Why I continue to say yes. Celebrating 15 years of marriage!
This man of mine
I love you
You still make me turn my head when you walk in the room
It’s still true, as the years go by
Because I watch you…a lot
And how can I say no to you when you continue to say yes to Jesus
Yes when it is hard
Yes when it means a no to your original plan
Yes when you feel like you do not have the strength to lead me and our six children
Yes to the for better or for worse
And you kiss my partially bald head
And tell me you love and find me beautiful no matter what
It took many years for both of us to get to this place but we are here
And I am grateful
You listen to me go on
AND ON when I am trying to make sense of my thoughts
Your strength of knowing how to listen and compassion makes it easy for me to talk to you
I cry and then continue to go on and on some more
You continue to listen, and when I am done
You pray for me
I cry some more
You love me well
These last 15 years have taught me that you are not perfect
I am fully aware
But it is not perfection that makes our marriage work
Oh how I wish I knew this from the beginning, striving for an unrealistic goal…it always left me frustrated
But no, it is not perfection but commitment that makes us work
Commitment first to the creator of our marriage which helps us to remain committed to each other
The commitment that makes us stick around when the for better passes and it feels like the for worse season will never end.
The commitment that drives us to our knees instead of out the door when our imperfections are on full display.
This man of mine
I love you
And I am so honored to be your wife.
Happy 15th wedding anniversary Mr. Jones!
About the Author
Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!