“Love is a fragile thing, and some elements in life can try to break it. Much damage can be done if we are not in tender hands, caring hands. To give ourselves totally to another person, as we do in marriage, is the most trusting step we take in any human relationship. It is a real act of faith—faith all of us must be willing to exercise. If we do it right, we end up sharing everything—all our hopes, all our fears, all our dreams, all our weaknesses, and all our joys— with another person. No serious courtship or engagement or marriage is worth the name if we do not fully invest all that we have in it and in so doing trust ourselves totally to the one we love. You cannot succeed in love if you keep one foot out on the bank for safety’s sake. The very nature of the endeavor requires that you hold on to each other as tightly as you can and jump in the pool together.”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland "How Do I Love Thee"
on august 4th dave and i celebrated our fourth anniversary. it is hard to believe that is has already been four years and at the same time that it has only been four years. i am grateful that four years ago we decided to hold onto one another tightly and "jump into the pool together." marriage is incredible, wonderful, fantastic and hard. and it's worth every bit of effort required to make it amazing!
dave had to work until 6:00 on our actual anniversary, so i just got some chinese takeout (a vietnamese noodle bowl for him). in the little blue takeout box were 4 fortune cookies. i slipped a memory from each of our 4 years of marriage into each fortune cookie (i got the idea for the cute tag from here).
then we had chocolate fondue for dessert. although to be honest i think i was more excited about it than he was. next time i'll just get ben and jerry's since it's his dessert of choice (and a lot easier)!
a few days later we went out to dinner to celebrate. we went to a restaurant that 3 people had recommended, but we were less than impressed (maybe we both ordered the wrong thing?). it's a major bummer to pay a lot of money for less than stellar food. but it was great to be together, reminisce on four years and all that is yet to come!
leaving our reception and off to start our new adventure as a family (and what a great adventure it's been)!
as i wrote this post i thought about this talk. it is one of the most beautiful, personal, heartfelt talks on marriage. i love it and want to be more like how he described his wife (it's even better if you listen to it. you can hear and feel the love he has for his wife).