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Our 14th Wedding Anniversary

“You were an unexpected surprise, the defining moment. The collision of the stars that slammed into me hard and sent my neat little world plummeting into the ocean. I never expected it to be you, you know? But it is you. It’s all you. And now there’s no looking back.”

– Beau Taplin // The Defining Moment.

Who would have known that summer of 2002 would change my life thaaaat much… I always heard going off to a Bible College was a likely marriage venture but umm, maybe there’s some merit to working at a Christian Camp…

Let me backtrack a little bit here. I graduated from High School in 2002 and decided that my summer before heading off to Missouri for College would best be spent working at a camp that’s near to my heart. I swear I didn’t go there to fall for my brothers friend Brian (ha!). It’s funny how God’s timing and God’s plan for your life may not necessarily play out as you think it will… I was supposed to go off to college and marry some guy I met at college…. someone whose story wasn’t known by everyone.

grace inspired

*the summer of 2002… when it all began.

God’s kind of funny you know?

I remember those first few days after my family left me halfway across the country… In the quiet I was able to resolve some conflicts I had in my heart and work through some personal things. It was in those quiet moments that I realized there was something more to Brian. I missed him.

I can very vaguely remember a phone call I made where I shared with Brian that I had realized I had fallen for him… it was one of those moments when you kind of have to take a deep breath and just let your heart do the speaking for you. This wasn’t easy for me. He was patient. For me it was game over from there on out… Yes, our story has a few bumps. He tried breaking up with me because he was going in to the military. I guess you know how that story ended. 😉

It’s funny to think about now that God was preparing my heart the whole time for a boy I knew for a very long time… How in the world does that happen!? It makes me smile because marriage is everything that I wanted it to be and so much more. I’m so thankful for Brian. I’m thankful that God knew long before I did how he wanted my story to play out… well really OUR story to play out.

Here we are celebrating 14 years of marriage. I would not change a thing about our story. Brian, I love you more today than when it all began… I thank Jesus for blessing me with you. And I know I say it often but, I sincerely mean it, I’m so thankful that God wrote our love story. Here’s to many, many more anniversaries. Love you Berkey! 

happy 14th anniversary to us!

The Anniversary Gift: The Night Sky

I remember those summer nights after my campers had gone to be being given time off… During most nights Brian would wait for me outside my cabin. I just thought “wow what a sweet gesture.” In hindsight I  should have known when my thought process shifted from “oh sweet someone to walk with me in the night” to anticipating that walk that something was up… (ha)

Anyways, Brian loves to give me thoughtful gifts for our anniversary. He bought me this gift because he said it was “perfect.” At first I was a little “ehh that’s a nice gift” but then he explained the meaning behind it. I had forgotten about those summer nights… I had forgotten about the very beginning of our story… actually I don’t even think I knew it was the beginning of our story. It really makes me smile.

The irony in our story is this was only the beginning of the stars being part of our story. As time would have it Brian deployed with the Navy. There were many times I would look up at the stars and feel my husband near to me… I mean after all we WERE under the same big sky even if he were in the Middle East floating somewhere. What a sweet, thoughtful gift. <3 Happy Anniversary Berkey!

the night sky anniversary gift

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep SLOWLY… and then all at once.”

~The Fault In Our Stars.

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