Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Anniversary

"I've fallen in love many times... always with you."
Kristian planned the most wonderful evening for our Anniversary.
We headed down to the West Village, one of our favorite hangouts. I just love meandering through the streets. The residential streets are so quaint, clean, quiet, and shady.

So we walked around for a bit and then headed to dinner.
He had selected Cafe Condesa and it was SO good. We ate warm brie with honey and pine nuts, seared scallops, roasted cauliflower, grilled brussels sprouts, and a twice baked potato. Oh it was delicious!!!He had planned a second stop for dessert, but we couldn't leave Cafe Condesa without trying the mixed berry cobbler that had just come out of the oven. So, we ate that- both agreeing it was maybe the best we'd ever had, and then went on to our official dessert place.
Cafe Henri, also in the Village, is the cutest little French cafe. Our waitress even had an authentic French accent. I liked that.
We ordered their crepe with homemade chocolate sauce and bananas. Oh, yummm.
We were talking over dinner about advice we'd give (if asked) to an engaged couple, now after four years. (Or maybe things we wish we'd had a better understanding of before we were married.)
These are a few things that came to mind:
-Make it your joy to humble yourself and put your spouse first
-Have a vision for your marriage and your family. Pray about the direction God is leading you and the way you will go about making decisions for your family. Then stay united in that.
-Leave your expectations and desires for yourself at the alter on your wedding day. Recognize that many of these must be put to death for a Christ-centered marriage.
(then I just heard this quote yesterday- "The ideal marriage is like the crucifixion"- C.S. Lewis)
-Learn to laugh at yourself.
-(Wives) Be your husband's biggest fan.

Our marriage is far from perfect but we sure are learning a lot!

After dinner, our dear friend and neighbor Murph called to see if we'd like to come over and watch a movie and have cookies and coffee. She's always doing fun things like that. So we decided to finish off our anniversary night with Murph :)
This is what we walked in and found:
She's just so sweet! Thanks, friend.

So, that was our 4th Anniversary and it was delightful. I could not be more thankful for my husband. He is continually teaching me, usually just with his actions. He is always pointing me toward Jesus. He has me constantly laughing, which makes life fun.

As I have thought about marriage as a reflection of Christ's love for us, I am overwhelmed.

"Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days." Psalm 90