Hey, Ember Grey readers! Christian here!
I asked Emily if it would be ‘ok’ if I could write a post today for our five year wedding anniversary.
You should have seen her face.
She lit up with excitement and was like “….really?!”
It was that same type of “really?!” on Valentines day in grade school when the kid in class you liked dropped
Spongebob Squarepants Valentine .. and you could literally die.
Most of you know her as “Ember Grey”, but I know her as “Bird”.
It’s a name I started her when we were first dating.
Part of it was because she brought with her a beautiful song when she came in to my life.
The other part was that she loves salt like a bird loves seed.
I used to joke with her and ask her say “Beep Beep Beep” and eat salt out of my hand.
While we were dating, I quickly learned how dynamic, sweet, drop dead funny, compassionate,
hard working and strong of a person Emily is. We both think back to the time dating and would both agree
that it was seriously the most fun we’ve ever had courting someone. It was kind of easy because she told
me the previous guy she had dated reached across the table at dinner and started to eat her
french fries and ketchup without even asking.
I can tell you, Mr. Fry Guy, that she’s not a fan. Hahah.
I always offer my food as a sacrifice to the Fry Gods. I’ve gotten off topic…
My eyes were open to a love that I knew in my heart and soul was possible,
but God had me wait for.
Like a heavenly friend whispering “Hold my beer” – He had something so special
for me that was far greater and profoundly beautiful that I could ever imagine.
Needless to say, we got engaged and a year and a half later – on this day today – I married
Ember Grey Emily.
((Side note: I’ve ALWAYS wanted to use that ‘strikethough’ function like Ember Grey does – she uses it to such great effect, no?))
And that brings me to the whole point of me asking to post in this space today….
(( Wow! Is she not freaking stunning? ))
June 2, 2012
I married Emily on the porch of her parents
beautiful country home in Indiana.
She smiled so bright
Her eyes shined like crystal
Holding her hands as the sun peeked
thru the clouds
Time stopped for a moment
And our souls recognized each others
And we cried
Tears of joy
Knowing that God has put us in this place
To take care of each other
To remind each other what is important
What is good
And on the days when it’s hard
When we feel tired and feel like giving up
We have that day
5 years ago, today
That was perfect in every way
And know that God gave us
A glimpse of what time feels like in Heaven
Emily, this next part is for you. And if you’re already sobbing, (I know I am) I’m sorry. 🙂
I have always loved you and I always will. Thank you for being the best mother Crew could ever have.
Thank you for always wanting better, for your humor and laughter.
Thank you for choosing me to spend your life with
For your joy and lightness.
You are my soul’s match.
And God knew what he was doing
When he whispered in my ear
(( these are salt specks I use to lure my Bird to the punchline in our letters ))
” … Don’t eat her French Fries”
Happy 5 years, Em! I look forward to many, many more filled with laughter, love and having fun together.