10 years ago, we said our vows, promised to love each other in sickness and in health, in good times and bad. I think we can all agree that we've hit a fair amount of the bad and sickness a little earlier than most.
There were people who had their doubts, when we met, courted and married. People who thought we were too different to make it work (and that was without even knowing what our marriage would face!). Me the eternal optimist, who always sees the glass as half full. Dusk the eternal pessimist, who is so busy pointing out the faults in the construction of the glass that he never gets to the question of whether it's half full or half empty. As the pastor who did our premarital counseling put it "The bad news is you guys are really different. The good news is, you know exactly how different you are!"
But here we are...10 years later. 2 homes, 2 amazing kids later. A whole lot of good to rejoice over. And a whole lot of bad that could swallow us up if we dwelled on it. And a marriage strong enough to weather the storms brought on by 5 miscarriages, an ICD placement, a hip replacement (with another one coming in the next few months), a second trimester loss with a D&C, an ear tube placement, 2 pacemaker placements, 3 open-heart surgeries and 2 more open-chest surgeries, a whole lot of hours logged in multiple hospitals...and the uncertainty of a child born with a half a heart.
That, my friends, is the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. Taking 2 total opposites and binding them together to make them strong enough to walk a path like this, because of their mutual love of the cross. Reminding them again and again that strength lies in HIM and no one else.
Someone put on my Facebook page that "The Bennett family is truly awe-inspiring." Dusk and I laughed. No we're not. We are exhausted. Absolutely and utterly spent. But able to get out of bed and sing for joy because we hang on to the promise and HOPE Jesus Christ brings to our family and to our daily lives. HE is the backbone to this marriage and to this family. I can promise we would not be here without HIM.
Happy anniversary, babe. Here's to 10 more. May they be slightly less eventful.