January marked fourteen years for me and Neil and when your friends offer to babysit overnight, you take them up on it! We got a hotel in the center of Rome that was a beautiful little boutique hotel with an amazing old stone fireplace in it. Super romantic! Of course, they have various suites with different prices. We rarely have the opportunity to go into the center, so it was sooo much fun to walk around care-free. We enjoyed an amazing (& I mean ah-MAYZ-ing) french-italian meal at Casa Coppelle. At the restaurant we had the perfect table because Neil had called to make a reservation with the best table for a couple celebrating an anniversary. We basically sat in our own little room just for our table! The next morning we enjoyed caffè and cornetti, then took a nice morning passeggiata without a care in the world.
Fourteen years of marriage! How is it that time seems to go faster and faster with each passing year? In a way, it doesn’t seem all that long ago when we stood at the front of our church saying our vows and promising to love each other “come what may.” I can remember the friends and family surrounding us celebrating with us—and of course the fun stuff like the dress, the flowers, the music. I remember thinking, “there is no way that I can love this man more than I do at this very moment.” But now, after so much time and so much history together things are different—and in a good way!
It hasn’t always been easy, that is for absolute certainty. We are still two sinners who said “I do.” We have faced trials in this life and challenges that I never imagined we would overcome. But, God has been faithful to grow us individually pursuing us with His love so that we can love each other better! Marriage is such a beautiful thing that He has created to glorify Himself and show His love for His church. I am amazed that God has given me Neil to love me with the love of Christ on a daily basis. As I reflect on all the milestones and markers we have walked, ran, or stomped through over the years, I am so grateful for this man, my best friend, I have by my side. Amo, “the best is yet to come…because you’re mine!”