12.19.2012

so this is what 8 years feels like.


do you know how painful it is to not have any digital pictures of my wedding since i photograph weddings?! really. so please enjoy this picture of a picture.

it's been 8 years and i want 800 more. on our wedding day, my bridesmaids wore red, i had holly berries in my bouquet, and the merriment of the Christmas season was upon us, as if to celebrate the joyous occasion too. it was the day i had dreamed of since a little girl. well, almost. growing up, my life was somewhat tough (but thank God for a great mom!)... my dad left us, and then died a few years later of cancer. so all i dreamt of was normal. i craved normal like chocolate. i imagined marrying a man and it being nothing short of a fairytale. but then God brought me a widower, and i craved normal all over again. i wanted it to be just us. i didn't want to be the new wife, i wanted to be the only one. yet God, because He is so good at making all things new, and turning deserts into rivers of joy did just that... i am happy to say i am healed, basking in the beauty of my marriage. the trial to get the prize was way more than worth it.

in the midst of a lot of pain, deserts, and dry land, be reminded that our God is a God of restoration, healing, and beauty. i've seen it in my own life time and again, and i hope you can see it in yours, too.

happy 8 years babe. you are a joy to me, my sweet sweet gift, and the only man for my crazy self. xoxo.



Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV

28 comments:

  1. God is good! Happy anniversary, girl!

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  2. Oh I love the picture of you both- so adorable! Congrats to you both! Love and hugs,Carissa!

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  3. I LOVE the looks on your faces :) That picture of a picture totally captures the emotions of your wedding day for you two! Happy Anniversary!

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  4. Happy 8 years! Wishing you the Lord's blessings on the next 8:)

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  5. That photo! It matches the verse you gave exactly, don't you think? "...far more abundantly ..." That's the kind of joy you have on your faces. What a wonderful gift the Father gives us in marriage!

    Congratulations, and here's to 800 more!

    s

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  6. Happy 8, Beautiful Bride! We are at 14 this year. Say WHAT?!

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  7. So sweet! Happy anniversary! I hope you're able to sneak away for a hot date!

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  8. Happy 8 years! May God bless you countless more. ;)

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  9. Happy Anniversary! (we celebrated 13 years yesterday! Yay for Christmas weddings! :))

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  10. Happy Anniversary!! Here's to 800 more!

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  11. Happy Anniversary!!! We're coming up on 8 years too and like you... I want at least 800 more!! ;)

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  12. Happy Anniversary! Our 9 year anniversary is tomorrow. I doesn't feel that long... until I look at our wedding pictures (not digital as well!) and realize that we were just babes :) Hope yall have a good day!

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  13. happy anniversary! I just happened to stumble upon your blog from another blog and I love it! Definitely have a new follower :)

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  14. Happy Anniversary..LOVE your wedding picture..you both look so happy and in love!!

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  15. did you know the number 8 means new beginnings. my mom is a number girl. i'm pretty sure that's right. happy anniversary girlie! love your expression in that pic;)

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  16. Happy Anniversary! Those are two of my favorite verses. I understand how you feel about normalcy. God has done a tremendous work in my life!

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  17. Oh, my goodness, look at Kelly! How funny! You look just like you do now. Ya'll are so adorable!

    What an encouraging post and so love hearing how God has brought such restoration to you.

    Love you and yours! Here's to 800 more years!

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  18. Happy Anniversary! You all are beautiful...many blessings on your marriage and your ministry, for years to come!
    I love that he is making all things new!! That's my favorite part.

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  19. aww great photos! happy 8 years!! and many more...! :)

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  20. You... your story, your heart and your sweetness blow me away. God is so good...

    I share your pain of no digital wedding photos too. Sucky boo boo.

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  21. Happy anniversary!!! You are both an inspiration to me and I hope I can find my own prince some day :)

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  22. Happy belated Anniversary!! What a wonderful story! And yes, I wish for digital pictures of my wedding!!

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  23. so cute!! hope it was a great celebration!
    we didn't have a wedding photographer, so no decent photos. maybe we could hire you to take some now :)

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  24. Happy Anniversary!!!
    I hear you about the lack of digital pictures. I got married 12 years ago, so all I have are prints!

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  25. Happy Anniversary Carissa! You will surely get your 800 more years ;)

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