Happy 3-Year Anniversary!
Wow! It's hard to believe that 3 years ago today I was getting married to my best friend! Now, three years later, we have just had our first little baby girl! I am still head over heels in love with this man! I adore him, and I feel so incredibly blessed that he chose me to be his wife! Seriously, this guy could have had any girl in the world, and for some reason he chose me! What's more, God created me to be his helpmeet for life! Wow! What an honor!
As I mentioned, we just had our first baby girl! She is a sweet little miracle from heaven, and we can't get enough of her! I love getting to be a momma, and I know Skyler is enjoying every minute of being a daddy! However, we cannot forget that the priority relationship in our family must be ours !
"The greatest overall influence you will have on your children will not come in your role as dad or mom but as a husband or wife."
The Bible exalts the relationship between husband and wife. The Lord is pictured as the bridegroom and believers His bride.
It is easy to think that now, because we have Kyria, we are a true family. But we were a family even when it was just Skyler and I! Marriage is the first relationship established in scripture. God-willing, even when our children grow up and start their own families, Skyler and I will still be joyfully sharing life with one another!
I believe that the quality of our relationship with Kyria, and any other blessings God may send our way, will depend on the quality of our marriage relationship. How wonderful for a child to grow up knowing that his/her mom and dad are madly in love with one another! I want our children to see us laughing together, playing together, praying together! I want them to feel secure in knowing that the two most important people in their life love eachother! Therefore, Skyler and I's relationship must take priority over all other relationships - even our children. We must protect our marriage. This doesn't mean we love Kyria less, we simply choose to prioritize one another first. Afterall, it was out of our love for one another that this little child came to be. How could we now sacrifice one for the other?
Isn't that similar to how we love the Lord first with all our hearts!? This doesn' t mean we love others less. In fact, the problem isn't that we love people too much, but that we don't love God enough. The heart is AWESOME like that! There is always room for more love! We must prioritize our relationship with God first, and the relationship with our spouse must be second!
So even though we just had Kyria a little over a week ago, tonight we are heading out to celebrate our anniversary, and Grammie Jasper will be watching her! We won't be gone long, just a nice dinner out, and maybe a little shopping. However, I am looking forward to this time alone with Skyler. In upcoming weeks we plan to continue having a "date night" once a week! Once a year we are committed to taking a weekend retreat alone together. Not only this, but both of us are committed to keeping our marriage fresh and fun! I love this man, and I want Kyria to know how wonderful her daddy is! Skyler is always encouraging me, and lifting me up - he even left a sweet little note and Bible verse on our bathroom mirror this morning! :)
"How beautiful you are, my darling, oh how beautiful . . . You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes" ~ Song of Songs
What are you doing to keep your marriage the priority relationship in your family!?