One of my favorite parts about my wedding was how Matthew and I read each other our own vows. It was so heartfelt and meaningful to us. We came up with and wrote down our own promises and then said them out loud in front of our loved ones. Matthew cried while I read mine (he cried during the whole ceremony and I just think that is the most precious thing). I teared up while he read his, but no tears were shed. I just can’t cry in front of people. But now as I re-read our vows, I’m the one bawling my eyes out. I love that we still have our vows and will read them every year on our anniversary.
Since our one year anniversary is quickly approaching (August 5th) I thought it would be nice to post our vows here. If we ever lose our hand-written vows or forget to bring them wherever we may be on our anniversary, the words will forever be on this blog for us to look back on.
Since before I really knew you, I knew that there was something special about you. You were quiet and shy but beautiful. When you spoke, however rare that may have been, you were funny, kind, and I could tell you loved Jesus. You were always laughing and when you smiled it lit up the room. When I asked you on a date I really hoped that you would talk more when it was just us. You did, but not by much. Even so, I began to see that you were so much more than just a pretty girl. As you slowly opened up to me I fell more and more in love with you. You were the first girl to truly have my heart and I would not have it any other way. I love you so much. You make me incredibly happy and you inspire me to be a better man. Your patience and graciousness leave me awestruck and your beauty takes my breath away. I am so excited to start my life with you, serve the lord with you, start a family with you, and grow old with you. I promise to love you forever, no matter the circumstances, to stand by your side, no matter how hard, to encourage you, to point you to the Lord everyday, to hold you when you are crying and to always pick you up when you’re down. You are my girl and I will love you forever and always.
-Matthew Lee Thomas
My dearest Matthew,
We have had such an amazing journey together. In just ten months you have become my best friend and favorite person. You stood out to me from the beginning. You have the sweetest personality and you’re always so kind to others. Your laugh is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. You put God in a very good place in your heart and that is one of my favorite things about you. I began liking you as early as June 2016 but our first time alone together wasn’t until September 10th. We went to get firewood together for a bonfire (thanks Kyle). Mostly you talked, of course, but I just loved hearing your voice. You must have liked the one sentence I said on that ride together because you asked me out the next weekend. Our first date was at Tim Horton’s on September 18th. Everything you said that night was perfect. You were so honest and upfront that it made me feel safe with you and I could trust you. On October 9th you asked me to be your girlfriend at Mohican. I was so incredibly happy because the best man in the world asked me to be his! On October 15th, we tried to share our first kiss but we missed each other’s lips. You kissed my nose and I kissed your chin. It was awkward and funny and so us. I love that we can be goofy together, it makes our relationship so much fun! October 16th, you told me that you love me. I cried tears of happiness that night because the man that I love said he loves me back. On February 4th, you took me on a morse code scavenger hunt that went to all of our first dates. We ended up at Mohican again. All this time I just thought you were doing something fun for me to get my mind off of a stressful week. When I decoded the last card that said, “Will you marry me?” and I saw you down on one knee, it was honestly the happiest moment of my life so far. I can’t believe how much God has blessed me with such an amazing man. Someone who puts God first in our relationship and helps me grow closer to Him. Someone who makes me happy, comforts me when I’m stressed, anxious, or sad, is patient with me, puts up with all of my weird quirks and stupid mistakes, issues, and insecurities, someone who I know will trust me with respect and love me always. Matthew, from this day forward I promise to put God first in our relationship, to love you all of my days, pray with you, communicate with you, respect you, encourage you, support you, listen to you, have fun and laugh with you, comfort you when you are upset, and forever be your cuddle buddy and best friend. I love you, my honey bunny.