It’s been 19 years since Hollianne and I exchanged our vows at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Tennessee. I had just graduated from the University of Tennessee and was working at a small college in Ohio. Hollianne was still in school and planning to begin her student teaching that next month in our new hometown of Marietta. It was exciting to see many of our friends and family gathered in one spot to celebrate our special day with us.
I can also recall all the wedding gifts that were given to us that day. They were piled up on tables in the reception hall of the church. We were so grateful for those gifts- as well as the ones received at various wedding showers earlier in the summer. We were poor as church mice, and these items were a great help in getting our home put together.
Since that time I’ve come to appreciate the other gifts that have accompanied our union on August 5, 1995.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Genesis 2:24
I truly had no idea what kind of special friendship would develop with Hollianne. I’ve been blessed with great friends since childhood and through my adult years, but Hollianne has become my best friend. She has provided us with three beautiful children and a house full of laughter. She picks me up when I need encouragement. She makes me feel special and loved. I love waking up and coming home to her each day.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7
Another great gift has been an extended family. While my immediate family is very small, through this marriage I’ve gained six brothers and sisters-in-law, two wonderful “parents” and seven nieces and nephews. I’ve also gained close friendships and many great memories with Hollianne’s family. Best of all? They’ve embraced me as one of their own. I love them.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22
Hollianne makes me a better person. She’s a great example of a Godly woman and she provides me with the best example of how I want to live. She loves my mother and father and is an incredible mother to our children. Hollianne wants me to get to heaven- and that’s the greatest act of love and support that I can have on this earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
Weddings are special occasions, but the gifts over the years are what make marriages so special.
Celebrate your wedding gifts each day.