Saturday, August 23, 2008

For Better or For Worse

Today is our 5 year wedding anniversary! Part of me can't believe it has been 5 years and the other part can't really remember my life without Bob.

Bob is from upstate NY, and I am from TN. We met in law school and were scheduled to have our first date on September 11, 2001. After the attacks, our campus was closed so we rescheduled and went out the following Friday evening. From then on, we were pretty much inseparable.

I had prayed for my FM ("future mate") for years and had journalled some of those prayers. Of course, in those early years, my prayers were for a hunky model or movie star. But then I 'grew up' and began to realize what was truly important. I began praying for a "strong" man. I knew that I needed someone who was strong in his faith, strong in his ambition and strong in his convictions.

I will have to let Bob tell his side of the story, but supposedly Bob knew that I was the one for him during my first year of law school. He was a year ahead of me and his friends referred to me as the "tall blonde". Because the first year of law school is so unbelievably grueling, Bob didn't want to ask me out (or even introduce himself) then. But as soon as I arrived for my second year, we began chatting. And...the rest is history.

We were engaged on Christmas Eve 2002 (don't we look so young and in love!!).

And we were married at 2:00 p.m. on August 23, 2003 - just a few short weeks after I took the bar exam. We had a lovely, Southern wedding in Tennessee with all of the old southern traditions. I loved it!!

These pictures aren't the best since our wedding photos were not digital, and I had to scan these in.

Arriving at the church with Shana after hair and makeup!

Throwing rice is a southern tradition but, let me warn you, it really hurts!

Early the next morning, we flew to Kauai and had a wonderful honeymoon.

We vowed to love eachother and remain ONE in good times and in bad, and for better or for worse. We had no idea exactly what that would mean -- but, truthfully, no one does! I could not have gotten through this past year and a half, nor could I get through the remaining years on this earth, without my beautiful husband and his love and support. Most importantly, through all of these "bad times", Bob has turned to the Lord for strength and let Him prove His all-sufficiency. It is only through this constant focus and reliance on the Lord and His promises, that Bob and I have been able to draw closer to eachother and walk through this fiery trial together.

Bob is funny (don't tell him I admitted that), but he has the perfect amount of craziness necessary to sometimes counter my rigidity! And he is a wonderful daddy!!

Today is also Bob's parents wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary!


Anonymous said...

We're so glad Bob finally got some guts and asked you out. He thought 9/11 had ruined his chances with you! Have a wonderful anniversary. Give that pregnant lady some good food! Oooh who's that gorgeous Italian groomsman? :) Love, Jenna and family

Allie Carpenter said...

Oh my, has it really been five years! I loved that day! It was beautiful! I hope you guys have a wonderful anniversary and many more years of happiness! You are beautiful in the pictures! Wish I could say the same for my fat face and short hair!

Kimi said...

A friend told me to check out this blog. What a wonderful surprise! And Happy Anniversary! Has it really been five? Your causing me to feel my age ;-)

Clare said...

Yay Lauren and Bob! Love the wedding photos. I love the one of you sitting down and looking up at the camera! you looked beautiful:) hope you had a good weekend, and anniversary:)

Anonymous said...

I am very proud of you both. I consider you both my heroes for the way God has used you for an amazing task. Much love and congratulatuions!--Dad

3 Peanuts said...

Happy Anniversary. You are a beautiful coupe with beautiful faith and an inspirational marriage. I love the stores and the photos.

I am posting about your Mom's business today:)

Walker said...

I found your blog by another introducing your new business. I love it!! You are very talented!
You also have a beautiful family!
Just wanted to drop a line of encouragement to you!

Clare said...

hey girlie,

I left you a bloggy award on my blog today! let's talk soon! xo, clare

preppy little dress said...

wonderful memories for you to cherish for the rest of your life! my husband and i celebarated our 8 years anniversary this past may! time flies when you are having fun!