Over the course of our, almost 3 year, marriage we have learned a lot of valuable lessons and gleaned much wisdom from the experiences that being married at such a young age brings. One of the most recent treasured truths that we have come to know though, is just how much you give to see your spouse succeed and meet the goals that are set for their life. Your spouses dreams become your dreams. The plans that God has set for their life are now forever and always intertwined with yours, and therefore becomes your destiny as well. You work just as hard as they do to see it come to completion. If there is a wavering moment of doubt, you will be the one to spur them on. When they need extra encouragement you are the one to give that much needed pep talk. When they need a little assistance you are the one doing anything and everything you can to help as much as possible. You are the one who gets to hold their hand during each new twist and turn. You are the one who gets to stand by their side through each new phase. And in turn you are also the one who gets to relish in the joy of knowing the gratitude that comes with being someones partner. You pray with them, labor with them, problem solve and prioritize with them and in the end you get to share in the joy of triumph with them as no one else truly can.
Beginning our marriage during the middle of our college years taught us so much about this special place we get to hold with each other. From our wedding day till now we have been constantly pushing towards whatever the next step is in God’s plan for our family. Together we have had the privilege of having a front row seat to making so much that we had dreamed about become a reality. We have worked towards both of us earning and graduating with college degrees from The University of Kentucky. Likewise, we both had the honor of being their in the front row to support each other as we walked across that stage, knowing that without each others diligent support, encouragement and effort neither of us would have been where we were.
We have worked together to help each other start up our own career paths and see the passions that God uniquely placed inside of us being used for the greater good of others as well as The Lords way to support and provide for our family. We have faithfully made decisions to move and decisions to stay based on whatever the will of our Lord is. We have prayed countless prayers, spent countless hours aiding in study and work, exhorted countless amounts of energy motivating or building each other up when one had been knocked down to move the vision forward together…. and for this gift that came through countless sacrifices, both big and small, we could not be more grateful. Being able to share in each others dreams, to truly make them our own as well, has and continues to be one of the most rewarding parts of our marriage. To see God, in all His infinite wisdom, take our two lives, our two sets of goals and blend them into one life, with one set of ambitions and one priority, to make Jesus known and paint a portrait of His love for each of us, through our marriage has been miraculous!
A lot of times that hard work you put in is behind the scenes. A lot of times you will go unnoticed by the rest of the world for all the dedication and effort you have invested to support your significant other in reaching the goals God has placed in front of them. And that is alright. We would go so far as to say that this is how it’s meant to be. Because in the end all that truly matters is that you are working together, striving toward that unified goal, to bring glory to Jesus through your marriage and all that you two are called to do together, as one.
Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair