“I Do”… 8 Years and Counting…

“…Your people will be my people, your God my God…”

On March 19, 2005 I remember standing at the altar of the chapel on the campus of First Baptist Memphis, alongside Dr. Danny Sinquefield, my dad, my cousin, Jesse Bryant, and Tony Morelli.  When the doors opened and I saw my bride for the first time that day, I immediately began crying.  A real life princess was walking down the aisle, and her destination… next to me.

Leading up to this day, we had four pre-marriage counseling sessions with Brother Danny.  The one that stands out to me the most is when he drew a triangle on a piece of paper.  The point at the top was named “GOD”, with the two points at the bottom reading “DAVE” and “JULIE”.  Danny began explaining that even in marriage, our first priorities must be our relationship with Christ.

In addition to the most important parts involving “I do” and “Promises”, the portion of our ceremony which will always be burned in my heart is when we recited the a passage together, which is found in the Book of Ruth.

“…Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.  Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.  May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”  Ruth 1: 16, 17

I sure am glad we recited this together, because we have lived in seven different houses during our eight years of marriage, spanning four cities and two states.  I wouldn’t trade any of it, as it has been a great adventure with no regrets.

Growing up, I commonly heard people who had been married for a number of years say they are more in love with their spouse today than when they first said, “I do.”  If I am honest, I filed this comment into the same category of parents saying, “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.”  A bunch of stuff that sounds good, but probably not true.  After eight years, now I understand what they meant, because it is absolutely true for me.  And while I’m thinking about it, now as a parent of two small children, I understand the other comment as well.

God is so good, all the time.  I knew Julie for three years and saw her often during college.  We never dated during my time at UT Martin and I had returned to visist some friends who were still there.  She was at her friend’s house next door to where I was, and it just so happened they decided to walk over.  The rest is history and we have talked every day since then (approximately 3,650 days).

Happy Anniversary to my best friend, the love of my life, and the best mother any child could ever want.

Here’s to many, many more…  Here’s to growing old together… Here’s to YOU!  I LOVE YOU!

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