21 July 2008

365.DAYS.IN.[LOVE].


they say it's the hardest. they say that, and to be honest, i wish i knew who 'they' were. in fact, i am calling out the 'they's... right here... right now. i mean, how are you going to make a statement like that and not follow up with some hope.

for me, i will cling to hope. i have been called silly and illogical for trusting a God that, to be honest [again], i don't even always believe is there [or if He is... that He cares]. i have seen the looks from strangers when i make a comment about 'my wife,' knowing that they are playing out the odds in their heads of two twenty-somethings tying the knot. i know what the world says. but i will cling to hope.

this past year has not been the easiest by any means. but this year has given me clarity into my soul unlike any other time during my short 26 years on this earth. and i owe most of that to my bride.

the love that carlie renee davis draws out of me comes from the deepest parts of my heart, the parts that i didn't even know were there. so, babe, thank you for choosing me. i love you through the sadness of my own selfishness and in spite of your own. i choose you, just the way you are. i couldn't be more excited & anxious to spend the next 60 years by your side. you are it.

our friend dane shared some advice with us as he walked us through the process, preparing for marriage. he said, 'if, at the beginning, you knew what you were getting yourself into, you would never choose marriage. but, at the end of your days, you wouldn't trade it for anything in this world.' i think i like that one better.

so, here's to year #1 [and thanks again to jasmine, our off-the-charts, rock-star, incredible wedding photog for the moments that you captured]


28 comments:

  1. This is so sweet. You are both SO lucky to have each other :)

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  2. congrats on your first anniversary! God is so great to send us someone who so magnificently completes us, isn't he!?! praise Him :) enjoy the second year!

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  3. congratulations! first years are filled with a ton of trials, tribulations, learning curves and amazing memories! i loved my first year. i wish you many, many more years in love.

    sarah

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  4. Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Davis! Heres to the next 60+ years of happiness!!

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  5. happy anni you two!!! keep faith you two were meant for each other!! many many blessings and wishes of eternal love to you both!! we heart you and wish you so many more killer years together!! xoxoxo love, the ohana

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  6. So sweet.

    Here's to many, many more years to come. :)

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  7. So sweet. Happy 1 year anni you two! I wholeheartedly agree with your view of marriage. We "twenty something" year olds know what's up!

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  8. May the Lord bless you both abundantly! Love you guys
    xoxo

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  9. Happy Anniversary you two!

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  10. Congratulations you two!
    And I will be the first to admit that it was hard, very, very hard for me, but there is hope in the Lord. You are lucky to have one another. Enjoy the next 60 years :)

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  11. You can just tell that the two of you are something special. You definitely spread the hope to others too. Happy Anniversary!!

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  12. hap. happp. happpy anniversary!!!! what a beautiful post -- the two of you are seriously the cutest! CONGRATS!!!

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  13. too sweet! congrats on the one-year mark!

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  14. This is really beautifully written. Congrats on your first year down, and here's to many more!

    Also: Carlie. The buttons down the back of your wedding dress? SO DREAMY AND ROMANTIC!!!!! Gorgeous!

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  15. Happy Anniversary Gabriel and Carlie!

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  16. COngrats on one year. One guy said "you have to be married one year, to work on saying you've been married 20". One year at a time totally loving each other until you get all old and saggy! YAY.

    Next month will be our 6 year Annv and either we have fought the odds or "those people" are SO wrong.

    We totally adore eachother! I wish that for you two as well. :)

    Here is to actually being happy with your spouse and growing more dear to eachother every year!

    http://kristinrogersphotography.typepad.com/

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  17. thanks so much you guys! our family & friends [close & far] are who we turn to, to share our joy & our pain. without you, we would be alone in this thing. and we are so excited we are not alone. thank you for all your encouraging comments. we love you.

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  18. Oh I love it! You guys are so adorable together, and I LOVE J*’s pictures – but how could she get a bad one of you 2!? Any way, My husband and I just got married as young 20 some thing’s, and have been together for 7 years – living together for 5 , there are always hard moments, but the love behind it all outweighs every thing. I can’t wait till we hit our 1 year like you guys! (10 months to go) ;) .

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  19. Congrats you two, you really are one of the cutest couples ever. And on a side note, that last photo of you two at the bottom right (looks like the first dance) is one of my all time favorites of Jasmine. I had no idea it was yours! Awsome.

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  20. Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  21. happy anniversary! the 1st one is so special, no? may God continue to bless you & your beautiful marriage!

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  22. Congratulations!! I wish you two many many many more wonderful years together! -Masha

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  23. Happy Anniversary, I wish you both years of love and laughter!

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  24. Happy anniversary guys! Marriage is truly the biggest joy and blessing there is- through the hard times and the good. The years will go by faster and faster (we're at anniversary #3!) and the moments fill up with more and more love. Enjoy it!

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  25. Awe you made me cry!!!! Enjoy Vegas!

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  26. I feel so lame that Cat and I haven't posted our Anniversary photos yet! I have to get on her case about that. :) -David. Happy 1 year!

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  27. Oh love this post - just came across your blog and couldn't resist posting a comment :) You are a gorgeous couple - congrats :)

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