on this day, 13 years ago, my bride and i stood in front of clarksdale baptist church and pledged our lives to each other in a beautiful marriage ceremony that still makes me smile when i think about it. so for my blog post today, i would like to share with you the vows that we said to each other.
afterward, we exchanged rings and mark kelly, our youth leader that was instrumental throughout our relationship, said that i could kiss my bride. this is my description in the book i wrote for lori:
"the passion in that kiss, even though it wasn’t a full-on kiss, was enough that they were transported in those few moments through years past, from the moment they first met, to their friendship which resulted in their first kiss on the choir tour bus, their first date, their first short break-up and reuniting, their eventual bitter break-up and the resulting forgiveness that reunited their friendship, and that phone call that set them on the path to where they were now. all of those emotions collided in that one kiss, and even though it only lasted seconds, it contained a lifetime."
today is the first anniversary i've spent apart from my bride. all of my deployments have always had me home for our anniversary, so it has given me a lot of time to think about it. i look at our vows and i think we have a really good success rate at fulfilling those.
we still kiss quite frequently, and when we do, those kisses, no matter how short or how long, transport me back to that day on the choir tour bus when our lips met that first time, and then to that kiss on that stage in front of our wedding guests. so to my baby love, happy anniversary. i love you more than i ever thought possible, and my love for you grows every day. i look forward to the day that i can once again kiss you and get lost in the ocean of your blue eyes!