I believe everything starts with a reason. With a why. And my “why” is because of my parents. Because all these years later, they still have the kind of marriage where my mom cooks him dinner every night and makes sure he’s taken care of and my dad leaves her love notes and sends her flowers at work. When I was creating my new website, I wrote a page about what I believe. Because I want our couples to know why we do what we do, and why their marriage matters to us. And these are the words that came to mind:
“Love is in the holding on”
When I think of my parents, this is what I think of. How they’ve held on through all these years- to Jesus, to each other, and to their daughters. And how they’ve taught us to do the same. Because if there’s one thing my parents have taught me, it’s that a marriage isn’t defined by how well you love each other in the best of times, but in how you pursue Jesus and hold onto each other in the hardest of times. I am who I am because of my parents. And I know what a healthy marriage looks like because of them. The strength of their marriage and the family they’ve created has pushed me to dream bigger and more fearlessly, to serve others before myself, and to live life with arms wide open. It was the strength of their marriage, and our family, that gave me the security to believe I could do anything.
I do what I do because I believe marriage matters. Not because wedding days are pretty (though they are), not because I like taking pretty photos (though I do). But because it’s a sacred day that represents the start of a new family. And I believe that a strong marriage is the foundation for a strong family that will carry down through generations. And it all begins with this one day where two people promise to commit their lives to each other- in the good times and the bad; in sickness and in health.
Mama and daddy, thank you for teaching me what a Godly marriage looks like. Thank you for the love you’ve modeled for us all these years and for showing us what it means to hold on to each other and to your family. I love you both so much! I wish I had a photo of the two of you to share today, but one of these days I'll get some updated ones.
Your Baby Girl