Happy 9th Anniversary My Love

Nine years ago today I woke up twitterpated with the thought that by the day’s end, I would be Mrs. Santee, the adoring wife of the handsome Jeremy Santee. I spent the morning in prayer with my Heavenly Father, overcome with gratitude for the grand blessing he was bestowing upon me. Then, I waltzed through the day preparing to be wed with a level of peace that I can only describe as a gift of stillness from the Lord that allowed me to take in every single moment with pure joy.

As I joined with family and friends to prepare the beautiful historic train depot for our celebration to come, every smile and laugh brought me so much joy. Every single hug and kiss I received ushered me one step closer to my groom.

By early afternoon, I was enjoying a relaxing time of pampering as my hair and nails were tended to. Later I met my mom and bridesmaids back in our suite to get dressed for the big event. From that point forward, everything seemed to move at a much faster pace. My family and bridal party met at Lion’s Park for professional photos. Jeremy’s family and groomsmen had finished their portion of photos before we arrived.

Soon we were at our church and guests were arriving. The gals were in the church office waiting for music to queue our entrance. All of my family had come in to love on me. It was very special that my dad, mom, brother, Grandma Sue and Aunt Patti were all in attendance. The time came when the wedding party started their walk into the sanctuary.  I poked my head out to see where we were at in the processional. It was a memorable moment that I’ll cherish forever when my dad met me at the door and said, “it’s just you and me now.” He helped me fix my veil and the lace train on my dress, and he began a slow and steady walk into the sanctuary and down the aisle where he would finally deliver me to my strikingly handsome fiancé.

I was SO, FULL, OF, JOY!!

Our moms joined together to light our unity candles, and then our Pastor greeted our guests and prayed to open our ceremony. My brother-in-law performed the ceremony wonderfully, and we had the honor of my sister-in-law gracing us with her beautiful singing voice. On that day the Gospel was shared with everyone in attendance. Jeremy and I knelt to pray together, and we were united as husband and wife. Our Lord was exalted, and it was a glorious day.

From that moment forward, there was a whole lot of greeting, hugging, kissing, photos, dancing, laughing, photos dancing, kissing, photos, kissing, laughing, kissing, kissing, kissing, kissing. Ha ha, I digress.

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Nine years ago today was one of my favorite days with my husband. Even so, God has allowed for our love, our time together, and our memories to sweeten over time. We’ve shared years learning more about love, respect, grace, adoration, forgiveness, understanding, loyalty, patience, communication, etc. My love for this mighty man of God has grown, stretched, and multiplied over the years as God continues to keep us and bless us.

Today, again, I am full of joy.

Happy anniversary my love.

In Him,

Mrs. Santee

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About Amanda

Hello world! It’s so nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping in. I hope you’ll stay a while. I look forward to knowing you better. As for me, I’m on a wonderfully crazy adventure through a not-so-ordinary life. Just as my husband promised when we wed, there’s never a dull moment! In this season, I’m on journey to learn more about “The Wife of Noble Character.” Ah yes, the Proverbs 31 Woman. I confess, and I’m sure this is just one of many shortcomings I’ll have to bare to you along the way, I had always thought of this figure to be an example for the women who work hard in the home and home school their children. I’m surrounded many of these awesome ladies, and they are A-MAZING, but at the end of the day, that’s not my life. I’m a working girl who spends a minimum of forty hours a week in the office, and I actually love it! So I’ve toiled with questions of whether or not I’m in the right place, whether or not I’m pursuing the right path in higher education, whether or not my pursuit of a professional occupation should continue, whether God would be glorified to a higher degree if I wasn’t employed full time. I’m a very… passionate person. My husband and I love that adjective because it rolls off the tongue a little sweeter than stubborn and hard headed, though the latter are true as well. Recently the Lord called me back to this passage to reveal His truths in a different light. He asked me to stop analyzing MY path and spend some time looking at Him. He’s even had me out of bed in the middle of the night reading Scripture in my closet, re-reading Proverbs 31 over and over, dissecting each line, researching alternate meanings of words and scrutinize their significance (yes, I’m a habitual student, a bit of a nerd in that sense.) As it turns out, this Scripture is much larger than the little box I tried to stuff it in. My light bulb moment… This passage is for me. Actually, it’s meant for every woman who lives according to the will of our Maker. He designed a unique life for each of us… Not that we would be particularly special and praise worthy in our differences, but that that He would be honored and glorified among the nations in so many different ways. I’m ready to have a ball on this journey toward the heart of God and knowledge of the P31 Woman. My pursuit will be honest and purposeful. At the same time, I proceed with a good sense of humor and a child-like heart. If you’re reading this hoping to gleam great wisdom of the ages, I apologize you had to read through my ramblings to find that you’re in the wrong place. Ha ha. I plan to learn from Scripture and the many wonderful women I’m surrounded by, and I imagine most of my successes will be attributed to their wisdom. I’ll be transparent in the process, so I ask for your forgiveness in advance for anything less than lovely. I’m prepared to laugh at myself, to pick myself up when I fall, and I promise not to take my toys and go home when things don’t go my way. If you’re following, please comment and share your thoughts, ideas, experiences, etc. Let’s go through this together! So, my beautiful friends, I welcome you to join me in pursuit of Proverbs 31 living with an eight to five. Blessings to you! P31 Working Girl

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