Ryan and I are celebrating 5 years of marriage. Five years seems so small and so monumental all at the same time. Looking through wedding photos, I noticed this shot of our wedding favors. We gave guests a spring bulb, hoping that it would bring beauty to their yards each year. We stuck on a tag that said, “grow love” because that seemed fitting. Little did I know how much love would grow in 5 years.
When I think about the last 5 years, our love for each other has obviously grown. What was once a very new relationship as developed into something rich and beautiful through life’s ups and downs. My life before I met Ryan almost seems small and lonely compared to today. God has brought so many amazing people into my life through our marriage. Marrying Ryan gave me a stepdaughter to love like my own, more children to love, additional family to share life’s moments and amazing friends. My marriage also transitioned me from an introverted church attender to a pastor’s wife where everyone instantly knew my name. That role opened the door for me to get to know so many wonderful people. I have made friendships that I would have never expected. And the amount of love I’ve been shown, from people I may have never even talked to before meeting Ryan, is humbling.
Not only has my heart grown for so many people around me, I’ve also fallen more in love with life. Being married to Ryan is like carrying around a little bit of sunshine in your pocket. He is constant jokes and smiles. Life is just better with him.
Our marriage is not perfect, and I definitely do not have all the answers, but maybe one of the keys to a healthy marriage is a love that has a ripple effect. A love that creates more love.