Marriage wasn’t the best day of my life. It was the beginning—the first step into—the best life I could possibly imagine with the one I love, orchestrated by the One above. Our wedding day was just a foretaste of the beautiful days that were ahead—and when I say beautiful, I don’t mean easy or perfect. I mean beautiful because our God has been with us every step of the way.
Joshua and I met August 2013 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Joshua was working on his MA in Philosophy. I was beginning my studies for a MDiv in International Church Planting. Little did we know that God would turn our worlds upside down that year, redirecting our paths to an even better path—one that He so wisely and creatively orchestrated.
The following summer, 2014, Joshua took the plunge and decided to ask me out . After many walks, frisbee-throwing nights—it is hard to believe Joshua stuck around after seeing my attempts at throwing a frisbee—and yummy gelato, icecream, and frozen yogurt (it was summer, and we must really like ice cream), Joshua asked me to be his girlfriend. That same day, we went and met my parents. **I had some commitment issues and couldn’t believe I had said yes to this guy. Hence the reason I needed to rush home and make sure I wasn’t doing something silly. But that is a blog post for another day.
Over the course of the next several months, I changed my degree to a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and Joshua took the GRE and applied to graduate degree programs to begin his PhD studies. Joshua and I quickly realized that along with laughing, being active, talking, and just being friends, we also loved talking about the Lord and dreaming about the future—a future that seemed much more complete together than apart. Joshua proposed on Valentines Day and I said yes :). I also decided (two weeks later) that I could plan a wedding—not in six monthsin— but in three. Thus, the whirlwind of spring 2015 began!
Joshua’s dream is to teach at the university level as well as write and speak on changing culture. My dream was to disciple women and teach the word of God to anyone who will listen. Joshua and I both graduated from graduate school in 2015. We got married May 23rd, and then moved to Houston, where God has kept us ever since.
What we thought would be a short interlude of 21 months has become six years—and will at least be two more. Joshua got a second masters at the University of Houston and is currently getting his doctorate at Rice University. I am working my dream job as Director of Discipleship at our church. I continue to be amazed at the love our church community and Lord lavishes on us here in Houston.
I had to save the best part of our story for last. We became parents to the most amazing little girl, baby E, on November 23rd, 2019. Never did I know the love a mother could hold for her child. Though I absolutely love my career, I realize that I have a new dream job that I get to fulfill—being a mom to Baby E. Then the Lord blessed us with the most amazing little boy, joyful S. Everyone tells you your heart just keeps growing in size and it is true. Our little man has stolen my heart!
Being parents has only strengthened our marriage—and for that I am so grateful. The Lord has taught us a lot in our six years of marriage. He has tested us. He has strengthened us. He has comforted us. He has suffered with us. The journey has not always been smooth or easy. But Joshua and I both can say it has been worth every moment because our Savior has never left our side.
I hope you will stick around and hear more of our story. Our God is the reason we can call the moments we step into beautiful, for He transforms even the hardest moments in life into something magnificent. He is the reason we can call the simplest and most mundane parts of our story beautiful.