I was a freshman in college when I met Drew. I had been at school for three weeks. Drew was a junior. By Thanksgiving I knew I was going to marry him. I just had to make sure he knew that and I think he figured it out pretty quickly as well. Three years later while hiking through the mountains of West Virginia he asked me to marry him. One year later we were married....six weeks after I graduated.
|We look so young....22 and 24!|
|Family of three Venice, FL 2003...hurricane coming!|
|Drew's graduation from Rice in 2005...pregnant with Jonah and sun in our faces|
|Ski trip 2006|
|Family of four...Outer Banks 2006|
|Family of five....Easter 2008|
|Pregnant with Elena 2009|
|Family of six March 2012|
|Beaver Creek 2012|
I bought this magnet for our refrigerator this past Christmas. I don't know who wrote it, but it summarizes a great marriage so well....
A good marriage must be created. In marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say I love you at the end of each day. It is never going to bed angry. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other a safe place in which to grow. It is not only marrying the right person. It is being the right partner.
We are celebrating our marriage and our life together by spending a long weekend in New York City! I love being your wife and your partner in this life...our life! I love you Drew Mann!!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, 13