After an amazing day seeing Rome, we got dressed up and began walking toward Aventine Hill in Rome. We had heard that there was a great view over the city and we were hoping to find a semi secluded spot to renew our vows. However, on the way, we passed the Circus Maximus. It looked so lovely in its wild, abandoned state. Wildflowers grew down the side of the hill and the ruins of the Roman forum and Palatine Hill stood behind it. We both just knew. This was the perfect spot. Secluded and beautiful and surrounded by history. 🙂
While I was getting the camera out of the bag, Christopher walked over and started picking wild flowers. My heart pitter pattered as I watched him. He has such a sweet spirit and I just love that about him. He presented me with a hand picked bouquet of flowers. The most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen.
Rach, standing here today holding your hands makes me think back to five years ago when we held hands as best friends in front of our friends and family. On that day, our wedding day, we pledged to love each other forever and these hands have continued to fulfill that promise. These are the hands that hold yours during our many prayers of thankfulness. With these same hands we have built a home together, cherished one another, and been on numerous adventures. And now after five years of marriage these will be the hands that will hold our future children as we build a family. Rach, I swear that I will never stop loving you. I will never give up on us. You are so amazing that I will never get used to you. You will always have my heart. You have entranced me with your spirit and captivated me with your mind. You love God and have such a passion to love and help those around you. Rach, you know that I have eyes for you alone. You are my only. I vow to love you forever and always and to never stop telling you just how much I love you. I vow to help you love life. I vow to always do my best to bring you closer to God.
My dearest Christopher, trying to sum up what you mean to me, how much I love you, and how much you inspire me is such an overwhelming task. Not because I am unsure, but because after nearly a decade together, I have so much to say! Christopher, you are genuinely my best friend. I love how we laugh together and I love living life with you. Sweet husband, I hope to always help you love life. You treat me with such gentleness and respect. You speak well of me and have eyes only for me. Most importantly you love God and it shows in the way you live life. Through all these things you inspire me to be a better and more Godly person. I love you for all of this and so much more. My love for you grows every day. I vow to show and prove my love to you every day. I vow to never give you a reason to question my love for you. I vow that I will never look elsewhere – my eyes are for you alone. I vow to continue to stand by you through each season of life. I choose you. Always. I will never give up on us. And when our family grows, I vow to cherish each addition. I vow to always do my best to help bring you closer to God.
Father, may the road rise to meet us, may the wind always be at our back. May the sunshine warm upon our faces and the rains fall on our fields. May the light of friendship guide our paths together. May the laughter of children grace the halls of our home. Help us always live life full of joy. And when eternity beckons, may You embrace us. But until that final day, hold us in the palm of Your hands. Amen.