Friday, December 19, 2014

{the best is yet to come}

After five years filled with everyday responsibilities and date nights, love and laughter, loss and tears, faithfulness and patience, diapers and drool, my heart still skips a beat to hear Dan say "I love you."

I vividly remember the first time he told me...and when he whispered it in my ear on our wedding day five years ago today. I've heard it every day since. I've seen it in action over and over again. And his love still amazes me. 

Love that surprises me with flowers.

Love that gives sacrificially of of time and energy.

Love that gets up and goes to work each day, never complaining.

Love that slips his arm around me at church (when both littles are behaving!) 

Love that asks the hard questions.

Love that prays for me and encourages me in Christ.

Love that calls me beautiful with all the changes that happen during pregnancy (and after!)

Love that sends a text that makes me smile the rest of the day.

Love that helps me understand in a grander and fuller way the love that Christ has for His bride, the church. 

Love that gets on the floor to play with our children, even tho it's been a really long day.

Love that is patient and forgiving of my failures.

Love that makes me laugh and adds just the right humor at needed times.

Love that makes me want another 100 years + a day.

{bunny trail: when you bribe your-bottomless-pit-man-child with popcorn, 
a few pictures will definitely turn out with him reaching for the bucket behind the photographer!}

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
and forget not all His benefits...
who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies..."
Psalms 103:4

married 5 years
moved 4 times
blessed with 2 precious littles
excited to meet 1 baby in heaven
 2 bar exams passed with flying colors

photo credits:
the wonderful Kori Wissmann


Anonymous said...

Precious. Absolutely precious.
The Lord is good.

Chelsy Renee said...

LOVE this post, Bethany! Beautiful pictures + such sweet thoughts!

Lexi said...

This is so encurgaing! Love ya Ms.Bethany! Happy 5th wedding anniversary to ya both!
In Christ,

Bianca Jago said...

So sweet! Congrats Dan and Bethany!!
Great job with the photos, Kori!

Elizabeth. said...

This is so incredibly precious, Bethany. <3 Many blessings to your sweet family!

Tashia said...

Happy Anniversary! Beautiful photos!

Amber said...

Wow, has it really been 5 years? I started reading your family's blog right before you and Dan met. I guess I'm pretty much a lurker, but I read almost all your posts, and they're a blessing. Happy anniversary! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! 5 yrs! Congrats! Remember when u first got married :) ~CDW(hslda)

Bethany Carson said...

Happy anniversary!

Alicia said...

Very sweet pictures and such a lovely family. Congratulations!

Caravan Sonnet said...

This was absolutely precious to read Bethany!! Love all of these pictures and everything you said is such a beautiful testimony to the Lord. Thank you for sharing with us!
:) Rebecca

His Way Services said...

Happy anniversary, Dan and Bethany!
5 years. I remember keeping up with your blog watching for posts from the wedding. I still really like the video Rachel put together of your photos with the song she wrote, "We'll Walk Together".

May the Lord continue to richly bless and divinely guide you both as you strive to build your home for His glory.

God bless. Rebecca K.

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful words and pictures. I noticed You said 1 baby in heaven. Did you have a miscarriage? If so I'm so sorry to hear that x

Emily Alexander said...

In a day when marriage is discarded and "undefined," when sex is cheap and love is what you make it ... seeing couples live out what God meant marriage to be, is beautiful. No, not perfect, but beautiful. Thank you for giving me hope to seek the best.

Blessings! And a Merry Christmas!

Emily A.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both! Am very grateful for you, especially, Bethany. Have looked to you as a role model for many years.

Hugs, Leah

Amanda said...

Congratulations on 5 years, Dan and Bethany! Your godly marriage is an inspiration to me, and all the pictures made me smile! :) Many blessings to you both.