelenting under fire?  Not really.  Just an intense time of pruning and growth I suppose.  I know now that marriage is not for the faint of heart.  I look forward to the coming years with the same excitement no matter what awaits us (a little more health would be nice though :) ).  But it's really not about us and we're learning how to point to God more in our marriage.  Believe me, we have a loooong way to go and we mess up so often

I'm simply grateful for an all sustaining God who walks with us, provides more than what we need, and equips us for marriage to His glory.

Happy Anniversary Ryan Decker...these 2 years have been the best YET! 

The ultimate thing to see in the Bible about marriage is that it exists for God’s glory. Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. Most ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It is designed by God to dis- play his glory in a way that no other event or institution does.
-John Piper

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

Psalm 34:3 

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  1. You have something so special -- EACH OTHER!Happy Anniversary to a very lovely couple

    1. Thanks mom-and thanks for saving our cake for us :)

  2. Jennifer and Steven BishopJune 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Happy Anniversary you two!! Sending all our love and support!
    Here's to many more!

  3. Happy Anniversary !! May the Lord continue to bless your marriage.

    Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.

    Ecc 4:9-10

    1. LOve the scripture that you bring us back to Kay! Thanks for thinking of us today.

  4. Happy anniversary you two! What a sweet, loving and honest post about your marriage :) (And side note: I've got my Bachelors in that too! haha!) I've seen your wedding photos before on your site, but again they are so beautiful!

    1. Thanks Nicole! Awesome I didn't know you majored in Psych-where did you graduate from??

    2. Florida State University- go Seminoles!

  5. Love your attitude!

    My husband and I have been married over four years, and it's been crazy, just like yours. But we too, have learnt to understand what those vows we made really mean, and what it means to stay committed even if others would walk away.

    Love your blog!!!


    1. Sarah I'm so glad you're here friend! A lot can happen in 4 years (congratulations by the way!) and we've decided it's only the Lord that keeps us together. He is the Rock. I don't know how people do marriage (or anything) with Him! Looking forward to more posts on your blog soon!

  6. Stumbled upon your blog after Googling "I argued with my girlfriend on our first anniversary", I have to say your blog really made me put things into perspective that we are not the only ones who argue on special days. Although it doesn't make it any better that we did, it's nice to know that there isn't something "wrong" with us as a couple...looking forward to reading more.

    1. Josh, so encouraged to hear this! Let us serve at the best example of imperfection and messing up special days :) Grace over it all, thank goodness!



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