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Thankful Tuesday: Husband

Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:2-3

I remember when our eyes first met. His were deep blue and intense. He didn't blink. It seemed nothing could break our gaze. Today, we still share that lock, but on an even more intimate level. He knows me in and out, including when to pick me up, when to dig deeper, when to be quiet and when to laugh. He also knows how to aggravate me like no other. I am thankful for it all, even those irritating times. Sometimes, I even find myself hoping he will pick on me because it's his love. Maybe we shouldn't tell him my true feelings though... ; )

Eight years of marriage have brought more than we ever expected, thought possible or knew we wanted. We celebrated our anniversary just two weeks ago typical Fannon-style with a concert and sand and sun. Eight years has also brought trials upon trials. Marriage is not to be entered lightly. From sickness to bad times, we have been hit, but we've risen above. It may have taken time but we've overcome. We've let each other down more times than we can count, but we've also lifted one another up more times than we can count. We are not perfect and never will be. Glory be to God for helping us learn, recognize our faults and reveal strengths along the way. I continue to pray for guidance for days to come.
Our 5 year anniversary

No amount of praising seems to do justice to the gratitude I feel to God for blessing me in my marriage. The trials have strengthened my trust in Him and He has helped Travis and I to grow in ways we didn't know existed. It's a powerful thought, knowing love can prevail. Patience, patience, patience is a fundamental in marriage. Patience for yourself, your husband, your family, friends and others.

Prior to our wedding day we met with the pastor to officiate our ceremony. One principle he said has never left my mind and never will.
"Never go to bed angry."
I have broken this principle once. I was disappointed in myself and never want to feel the sadness that accompanied that fault. There's nothing like beginning and ending a day with a smile from your spouse. If you're entering marriage, abide by this principle.

Marriage is constant, ever-growing and a contract among three. God is to be first.
Photo by Jessica Leigh Hood Photography

To my husband, I am thankful for you always, more than you know I'm sure. I crave your smiles, embraces and gazes and look forward to the new nicknames we'll share as our relationship grows. I love you!

To those entering marriage: be patient, be forgiving, be loving and be thankful.

May God bless you!

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