(Marty and me on July 31, 1992...the night before our wedding)
Over twenty-one years ago, the girl in the picture took a walk down the aisle and said "I DO" to her very own Prince Charming. At the time, this naive young woman was just 22 years old. A lot of life has happened since that happy day. Today, she has a few gray hairs on her head and her face has a few wrinkles. Time has passed and love has taught her a few things about life. This is what I would say to the girl in the photo...
You found him! Never forget the way he makes your heart smile.
There will be many years where the two of you will struggle financially as you build your careers. For a little while, you will be "macaroni and cheese poor". Don't sweat it. Despite your bank account, and evidence to the contrary, you are rich.
You appreciate the way he makes you laugh. His sense of humor will carry both of you through some very difficult and painful circumstances. Lighten up and keep laughing.
He challenges you. That's a good thing. It makes you a better woman. Embrace it. Remember that it's OK that you don't agree on everything.
Your words have the power to build him up or tear him down. Proceed with caution when you speak.
Two words...honor him. It matters. Enough said.
Years later, your heart will still race when he walks through the door. Tell him that you miss him when he is away.
You don't have to wonder why he picked you. He knows all the reasons and would do it again.
You will always love snuggling together on the couch and watching movies.
He is going to be a great Daddy!
After two decades of marriage, he will still call you Sweetness and you will still love it when he does.
He sees the best in you, even when you cannot. But, he isn't afraid to tell you when you are wrong.
He is a great cook!
One day, you will be temporarily consumed with motherhood. Never forget to put your marriage first.
You will always love taking walks together and it will always amaze you that your hand fits perfectly in his.
He loves adventure as much as you do. Together, you will dream of all the places you will go.
Humility and forgiveness are powerful and beautiful things. Be generous with both.
Before long, the two of you will move hundreds of miles away from family, and you will build a life together in a faraway land called Texas. Remember that "home" is wherever he is. Period.
You will not change him. He will not change you. But you will grow together and bring out the best in each other.
He isn't perfect...just perfect for you. Cut him some slack.
This man will pray with you and pray for you. Cherish him. Always. And never forget he is a gift from God made especially for you. He is your "happily ever after".